Since debuting on “Stranger Things” in 2017, Sadie Sink has delivered some of the show’s most passionate performances, most recently wowing fans with her acting prowess in the “Dear Billy” episode of season four. A powerhouse in her field, Sink – who has been acting since 2011 – has starred with Helen Mirren on Broadway, Brie Larson on screen and even Taylor Swift in her “All Too Well” music video. She was also nominated for an MTV Movie & TV Award for Most Scared Performance in her role as Ziggy Berman in “Fear Street: Part Two 1978”. Acting accolades and credits aside, the 20-year-old still struggles with everyday insecurities like self-doubt and impostor syndrome, which her character Max Mayfield helped her overcome. overcome slowly.
“Growing up in this industry, you always compare yourself to others,” Sink told Glamor in a recent cover story. “That’s when you start doubting your abilities and those are my biggest insecurities, especially when it comes to my own acting. As you gain experience, it becomes less a matter of competition and ‘Oh my God, am I good enough?’ and more about finding yourself and drowning out the noise that comes with being in this industry.”
“There are a lot of issues with being a young woman in today’s society, but I like to focus on what’s real.”
In addition to the pressures of being a young actor in the entertainment industry, Sink has also been forced to contend with the unrealistic beauty standards imposed on young women in the spotlight. “It’s impossible not to worry about these things,” she says of unhealthy expectations. “There are a lot of issues that come with being a young woman in today’s society, but I like to focus on what’s real. is what I pay attention to rather than liking pictures or whatever.” people post or wear and what they think I should be wearing, whether it’s clothes or makeup.”
With so many factors working against her, Sink’s self-confidence journey remains a work in progress, but she’s already found a key way to take control. While other stars her age make social media a priority – incorporating different platforms into their brand – Sink sets healthy boundaries for herself by actively avoiding social media, a deliberate decision that allows her to step away from toxic internet culture and troll comments. “I don’t have the Instagram app or any social media apps on my phone,” she says. “I download it sometimes to check in, but I don’t really like to associate myself with the negative stuff on social media. It took me a while to realize that social media probably isn’t the best place to me, but now I don’t really do it.”
“For me, playing Max, who is such an outspoken and bold character, really helped boost my confidence.”
When dealing with the pressures of such a fast-paced and capricious industry, Sink makes it a point to put his sanity first, tackling each new challenge one day at a time. “Self-confidence is obviously such an important thing and people preach about it all the time, but it’s much harder in practice,” she says. “Confidence is something that always goes up and down. There are times when you feel really confident and there are times when you feel a little less sure. For me, playing Max, who is such an outspoken and daring character, really helped build my own confidence.Throughout middle school and high school, I don’t think there was ever a time when I didn’t doubt myself or feel unsafe and just try to find myself . You really have to get past those teenage years before you get there.”
Sometimes the pressure can still be overwhelming, which is when Sink gives himself permission to step back and recharge. Despite the challenges associated with such a demanding career, playing hard remains one of her biggest confidence boosters. “I feel most empowered on set,” she says. “Doing what I love since I was six years old is where I feel best.”