Despite only appearing in four episodes of "Stranger Things", actress Shannon Purser was nominated for an Emmy Thursday morning for her small, but beloved role as Barb.
Her nomination in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category was one of the biggest surprises of the morning, but perhaps the Television Academy decided there's something to be said about an actress who makes fans care so much about a character that she gets her own hashtag, #JusticeForBarb.
Purser's character went viral on social media last summer shortly after the horror series premiered and viewers quick binge-watched on Netflix only to discover her character's sad, sad fate. Barb seems to have resonated with people because of her awkward personality, quirky style and dedication to her best friend -- who decided to hook up with a cool boy at school instead of hang by Barb's side by the pool that fateful night. Purser may have lost out on another season of "Stranger Things" as a result, but she ended up topping many other actresses to secure the coveted nomination.
Purser now stars as Ethel Muggs on CW's "Riverdale," and though her time on "Stranger Things" was short lived, the show has made it clear it will somehow honor her in Season 2. Milly Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven on the series, was also nominated for an Emmy this year.
Purser opened up about her battle with depression and anxiety back in February. With the success of "Stranger Things," and particularly an internet full of admirers for her character in particular, Purser made it clear that even with sudden fame, fortune and a trending hashtag, depression does not discriminate.
"A lot of people look at people who have depression and think that it's not legitimate because they're wealthy or it looks like everything seems to be doing fine. But it doesn't pick and choose. It can affect anybody in the brain, no matter how perfect your life seems," she said.
Twitter was quick to react to the news of Purser's nomination, deeming that this might actually be "the first time the internet has willed an Emmy nomination into existence."