Stranger Things actor Caleb McLaughlin branded his co-star Joe Keery a 'mom bro' after footage of him sticking up for the cast resurfaced online.
Keery's character Steve Harrington became the unwitting 'babysitter' of the younger characters after getting wrapped up in the dramatic consequences of the upside down in the first series of Stranger Things, and ever since he's been responsible for keeping an eye on Dustin, Mike and the rest of the gang.
Steve's concern for the kids is one of the many reasons fans love his character, but his actions at 2017's Comic Con prove it's not something he has to feign for his role.
See how he supported Finn Wolfhard below:
In a video shared on TikTok this month, Keery could be seen defending co-star Wolfhard, who plays Mike, after he had his name mocked at the event by actor Patton Oswalt.
As the stars were introduced on stage, Oswalt described Wolfhard as 'an actor born with the greatest porn name ever'. Another clip shows him encouraging the actor not to 'do anything called Stranger Thongs'.
Wolfhard, who was just 14 at the time, appeared to laugh at the comment, but Keery defended his castmate at the event as he encouraged the actor to 'ignore him'. David Harbour, who plays Hopper in the Netflix series, shared the same advice.
After the clip was shared on TikTok, McLaughlin, who plays Lucas, commented: "Joe's really Mom bro. Truly an inspiration."
Oswalt received backlash for his interaction with Wolfhard immediately after Comic-Con and has since apologised, responding to a tweet criticising him to say: "WHY did it happen? 'Cuz I thought I️ was being funny but was actually a graceless a**hole. I've since apologised and, I hope, learned."
Wolfhard and his castmates were thrust into the spotlight at a young age following the success of the first series of Stranger Things in 2016, and Harbour has recently shared his thoughts on the impact of the fame.
Speaking with The Los Angeles Times for its The Envelope podcast, the actor said: "I see what these kids have to deal with and, look, whatever. There's a lot of people that go through, I guess a lot worse stuff.
"But mentally and psychologically, I think getting extremely famous and being so doted on at 11 years old is really hard for the psyche to reconcile with."
Wolfhard was just 13 years old when the show began; McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin) were 14, and Millie Bobbie Brown (Eleven) was 12.
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