Winona Ryder reveals which of her ‘Stranger Things’ co-stars is ‘going to be like Meryl Streep’

Winona Ryder speaks to fans onstage during Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 4 New York Premiere at Netflix Brooklyn on May 14, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York
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On the cusp of the fourth season of the Netflix hit series “Stranger Things,” star Winona Ryder sat down for an interview and could barely contain her praise for the show’s young cast and even labeled one as the next Meryl Streep.

“I continue to be blown away by these kids,” she said to E! News. “I grew up in the ‘80s… I was their age when the show takes place. These kids are just magic.”

Like many fans, Ryder has noticed that the now 18-year old Millie Bobby Brown – donning a longer, brown-haired wig this season – bears a striking resemblance to a young Ryder. With one notable difference.

"When I was that age, I had dyed-black [hair], goth going on,” said Ryder. “But there is definitely a resemblance."

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But it was the acting talents of 20-year-old Sadie Sink, who plays Max, that Ryder made special mention of, comparing her to two of the greatest actresses of all time.

“Sadie is like Liv Ullmann,” Ryder gushed. “I mean she’s going to be like Meryl Streep.” And Ryder would know firsthand – she worked with Streep on the 1993 film, “The House of the Spirits.”

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Sadie Sink at the "Stranger Things" season 4 premiere on May 14, 2022. Photo credit Getty Images

As implied, Ryder is not only impressed by the young cast’s acting, but their ability to jibe with the vibe of the show's '80s era seamlessly – probably not easy for youngsters who can’t imagine a world without cellphones.

Not to mention, Ryder was once a “next big thing” teenage star herself, as she gained praise in her breakout roles in "Beetlejuice" (1988), “Heathers” (1989) and “Edward Scissorhands” (1990). So she can definitely identify with the upcoming actors.

Behind the scenes she’s probably cluing the kids into the possible setbacks of young stardom, as she experienced a few herself.

"They're all so talented. Just kind, good people," Winona said. "I'm very protective, and I have mixed feelings about kids in the industry. But we really scored with these kids. It's been great watching them grow up."

“Stranger Things” season four begins streaming on Netflix on Friday, May 27.

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