Max Mayfield doesn’t lack confidence. Minutes after we meet her in “Stranger Things” season 2, a fight with her brother becomes a dangerous game of chicken with oncoming traffic. Max, notably, doesn’t blink.
However, Sadie Sink, who plays Max on “Stranger Things,” isn’t quite so unflappable. “Self-belief is obviously such an important thing and people preach about it all the time, but it’s a lot harder in practice,” Sink admitted in a Glamour UK cover story. “Playing Max, who is such an outspoken and bold character, has helped build my confidence up.”
That confidence has catapulted Sink from the set of the Netflix show to a number of high-profile projects. The first is the second installment of Leigh Janek’s “Fear Street” trilogy, which premiered in the summer of 2021 to massive acclaim. That project was arguably an appetizer for her role as Taylor Swift’s cipher in the video for Swift’s “All Too Well (10 Minute Version),” which adds visual components to the musician’s seminal breakup anthem.
That appearance, plus “Stranger Things,” would be enough to make Sink a Gen Z icon, but she isn’t resting on her laurels. The actress recently wrapped Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” which Sink calls “the best experience I’ve ever had on a film set.” Sink may still be young, but she’s already amassed a body of work to match the conviction that Max has inspired in her.