In his interview with Dan Patrick, David Harbour expressed concern that Millie Bobby Brown was thrust into stardom at such a young age: “Millie and I have always had sort of a special relationship, because I knew her when she was so young. I knew her before any of this big fame hit … I have a real fatherly affection for her.”
He continued to explain, “It’s on one hand wonderful to see her do this beautiful job. It’s so moving. And on the other hand, I can really only see her as this Eleven character, and just see her in that pain.”
“Stranger Things” helped Harbour, who is a parent, to raise his own daughter. “I’m very much a New York sort of city rat,” he told Patrick. “I like my freedom, my independence. And it was really this part that did change a lot of that perspective. The show sort of opened my heart in a lot of different ways, and one of the ways that it did was it started to make me realize how thin my existence was without a family.”
“Stranger Things” is currently in production on Season 4, in which it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Harbour’s Hopper.