Stranger Things star on 'creepy' Jamie Campbell Bower transformation

EXCLUSIVE: Grace Van Dien reveals how it felt filming her death scene.

Grace Van Dien’s character Chrissy Cunningham quickly became a Stranger Things fan-favourite this year, even though she only appeared in the first episode of season four. Viewers were drawn to her character’s chemistry with Eddie Munson, played by Joseph Quinn.

Her death sequence was the first time fans saw the new way that Vecna, played by Jamie Campbell Bower, was able to kill his victims. In a terrifying sequence, viewers were glued to their seats as they watched Chrissy run through a creepy house, before levitating to the ceiling and having her bones broken.

L: Jamie Bower Campbell. R: Jamie Bower Campbell as Vecna on Stranger Things
It took almost eight hours each day for Jamie Bower Campbell to transform into Vecna. Photo: Getty & Netflix

This was the first time Grace has ever played a character that was killed on screen, and she opened up to Yahoo Lifestyle about how ‘creepy’ it was.

“It was the first time I’ve ever died on screen so it was a lot of fun. And I just love how brutal and lasting it is,” she tells us. “That part in the house…was a bit spooky.”


Jamie famously wore an extreme amount of prosthetics for his role as Vecna, with Netflix revealing it would take him almost eight hours in the makeup chair each morning.

“Jamie is so talented, so [he] definitely got under my skin [and] creeped me out,” Grace admits.

Vecna about to kill Chrissy Cunningham on Stranger Things season four
Stranger Things star Grace said that Jamie 'creeped' her out during the dark sequence. Photo: Netflix

The star had met him a few days prior to shooting the death sequence, and she says that his ability to be so terrifying on screen is a reflection of his acting skill.

“He’s so lovely, and so unlike Vecna which is a testament to his talent,” she gushes.

The star said she was “excited” to join the hit Netflix show, and added that she found the cast "lovely" to work with.


The Duffer brothers, who are the masterminds behind the popular show, have previously admitted that they regretted killing Chrissy after her chemistry with Eddie was a huge hit with fans.

Grace says that she believes both Chrissy and Eddie have ‘already served their purpose’ for the story, but can’t hide the fact that she would love to come back in the future.

“I would never say no to being on Stranger Things ever,” she declares.

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