‘Stranger Things’ Star David Harbour On Acting And Living With Bipolar Disorder – NPR

Stranger Things
TERRY GROSS, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry GROSS. Our guest, David Harbour, stars in the popular Netflix series "Stranger Things." And if you don't watch that, perhaps you recognize him from having hosted "Saturday Night Live" this season on an episode that was just rebroadcast on Saturday. On "Stranger Things, " Harbour plays the police chief in the fictional town of Hawkins, Ind., in the 1980s, when the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy leads to the discovery of a secret government agency that kidnaps children with psychokinetic powers. Their experiments have accidentally opened a portal to an alternate dimension filled with monsters that start attacking the town. A few years earlier, Harbour's character, Jim Hopper, lost his daughter to cancer, which tore apart his marriage. When "Stranger Things" begins, he's suffering from depression and self-medicating with pills and alcohol. But as he's drawn into the supernatural events surrounding Hawkins, he's able to draw himself up and become a hero, albeit a flawed one, as he bands together with a group of adolescents to fight the monsters. .

He even adopts a girl who has escaped from the secret government agency. She goes by the name Eleven and is played by Millie Bobby Brown. David Harbour spoke with FRESH AIR producer Sam Briger. They started with a clip from Season 3 of "Stranger Things." Jim Hopper's adopted daughter now has a boyfriend. That couple spends a lot of time in her bedroom making out, and it's driving Hopper crazy. So he seeks advice from Joyce, the mother of one of the band of kids, who he also has feelings for. .

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