Lili Reinhart Defends Stranger Things‘ Finn Wolfhard After Fan Criticism

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Finn Wolfhard recently found himself under fire after he chose not to stop to take pictures with fans who were waiting outside his hotel. The 14-year-old was called rude and heartless following the incident, which was caught on camera. Stranger Things actress Shannon Purser defended her co-star, saying “No actor is under any obligation to stop for anyone. Finn is an incredibly kind human. But he’s human and he needs breaks too.”

But while she meant well, she ended up getting hate for her words, too. Now, Lili Reinhart is stepping in to defend the teenager and the rest of the ST kids from the criticism.

The Riverdale actress chatted with Elle magazine about what happened to Finn and how she can relate to the uncomfortable situation he was put in by fans.

She said, “My heart definitely goes out to the Stranger Things cast. I think it’s sickening and disgusting to see someone calling out poor Finn, who’s just this young actor, calling him out for being rude because he’s not stopping. He’s an actor, but he never asked you to take time out of your day to wait for him and his autograph and for a picture with him.”

The actress understands that the fans were just trying to show their support by wanting pictures and autographs, but thinks “there shouldn’t come a sense of entitlement from fans that we owe them every second of our lives.”

Lili continued saying, “Yes, we as actors are so appreciative of our fans, but there comes a point where, if we’ve been working all day, we don’t owe 100 percent of ourselves to anyone, and that shouldn’t be expected. Finn is a human; he’s a kid. And to call him rude for not taking every second that he has out of his day to take a photo with someone, it’s ridiculous. My heart goes out to him, because I definitely understand. You know, we’re human beings.”

It’s important to remember that celebrities are people, too, and need a break every now and then.