Stranger Things star Grace Van Dien has revealed she is taking a break from acting after allegedly experiencing sexual harassment on a film project.
The actress, who gained fame for her role as cheerleader Chrissy in the popular Netflix series, has turned down four film offers in the past few weeks and is instead focusing on streaming on Twitch.
In a recent Twitch stream, Van Dien spoke candidly about her decision to take a hiatus from acting, citing negative experiences with people she had to work with on recent projects. She explained that with Twitch streaming, she has control over who she hangs out with and doesn’t have to worry about being harassed.
“I’ve 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 then went on to describe an alleged incident on a film project where a producer asked her to have a threesome with him and another woman he was sleeping with. The actress declined the offer and reported the incident to her management. She did not identify the harasser or the film project.
“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, like, that’s my boss. I handled it the right way. I told my management.”
Van Dien’s co-star from Stranger Things, Joseph Quinn, has come out in support of the actress, saying that she has been subjected to toxicity and hatred from fans on social media. He called for more support and understanding for those who have been victims of sexual harassment and assault.
Van Dien is not giving up on acting altogether and is currently developing her own projects. She has appeared in several films, including “V for Vengeance” and “Roost,” and has additional projects currently in post-production.
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