Charlie Heaton of 'Stranger Things' on Why He and Co-Star Natalie Dyer Kept Romance Private

February 26, 2020

A couple in real life and on screen.

Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), is opening up about why he and “Stranger Things” co-star Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler) previously kept their relationship a secret from the public.

The 26-year-old told GQ that they weren’t being sneaky on purpose, but they didn’t want to jeopardize a huge career opportunity at Netflix over something that might not have lasted long term.

“We didn’t really know what the relationship was,” he said.

But there was no denying the sparks and natural chemistry between the pair, which co-creator Matt Duffer revealed were intense even before they were cast in the roles.

“That first audition, we did a chemistry read with [Heaton and] Natalia, and sparks were flying,” Duffer admitted.

Dating rumors first began in 2017 after the duo was spotted together at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Despite keeping mum on the romance, Heaton and Dyer opened up about the hardships of managing an on-screen and off-screen relationship in July. They told PEOPLE NOW that they often confuse their own relationship with their characters’ romance.

Heaton and Dyer are both set to reprise their respective characters for the fourth season of “Stranger Things,” which is currently filming and shocked fans with the reveal that a major character is returning.

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