Stranger Things star turns down work due to 'unwanted' producer advances

Stranger Things star Grace Van Dien is taking time away from the big screen to focus on streaming after some unwanted experiences on set.

Van Dien, who played Chrissy Cunningham in season four of the Netflix hit, was prominent in the most recent season for her scenes with Joseph Quinn's Eddie Munson.

While streaming on Twitch on Tuesday (March 7), she commented that she had turned down multiple filming offers recently due to past bad experiences.

“Here’s the thing," she started.

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"I have seen that some people are upset with me for turning down acting projects and deciding to stream more, but the fact of the matter is the last few projects I’ve worked on I didn’t have the best experiences with some of the people I had to work for."

Van Dien, whose Twitch handle is bluefille, highlighted one particular experience during the stream.

She added: "One of the last movies I did, one of the producers asked me to… like, he hired a girl that he was sleeping with and then he had her ask me to have a threesome with them.

"So… that’s my boss. And then I didn’t and I cried and I was so upset. But when people are like, ‘How is streaming better for your mental health?’ That’s how. I get to stay inside my house and play video games, and I don’t have my boss asking me to have sex with them.”

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Her parents are actors All American's Casper Van Dien and Carrie Mitchum, so she has an acting pedigree, but in the meantime, she wants to keep her screen time under her control.

She said: “I’m happy here, and I’m developing my own projects.

“I’m hoping that someone decides to fund them because then I can be in control of my own set, and I’m not gonna ask my actors to sleep with me.”

Stranger Things seasons 1-4 are now streaming worldwide on Netflix.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include the NHS, Samaritans on 116 123 or Mind on 0300 123 3393). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit

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