Sadie Sink addresses the lip lock that sparked social media outrage.
Warning: This article contains a minor spoiler about the "Stranger Things 2" finale. Read on at your own risk if you're not caught up on the Netflix show.
Backlash erupted online earlier this week after some viewers accused the directors of pressuring the 15-year-old actress into a lip-lock that wasn't scripted, after her comments about the smooch on Netflix's after show, "Beyond Stranger Things" went viral. In an interview with The Wrap, however, she clarified her remarks.
"I mean, of course I was nervous because it's a first kiss, right?" she said. "But I never objected to [it] or felt pushed into anything. I always felt comfortable and the Duffer Brothers, they do the best job. And always create a comfortable space. And if I felt uncomfortable with anything, I wouldn't have done it."
The report added: "Just to make sure, TheWrap asked if anyone had prepped her on what to say about the kiss. At that point, an uncomfortable pause ensued, Sink's publicist said she believed she had answered the question fully."
Sink also told the publication that she and McLaughlin were already "really comfortable" with each other since they knew each other before she joined the show.
On "Beyond Stranger Things," Sink didn't appear all that excited to have her first kiss be in front of "200 extras and their parents and the crew and my mom."
Sink said, "I get there, the first day of Snow Ball, me and Noah are walking in seeing the decorations and stuff. One of you, I think it was you Ross [Duffer], you say, 'Oh Said, you ready for the kiss?' I'm like, 'What! No! That's not in the script. That's not happening.' So the whole day I was like stressed out."
"You reacted so strongly to this," Duffer said. "I was just joking and you were so freaked out that I was like, 'Well, I gotta make her do it now.'"
And that's what ticked off some viewers, who interpreted it as a grown man forcing a young teenager girl to kiss a teenage boy on camera.