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Natalia Dyer worries that social media could ‘limit’ her acting ability

69th Primetime Emmy Awards ? Arrivals ? Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Natalia Dyer. REUTERS/Mike Blake

69th Primetime Emmy Awards ? Arrivals ? Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Natalia Dyer. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Published May 7, 2022

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Natalia Dyer is worried that social media could “limit” her as an actress.

The 27-year-old star, best known for her role as Nancy Wheeler in the Netflix sci-fi series “Stranger Things”, feels a “pressure” to use Instagram to engage with her 6 million followers but she is concerned she is “underqualified” to speak publicly on certain issues and also doesn’t want to end up “overexposed”.

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She told the new issue of Cosmopolitan UK magazine: “Its role in our society is evolving so much, and I don’t know if we’re evolving as fast as it. In some ways, I’m very grateful to have a platform and fans that care about what you have to say.

“But I also think there’s a lot of pressure to say things, and in a lot of ways I feel underqualified. I also wonder if being too overexposed could limit my ability to do what I do well.

“As an actor, I want to be able to try and fail at things. I also want to be able to melt into characters and be someone else.

“I have moments where it feels right to engage and talk about something, but in a lot of ways it’s about trying to absorb and listen and grow as a human before I throw out my ideas and opinions.”

The “Velvet Buzzsaw” actress is dating co-star and on-screen boyfriend Charlie Heaton and is curious as to why their relationship is of such interest to fans.

She said: “I’m always curious as to why it comes up. Why do people want to know about it? I think it’s a natural instinct to want to know more about the people who are on your screens for hours, about what they’re like in real life. [But] now that I’ve experienced the other side of it ...

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“It sounds so cliché, but I’m just a person, too. Some people are very good about being open and sharing, and other people feel a little more comfortable holding some things for themselves.”

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