What Sadie Sink did before Stranger Things

Sadie Sink is just one of the outstanding talents to emerge from Stranger Things. The star, who plays the feisty Maxine Mayfield, captured viewers’ hearts as they watched her grow from a lanky 14-year-old into a stunning young woman gracing the covers of fashion magazines in Season 2. And she has the world at her feet. Not only does she have over 24 million followers on Instagram alone, but co-star Winona Ryder couldn’t stop singing her praises. The actor who plays Joyce Byers on ‘Stranger Things’ told E! News: “Sadie is like Liv Ullmann.” Adding, “She’s gonna be like Meryl Streep.” All eyes on you Sadie, no rush.

However, the “Fear Street” actress was blown away when she landed the role of Max. Apparently she had been a fan of the show and had followed the first season. She told Interview Magazine, “So it was a really exciting project when I came in to audition and then I got four callbacks and after the callbacks they wanted me to do a screen test and the next day I found out I could do the part It seems like producers recognized her talent right away and she’s been taking the world by storm ever since. But before Sink auditioned for Stranger Things, she took Broadway by storm with her portrayal of another iconic character.

Sadie Sink surprises as Annie on Broadway

With her signature red hair and spunky demeanor, it’s easy to imagine Sadie Sink making the perfect Annie. At the tender age of 11, per Teen Vogue, the young star belted out timeless classics like “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” The actress was thrilled when she landed the role of the red-haired orphan, telling Flaunt, “It was my first Broadway show. It was like a dream come true. At the time, it was all I really wanted.” Her Broadway career also saw her meet her Stranger Things co-star, Caleb McLaughlin, who plays Lucas Sinclair, when she was just 10 years old. Sinclair told Variety, “We used to see each other in Times Square in that park that all these Broadway kids used to go to.”

Born in 2002, Sink has already learned so much about working in the entertainment industry. She feels like a latecomer to the Hollywood scene and sees herself as a “theater kid”. She told Coveteur about her experiences since starring in a popular Netflix series. “When I come from theater, it’s such a smaller world with fewer frills. I never really had a chance to process what happened. I didn’t really think so [kind of fame] would come with anything.” But at one point, the star thought her career was over before it even got started.

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Sadie Sink thought she’d ‘never work again’

While Sadie Sink is best known for her role on Stranger Things, she had an impressive career before her Netflix breakthrough. In addition to working alongside the legendary Helen Mirren in a 2015 Broadway production of The Audience, she has also appeared in other television and film roles. Sink has starred in “The Glass Castle” and even starred in “Blue Bloods,” according to IMDb. Most notably, she played the role of Suzanne Ballard in “American Odyssey.” And while she had a promising career leading up to the world’s most-watched English series, she was once discouraged with her career’s progress.

Sink revealed to Coveteur that there was a period when the roles stopped coming because she was an awkward age for casting purposes. She elaborated, “It’s funny, puberty is already the worst time of your life and when you stop working it’s like the worst thing that could ever happen — you’re like, ‘I’m never going to work again.'” So she went back to school and enjoyed life as a normal teenager. Of course, it wasn’t long before she auditioned for a role on Stranger Things. And the rest, as they say, is history. Sink has been recognized as a rising star and her days off work are a thing of the past. She has landed several roles in other films while starring in the series, including the acclaimed “Fear Street” trilogy. Attention Meryl Streep!