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Gaten Matarazzo Reveals His Most Disturbing Fan Interaction

By Andrew Sanford | Celebrity | May 29, 2024 |

By Andrew Sanford | Celebrity | May 29, 2024 |


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Fans can be weird. There is a sense of ownership some feel that can make them territorial or nasty. Some can become critical in a way that feels mean (and a little unhinged). Others will use their fandom to attack other fandoms and fans, proclaiming the thing they love as superior to all other things. It’s bad behavior that can make liking something feel embarrassing. Then there are examples where obsessive fandom goes beyond rationality and legality.

When Stranger Things debuted in 2016 (insane), it was led by a group of young teenagers. The charismatic child actors did a wonderful job conveying emotionality and fear in the spooky series. It was undeniable that they were a talented group of actors. They used that talent to capture the hearts and minds of fans around the world. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, some fans have taken that too far.

Gaten Matarazzo, one of the stars of Stranger Things, recently talked with Michael Rosenbaum on his podcast Inside of You. The actor revealed to Rosenbaum that a woman once hit on him because she had had a crush on him since he was 13. “This woman in her 40s said straight up, she goes, ‘I’ve had a crush on you since you were 13,’ and I was like, ‘That’s upsetting!’” Matarazzo told Rosenbaum.

It is upsetting! There’s nothing sweet or quirky about it. It’s a creepy thing to say to a human being. Matarazzo tried to assume the woman meant well, but she quickly made it clear that her intentions were no good. “[I thought] like, ‘I’m sure she just meant, like, “Aw this kid’s cute,”’” Matarazzo explained. “But then she doubled down. Like, ‘I’m aware of the age difference,’ and then I was like, ‘Alright.’” No good!

Nothing could make that worse, right?! Wrong. The woman wasn’t approaching Matarazzo alone. She also had her daughter with her. “Her daughter was with her,” Matarazzo said. “And her daughter goes, ‘Mom, what the f***?’ I swear to God, this girl must have been like 13, and she goes, ‘Mom, what the f***?’” Matarazzo didn’t say when this specifically happened, but I can only imagine that the daughter is old enough now to know this story is being told. The embarrassment must be palpable.