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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mDavidHarbour.I'maTony-nominatedactorandIcurrentlyplayJimHopperintheNetflixseries,StrangerThings.Askmeanything!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE3/30@4pmET.

David Harbour
David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things

Your questions will be answered on Thursday, March 30th at 4pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi! I'm David Harbour. I'm a Tony-nominated actor who currently plays Jim Hopper on the Netflix series Stranger Things. I received the 2016 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

On film, I was most recently in the action thriller Sleepless and Suicide Squad. Before that, I appeared in Black Mass opposite Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Joel Edgerton. Other films include The Equalizer, opposite Denzel Washington, A Walk Among Tombstones, co-starring Liam Neeson, Parkland, End of Watch, Revolutionary Road, Thin Ice, Brokeback Mountain, The Green Hornet, Quantum of Solace, W.E., and Between Us.

On TV, my other credits include WGN America’s 1940’s series Manhattan as rival scientist Reed Akley, The Newsroom, NBC’s State of Affairs, Rake, and Pan Am.

When it comes to theatre, I received a Tony nomination for the revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? My other theatre credits include Fifth of July, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Merchant of Venice, Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love, and The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center Theater. 

Some fun facts about me are that I'm a graduate from Dartmouth College with a double-major in drama and Italian, and I live in NYC.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Thursday, March 30th at 4pm ET.


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  • Barbara Lee 58

    I'm a huge reader and, among other things, loved your role in Revolutionary Road ~ one of my favorite books.  Do you read the book before taking a lit role to screen?

    I'm a huge reader and, among other things, loved your role in Revolutionary Road ~ one of my favorite books.  Do you read the book before taking a lit role to screen?

  • David Harbour
    David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
    2y ago

    hey everyone, sorry about the difficulties today, ill try to answer as many questions as I can, thanks for your patience and interest;)

    hey everyone, sorry about the difficulties today, ill try to answer as many questions as I can, thanks for your patience and interest;)

  • David Harbour
    David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
    2y ago

    hey everyone, sorry about the difficulties today, ill try to answer as many questions as I can, thanks for your patience and interest;)

    hey everyone, sorry about the difficulties today, ill try to answer as many questions as I can, thanks for your patience and interest;)

  • Karen Pulido 69

    You are my favorite badass tv cop, I love you ❤️, if you can explain season 2 into one word; which would it be?

    You are my favorite badass tv cop, I love you ❤️, if you can explain season 2 into one word; which would it be?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      one word: badass

      one word: badass

  • Yetta
    2y ago

    I have a few questions, if you don't mind. 

    1. Did you do all your own singing in The Wedding Weekend? 
    2. Did you ever try making the "secret steak recipe" from black mass? 
    3. What is your favorite medium to work in: Film, TV, Theater? 
    4. Do you ever watch your old work? or at least youtube clips from films and TV? If not, you should. My favorite clip is from The Newsroom, "Be less desperate for female friends!" 
    5. Out of all the TV shows you were a part of, what was your favorite to work on (not counting Stranger Things because that show is perfect). 
    6. What are some of your favorite things to watch: tv, films, youtube clips?
    7. This last one isn't a question. That SAG speech was amazing!  I think you're pretty amazing too. I enjoy your work a lot. Chief Hopper is a legend and now you are too! 

    I have a few questions, if you don't mind. 

    1. Did you do all your own singing in The Wedding Weekend? 
    2. Did you ever try making the "secret steak recipe" from black mass? 
    3. What is your favorite medium to work in: Film, TV, Theater? 
    4. Do you ever watch your old work? or at least youtube clips from films and TV? If not, you should. My favorite clip is from The Newsroom, "Be less desperate for female friends!" 
    5. Out of all the TV shows you were a part of, what was your favorite to work on (not counting Stranger Things because that show is perfect). 
    6. What are some of your favorite things to watch: tv, films, youtube clips?
    7. This last one isn't a question. That SAG speech was amazing!  I think you're pretty amazing too. I enjoy your work a lot. Chief Hopper is a legend and now you are too! 

  • lobofan5
    lobofan5 Sarcasm queen
    2y ago Ohio, United States

    Why did you major in Italian? 

    Why did you major in Italian? 

  • gabis
    2y ago

    Hey david! Its not really a question but could you someday take a selfie with winona and post it? Haha i miss her and you

    Hey david! Its not really a question but could you someday take a selfie with winona and post it? Haha i miss her and you

  • Stephanie Camarillo 29

    I'm a big giant nerd. I totally dweeb over you as Chief Hopper! I have to ask. Do you ever check out the fan art and fan fiction stuff that are posted online? If so, what do you think of all that? :)  P.S- I can NOT wait for Stranger Things Season 2. 

    I'm a big giant nerd. I totally dweeb over you as Chief Hopper! I have to ask. Do you ever check out the fan art and fan fiction stuff that are posted online? If so, what do you think of all that? :)  P.S- I can NOT wait for Stranger Things Season 2. 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      I love the fan art.  seen so much of it.  Ive seen some jopper fan pic that I like to, but would love to see more.  got any hop favs that you love.  send me a twitter link and ill check it out.  I love the passion and investment the fans have in hopper and I love the ideas y'all come up with.  thanks for being a nerd, I am too.  may the nerds long rule the world 

      I love the fan art.  seen so much of it.  Ive seen some jopper fan pic that I like to, but would love to see more.  got any hop favs that you love.  send me a twitter link and ill check it out.  I love the passion and investment the fans have in hopper and I love the ideas y'all come up with.  thanks for being a nerd, I am too.  may the nerds long rule the world 

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  • sarahkangarue
    2y ago

    who are your favorite painters, photographers, and musicians that continue to produce a thought provoking reaction in you even years after first discovering them?

    who are your favorite painters, photographers, and musicians that continue to produce a thought provoking reaction in you even years after first discovering them?

  • sarahkangarue
    2y ago

    who are your favorite painters, photographers, and musicians that continue to produce a thought provoking reaction in you even years after first discovering them?

    who are your favorite painters, photographers, and musicians that continue to produce a thought provoking reaction in you even years after first discovering them?

  • sarahkangarue
    2y ago

    who are your favorite painters, photographers, and musicians that continue to produce a thought provoking reaction in you even years after first discovering them?

    who are your favorite painters, photographers, and musicians that continue to produce a thought provoking reaction in you even years after first discovering them?

  • David Harbour
    David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
    2y ago

    hey everyone, harbour here, thanks for the questions ill try to get to as many as I can


    hey everyone, harbour here, thanks for the questions ill try to get to as many as I can


  • Meredith B.
    2y ago

     Hi there Mr. Harbour, I'm a huge fan! My Name is Meredith Beals and recently you read from Moby Dick, which you stated was one of your favorite pieces of Literature. I was wondering what are some of your other favorites pieces of literature and why? Also, you once said that the NEA gave you a scholarship for writing a play do you think you'll try to write again?

     Hi there Mr. Harbour, I'm a huge fan! My Name is Meredith Beals and recently you read from Moby Dick, which you stated was one of your favorite pieces of Literature. I was wondering what are some of your other favorites pieces of literature and why? Also, you once said that the NEA gave you a scholarship for writing a play do you think you'll try to write again?

  • Meredith B.
    2y ago

     Hi there Mr. Harbour, I'm a huge fan! My Name is Meredith Beals and recently you read from Moby Dick, which you stated was one of your favorite pieces of Literature. I was wondering what are some of your other favorites pieces of literature and why? Also, you once said that the NEA gave you a scholarship for writing a play do you think you'll try to write again?

     Hi there Mr. Harbour, I'm a huge fan! My Name is Meredith Beals and recently you read from Moby Dick, which you stated was one of your favorite pieces of Literature. I was wondering what are some of your other favorites pieces of literature and why? Also, you once said that the NEA gave you a scholarship for writing a play do you think you'll try to write again?

  • Meredith B.
    2y ago

     Hi there Mr. Harbour, I'm a huge fan! My Name is Meredith Beals and recently you read from Moby Dick, which you stated was one of your favorite pieces of Literature. I was wondering what are some of your other favorites pieces of literature and why? Also, you once said that the NEA gave you a scholarship for writing a play do you think you'll try to write again?

     Hi there Mr. Harbour, I'm a huge fan! My Name is Meredith Beals and recently you read from Moby Dick, which you stated was one of your favorite pieces of Literature. I was wondering what are some of your other favorites pieces of literature and why? Also, you once said that the NEA gave you a scholarship for writing a play do you think you'll try to write again?

  • Meredith B.
    2y ago

     Hi there Mr. Harbour, I'm a huge fan! My Name is Meredith Beals and recently you read from Moby Dick, which you stated was one of your favorite pieces of Literature. I was wondering what are some of your other favorites pieces of literature and why? Also, you once said that the NEA gave you a scholarship for writing a play do you think you'll try to write again?

     Hi there Mr. Harbour, I'm a huge fan! My Name is Meredith Beals and recently you read from Moby Dick, which you stated was one of your favorite pieces of Literature. I was wondering what are some of your other favorites pieces of literature and why? Also, you once said that the NEA gave you a scholarship for writing a play do you think you'll try to write again?

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  • krista
    2y ago

    Can you please tell us if you explore more of Joyce and Hopper's relationship and their past this season? 

    Can you please tell us if you explore more of Joyce and Hopper's relationship and their past this season? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      (smiles shyly)

      (smiles shyly)

  • dkharboi
    2y ago

    favorite quote from stranger things?

    favorite quote from stranger things?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      should I stay or should I go

      should I stay or should I go

  • Lucía
    Lucía jim hopps
    2y ago

    Hi there! Do you enjoy playing the good guy or being the villain is more interesting? 

    Hi there! Do you enjoy playing the good guy or being the villain is more interesting? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      getting into the good guys recently .  but complicated good guys 

      getting into the good guys recently .  but complicated good guys 

  • Embee
    2y ago

    Hiya, David! I was curious as to how you've 'dealt' with becoming a household name virtually overnight. Are you still able to go to your local coffee-shop with your anonymity in tact or do the Hop Heads make such things difficult? Thanks!!

    Hiya, David! I was curious as to how you've 'dealt' with becoming a household name virtually overnight. Are you still able to go to your local coffee-shop with your anonymity in tact or do the Hop Heads make such things difficult? Thanks!!

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      its become a little weirder ya.  but my friends still all make fun of me and treat my horribly so that helps temper it :)

      its become a little weirder ya.  but my friends still all make fun of me and treat my horribly so that helps temper it :)

  • Kerry Purcell 40

    Hi David, I've read that you are a big Shakespeare fan.  Do you have a favourite role/character that you have portrayed or a dream role that you would like to play? 

    Hi David, I've read that you are a big Shakespeare fan.  Do you have a favourite role/character that you have portrayed or a dream role that you would like to play? 

  • Danielle Cavanagh 26

    Hey! First of all, I  wanted to say thanks for the inspiration, your SAG speech actually gave me hope to keep fighting to good fight! Anyway I was curious to know if you had any aspirations or plans to perform on stage again, particularly the west end :) thanks for all you do and can't wait for season 2 of ST ^^

    Hey! First of all, I  wanted to say thanks for the inspiration, your SAG speech actually gave me hope to keep fighting to good fight! Anyway I was curious to know if you had any aspirations or plans to perform on stage again, particularly the west end :) thanks for all you do and can't wait for season 2 of ST ^^

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      no plans yet, but would love to.  thanks for the SAG love

      no plans yet, but would love to.  thanks for the SAG love

  • Lucía
    Lucía jim hopps
    2y ago

    Hey, David! If you could play another Stranger Things character for a day, who would you choose and why? 

    Hey, David! If you could play another Stranger Things character for a day, who would you choose and why? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      ted wheeler.  I like chicken.  what'd I dooooooo?


      ted wheeler.  I like chicken.  what'd I dooooooo?


  • dkharboi
    2y ago

    will 🗣 jopper 🗣 rise

    will 🗣 jopper 🗣 rise

  • gabis
    2y ago

    Do you ship jopper?

    Do you ship jopper?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      ship ship

      ship ship

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  • dkharboi
    2y ago

    okay but when are we gonna get the longer trailer of season two

    okay but when are we gonna get the longer trailer of season two

  • dkharboi
    2y ago

    thoughts about #jopper? 👀

    thoughts about #jopper? 👀

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      (smiles slyly)

      (smiles slyly)

  • stephanie.yang

    Hi David! What has been your most rewarding role to play? Is there a certain topic or genre you hope to be able to represent on screen in the future? Thanks!

    Hi David! What has been your most rewarding role to play? Is there a certain topic or genre you hope to be able to represent on screen in the future? Thanks!

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      on film, hop.  on stage, hamlet.  I would love to do some Shakespeare on film someday.  ken Branagh, where u at??

      on film, hop.  on stage, hamlet.  I would love to do some Shakespeare on film someday.  ken Branagh, where u at??

  • dkharboi
    2y ago

    who inspires you the most?

    who inspires you the most?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      great prose

      great prose

  • Gabriel Trumper

    Hey, big fan! I want to now how is your relationship with millie brown out of the stranger things studio?

    Hey, big fan! I want to now how is your relationship with millie brown out of the stranger things studio?

  • Gabriel Trumper

    Hey, big fan! I want to now how is your relationship with millie brown out of the stranger things studio?

    Hey, big fan! I want to now how is your relationship with millie brown out of the stranger things studio?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      buds.  but I try to be a bit fatherly to her, so I set some boundaries.

      buds.  but I try to be a bit fatherly to her, so I set some boundaries.

  • Elaine Omori 77

    Hi David! I'd love to hear about your taste in music - who are some of your favorite artists? Also, bonus question: what do you think Hop's music taste would be like?

    Hi David! I'd love to hear about your taste in music - who are some of your favorite artists? Also, bonus question: what do you think Hop's music taste would be like?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      you'll get to see exactly Hop's taste in music this season, so I won't spoil it for you.  there's a great moment in ep2 where Hop and music are a big thing.  and you may get to see him ... well, I won't say more.  it was very very fun to film tho.


      I like all kinds of things, usually on the pop side of things, love Michael Jackson, love Lorde, and many others.  also dig bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel, and also I can get down to some covers from puddles pity party.  love me a clown that sings the blues

      you'll get to see exactly Hop's taste in music this season, so I won't spoil it for you.  there's a great moment in ep2 where Hop and music are a big thing.  and you may get to see him ... well, I won't say more.  it was very very fun to film tho.


      I like all kinds of things, usually on the pop side of things, love Michael Jackson, love Lorde, and many others.  also dig bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel, and also I can get down to some covers from puddles pity party.  love me a clown that sings the blues

  • Yetta
    2y ago

    What was your favorite bad guy you played? And who was your favorite person to work with in film? 

    What was your favorite bad guy you played? And who was your favorite person to work with in film? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      fav bad guy was ray in walk among the tombstones.  fav person in film to work with was probably Joel Edgerton...learned so much watching him


      fav bad guy was ray in walk among the tombstones.  fav person in film to work with was probably Joel Edgerton...learned so much watching him


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  • alannaaa
    2y ago

    Toughest scenes you've ever had to film? 

    Toughest scenes you've ever had to film? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      had to get kicked in the face by Denzel in equalizer.  that was a hard day 

      had to get kicked in the face by Denzel in equalizer.  that was a hard day 

  • alannaaa
    2y ago

    Favourite characters from Stranger Things? 

    Favourite characters from Stranger Things? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      can't pick one.  maybe Flo.  love flo.

      can't pick one.  maybe Flo.  love flo.

  • alannaaa
    2y ago

    How much do you relate to Jim Hopper?

    How much do you relate to Jim Hopper?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      too much

      too much

  • alannaaa
    2y ago

    Hardest acting role you've ever taken up?

    Hardest acting role you've ever taken up?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      hardest role to play was hamlet.  I did it at a theater in Maine when I was 22.  we cut very little, the production was about 3 and a half hours long.  and I was ill equipped, but passionate as hell.  so fun, so exhausting

      hardest role to play was hamlet.  I did it at a theater in Maine when I was 22.  we cut very little, the production was about 3 and a half hours long.  and I was ill equipped, but passionate as hell.  so fun, so exhausting

  • alannaaa
    2y ago

    What are some of the most fun and incredible acting roles you've taken up? 

    What are some of the most fun and incredible acting roles you've taken up? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      love all the Shakespeare I've done.  hamlet, Claudio, bassanio among others.  loved nick in who's afraid of Virginia woolf.  

      love all the Shakespeare I've done.  hamlet, Claudio, bassanio among others.  loved nick in who's afraid of Virginia woolf.  

  • Sasha Blemming
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi! My boyfriend and I are a huge fan of ST! Can you give us any hints on how your character develops in season 2? 

    Hi! My boyfriend and I are a huge fan of ST! Can you give us any hints on how your character develops in season 2? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      hop starts season 2 in a completely different place than season 1.  he saved will and has found a renewed interest in life.  so his arc for s2 in my mind becomes more about butting up against the places where his hero fantasy can't take him.  the places where that hero complex may force him to make the wrong decisions.  its a satisfying, completely different journey in s2

      hop starts season 2 in a completely different place than season 1.  he saved will and has found a renewed interest in life.  so his arc for s2 in my mind becomes more about butting up against the places where his hero fantasy can't take him.  the places where that hero complex may force him to make the wrong decisions.  its a satisfying, completely different journey in s2

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    What is your favorite episode and why?

    What is your favorite episode and why?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      episode 8.  start to finish its so damn moving.

      episode 8.  start to finish its so damn moving.

  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    2y ago New York, NY, USA

    It's an honor to have you @David Harbour. What would you say to those who are at the brink of giving up their dreams? Do you have a moment from your own journey in which that was almost the case, but then you pulled through to success?

    It's an honor to have you @David Harbour. What would you say to those who are at the brink of giving up their dreams? Do you have a moment from your own journey in which that was almost the case, but then you pulled through to success?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      success is a relative term.  even if I wasn't being paid to act I would still be acting in community theater or somewhere.  and you can make a living in acting and don't have to be a widely known name.  a lot of actors work in regional houses across this country and make a living and I consider that a success.  I was sort of fed up with the parts I was playing in movies right before stranger things tho and was considering stopping those and focusing muuuuuch more on just working in theater.  luckily stranger things renewed my passion for film and tv - tho I still love theater

      success is a relative term.  even if I wasn't being paid to act I would still be acting in community theater or somewhere.  and you can make a living in acting and don't have to be a widely known name.  a lot of actors work in regional houses across this country and make a living and I consider that a success.  I was sort of fed up with the parts I was playing in movies right before stranger things tho and was considering stopping those and focusing muuuuuch more on just working in theater.  luckily stranger things renewed my passion for film and tv - tho I still love theater

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  • QuinnScholl42
    2y ago

    Hey David, what is the best advice you've ever been given? And what is the best advice you can give? 

    Hey David, what is the best advice you've ever been given? And what is the best advice you can give? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      best advice: never take advice, including this.


      you gotta do things your own way.  you have to find your own path.  you have to take what appeals to you and leave all the rest.  and as Lauren hill says, 'dreams come slow'

      best advice: never take advice, including this.


      you gotta do things your own way.  you have to find your own path.  you have to take what appeals to you and leave all the rest.  and as Lauren hill says, 'dreams come slow'

  • Jeremiah Brown

    Hey! Big fan of the show and your character! No spoilers, but have you seen any rough cuts or any of the episodes from Season 2 yet? 

    Hey! Big fan of the show and your character! No spoilers, but have you seen any rough cuts or any of the episodes from Season 2 yet? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      yes, I've seen a lot of episode 1 and have seen a lot of the shooting at the monitor and I can honestly say that I am so excited for you all to see this season.  its so fun and dark and complex.  the characters all get to deepen and develop and we get to take on even greater demons (inner and outer).  thanks for loving Hop, I love him too

      yes, I've seen a lot of episode 1 and have seen a lot of the shooting at the monitor and I can honestly say that I am so excited for you all to see this season.  its so fun and dark and complex.  the characters all get to deepen and develop and we get to take on even greater demons (inner and outer).  thanks for loving Hop, I love him too

    • QuinnScholl42
      2y ago

      Add-on: which episode are you most excited for?

      Add-on: which episode are you most excited for?

      • David Harbour
        David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
        2y ago

        episodes 4 and 5 are pretty epic.  last year I felt they were the slowest of the season and this season 4 and 5 are incredible.  the story moves so fast in the middle and the tension is so high.  they're killer, but I haven't even seen 8 & 9 yet, and they'll likely be even better

        episodes 4 and 5 are pretty epic.  last year I felt they were the slowest of the season and this season 4 and 5 are incredible.  the story moves so fast in the middle and the tension is so high.  they're killer, but I haven't even seen 8 & 9 yet, and they'll likely be even better

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  • Jeremiah Brown

    How is working with the kids this season? Is it less of a terror now that they've grown and matured a bit?

    How is working with the kids this season? Is it less of a terror now that they've grown and matured a bit?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      the kids are all great, but the success of the show has created a new complexity for them that they are all grappling with.  I don't know what its like to be a 12 year old with 3 million Instagram followers.  its gotta be tough on the soul of someone so young.  my hope is that they all continue to grow and develop their talents and keep their heads above water amidst all this.  we'll see, hopefully none of them will end up in rehab at 18.  it'll more likely be me that bottoms out first :)

      the kids are all great, but the success of the show has created a new complexity for them that they are all grappling with.  I don't know what its like to be a 12 year old with 3 million Instagram followers.  its gotta be tough on the soul of someone so young.  my hope is that they all continue to grow and develop their talents and keep their heads above water amidst all this.  we'll see, hopefully none of them will end up in rehab at 18.  it'll more likely be me that bottoms out first :)

    • Gabriela Motroc
      Gabriela Motroc Mogul Influencer | Content specialist @EclipseFdn
      2y ago Frankfurt, Germany

      I would love to hear the answer to this question, too.

      I would love to hear the answer to this question, too.

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  • yuanyangty
    2y ago

    Hey David; huge fan of you and ST! What was your favorite scene to film, and what was your favorite to watch? :) 

    Hey David; huge fan of you and ST! What was your favorite scene to film, and what was your favorite to watch? :) 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      fav to film was ripping apart the trailer looking for the bug.  fav to watch is when we save will in ep 8.  so moving.

      fav to film was ripping apart the trailer looking for the bug.  fav to watch is when we save will in ep 8.  so moving.

  • Leah 94
    2y ago

    Did you ever struggle as an actor before making it? What would you say to those that are struggling?

    Did you ever struggle as an actor before making it? What would you say to those that are struggling?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      of course I struggled for many many years.  all I say is that if you HAVE to act, then you HAVE to make it happen.  tenacity.  tenacity tenacity.

      of course I struggled for many many years.  all I say is that if you HAVE to act, then you HAVE to make it happen.  tenacity.  tenacity tenacity.

  • mka
    mka
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    What would your dream role be? And what are the things you consider when taking on a role? :)

    What would your dream role be? And what are the things you consider when taking on a role? :)

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      I love hop and rugged Messed up guys like him and would like to play more of them.  dream role theater wise is Coriolanus.  great Shakespeare play.  love that tortured crazy guy, Coriolanus, not Shakespeare 

      I love hop and rugged Messed up guys like him and would like to play more of them.  dream role theater wise is Coriolanus.  great Shakespeare play.  love that tortured crazy guy, Coriolanus, not Shakespeare 

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  • Amra_Serdarevic
    Amra_Serdarevic Content writer
    2y ago Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Hi, David. First I want to say I love your character on Stranger Things and you did a great job portraying Hop. Do I have some sort of a ritual you do before shooting? If you could guest star on any show right how, which one would you choose? Thank you. 

    Hi, David. First I want to say I love your character on Stranger Things and you did a great job portraying Hop. Do I have some sort of a ritual you do before shooting? If you could guest star on any show right how, which one would you choose? Thank you. 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      the bachelorette.  but I don't go to the gym enough.  dammit.


      I like to role my own cigarettes and I find that can calm me down as a ritual.  but also I do practice relaxation as defined by strasberg's method school of acting, so I do that work before I shoot

      the bachelorette.  but I don't go to the gym enough.  dammit.


      I like to role my own cigarettes and I find that can calm me down as a ritual.  but also I do practice relaxation as defined by strasberg's method school of acting, so I do that work before I shoot

  • Kelly Hudson
    2y ago

    I was curious to hear your thoughts on the President and just how you are feeling about politics overall in the US?

    I was curious to hear your thoughts on the President and just how you are feeling about politics overall in the US?

  • Kelly Hudson
    2y ago

    Hi David! You are such a movie star. So cool you are here. What's it like to be in the entertainment world? Are the people nice? Also, I really admire your SAG Awards speech and appreciate how passionate it was.

    Hi David! You are such a movie star. So cool you are here. What's it like to be in the entertainment world? Are the people nice? Also, I really admire your SAG Awards speech and appreciate how passionate it was.

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      thank you Kelly.  that sag speech was a great moment for me.  loved to be able to say that about artists in this country.


      the entertainment industry, like any industry, has both good and horrible elements.  I think it has issues when it becomes too much about commerce and not enough about creativity.  I think the risks that they allowed us to take in stranger things is rare, too rare in the industry.  Netflix was very intrepid and let us play and that's in my opinion why it worked so well.  and people are people wherever ya go.  some are just the best, and some are jerks.  you know how it is.  in general tho, I love the band of carnival people that the movie business lineage stems from.  we're all a bunch of crazy carnies

      thank you Kelly.  that sag speech was a great moment for me.  loved to be able to say that about artists in this country.


      the entertainment industry, like any industry, has both good and horrible elements.  I think it has issues when it becomes too much about commerce and not enough about creativity.  I think the risks that they allowed us to take in stranger things is rare, too rare in the industry.  Netflix was very intrepid and let us play and that's in my opinion why it worked so well.  and people are people wherever ya go.  some are just the best, and some are jerks.  you know how it is.  in general tho, I love the band of carnival people that the movie business lineage stems from.  we're all a bunch of crazy carnies

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    2y ago Ohio, United States

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  • Rebecca Clark
    Rebecca Clark Writer, editor, intersectional feminist
    2y ago Ohio, United States

    Hi David! I'm a huge fan of "Stranger Things" and I'm glad to see you as part of the Mogul platform! I have two questions: 1. I'm sure the Stranger Things kids look up to you as a role model, but am I correct to assume you've learned a thing or two from working with them? 2. Can you give us ANY hints about what's to come in season 2?? :) 

    Hi David! I'm a huge fan of "Stranger Things" and I'm glad to see you as part of the Mogul platform! I have two questions: 1. I'm sure the Stranger Things kids look up to you as a role model, but am I correct to assume you've learned a thing or two from working with them? 2. Can you give us ANY hints about what's to come in season 2?? :) 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      they're so spontaneous open and alive.  its amazing.  I constantly learn about acting from them.


      and no Rebecca, no no no, I can't tell you nothing bout s2, cept yer gonna love it

      they're so spontaneous open and alive.  its amazing.  I constantly learn about acting from them.


      and no Rebecca, no no no, I can't tell you nothing bout s2, cept yer gonna love it

  • Jenny Gray
    2y ago Ithaca, NY, United States

    Hi David - Love your performance and so excited for Season 2! What's it like working on set with so many talented young actors? Do you enjoy working with a younger age group? Do you have any close relationships with the bunch?

    Hi David - Love your performance and so excited for Season 2! What's it like working on set with so many talented young actors? Do you enjoy working with a younger age group? Do you have any close relationships with the bunch?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      my favorites change weekly.  they're all great, when they're  not farting during a take.  the hormones are beginning to show too which is well, weird.  kids.  kids.

      my favorites change weekly.  they're all great, when they're  not farting during a take.  the hormones are beginning to show too which is well, weird.  kids.  kids.

  • Rachel Borowicz
    Rachel Borowicz Software Engineer & Arts Philanthropist
    2y ago San Francisco, CA, United States

    What did you think of the Women's March? What do you think of women's continued voicing of their hopes and concerns with the current administration, with regards to women's rights, such as Mogul's #ReadMyLips campaign?

    What did you think of the Women's March? What do you think of women's continued voicing of their hopes and concerns with the current administration, with regards to women's rights, such as Mogul's #ReadMyLips campaign?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      who could not completely love millions of women marching for equality and respect.  there is only one answer to this question.  it was a heroic inspired incredible movement.  more please.

      who could not completely love millions of women marching for equality and respect.  there is only one answer to this question.  it was a heroic inspired incredible movement.  more please.

  • Rachel Borowicz
    Rachel Borowicz Software Engineer & Arts Philanthropist
    2y ago San Francisco, CA, United States

    So excited to have you! What is your own favorite show?

    So excited to have you! What is your own favorite show?

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      I loved DEADWOOD on hbo when it came out.  I love most of milch's stuff.  I also love Simon's THE WIRE.  so many good shows tho, hard to choose.  I also like trashy stuff like the bachelor and dancing with the stars...dont judge too harshly Rachel..

      I loved DEADWOOD on hbo when it came out.  I love most of milch's stuff.  I also love Simon's THE WIRE.  so many good shows tho, hard to choose.  I also like trashy stuff like the bachelor and dancing with the stars...dont judge too harshly Rachel..

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi David! Thanks so much for being a guest. You are awesome. What is the day to day like for you at Stranger Things in terms of the rehearsal process and how it works from when you receive the script to shooting an episode? 

    Hi David! Thanks so much for being a guest. You are awesome. What is the day to day like for you at Stranger Things in terms of the rehearsal process and how it works from when you receive the script to shooting an episode? 

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      BETHANY!  fun fact, Bethany and I did merchant of Venice with al Pacino on broadway.  wow, huh.  yeah was very cool.


      we don't rehearse much, but we're all so comfortable with each other that we take risks naturally intuitively and quickly so there isn't much need.  I do a lot of work outside rehearsals to be ready, but once we shoot we are pretty quick about it all.  fun to live in the spontaneous nature of whatever happens happens.

      BETHANY!  fun fact, Bethany and I did merchant of Venice with al Pacino on broadway.  wow, huh.  yeah was very cool.


      we don't rehearse much, but we're all so comfortable with each other that we take risks naturally intuitively and quickly so there isn't much need.  I do a lot of work outside rehearsals to be ready, but once we shoot we are pretty quick about it all.  fun to live in the spontaneous nature of whatever happens happens.

  • Courtney Dercqu
    Courtney Dercqu Content Marketing Strategist & Writer
    2y ago

    Hi David! I love your performance in Stranger Things. I even have a bumper sticker of your infamous line from the show :) I'd love to know what it was that specifically drew you to the Stranger Things script as opposed to other projects? Look forward to hearing from you!

    Hi David! I love your performance in Stranger Things. I even have a bumper sticker of your infamous line from the show :) I'd love to know what it was that specifically drew you to the Stranger Things script as opposed to other projects? Look forward to hearing from you!

    • David Harbour
      David Harbour Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things
      2y ago

      it was the best pilot id read in a long time.  also the character reminded me of a lot of brash, messed up leading men characters I admired from the 70s and 80s.  the guys nick note, Harrison ford, jack Nicolson and gene hackman played in their younger days.  it was a dream to me to play homage to that.  he's just such a rich character, one of the most fun to play of my whole career.

      it was the best pilot id read in a long time.  also the character reminded me of a lot of brash, messed up leading men characters I admired from the 70s and 80s.  the guys nick note, Harrison ford, jack Nicolson and gene hackman played in their younger days.  it was a dream to me to play homage to that.  he's just such a rich character, one of the most fun to play of my whole career.

      • Courtney Dercqu
        Courtney Dercqu Content Marketing Strategist & Writer
        2y ago

        That's awesome! I can definitely understand why you thought that. From the first episode it had a different feel from anything that's been out recently. I think that's a huge reason why it's been as successful as it's been. Everything anymore seems to be a remake and this seemed original and a wonderful homage to those sci-fi movies from the 80s. Thank you so much for answering my question. Looking forward to Season 2!

        That's awesome! I can definitely understand why you thought that. From the first episode it had a different feel from anything that's been out recently. I think that's a huge reason why it's been as successful as it's been. Everything anymore seems to be a remake and this seemed original and a wonderful homage to those sci-fi movies from the 80s. Thank you so much for answering my question. Looking forward to Season 2!

    • DAVIDPREM
      2y ago

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David Harbour
Tony Nominated Actor & Starring in Netflix Hit Series, Stranger Things

Tony nominated actor David Harbour has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile actors around, consistently delivering compelling performances on film, television and stage. For his role as Chief Jim Hopper in Netflix’s smash hit “Stranger Things,” Harbour won the 2016 SAG Award for [...]

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