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Fans wonder if Natalia Dyer smokes as cosy photo with Charlie Heaton resurfaces

Bruno Cooke July 4, 2022
Natalia Dyer at the Stranger California Experience in Mexico City
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Stranger Things 4 is off with a bang. Fans love it, reviewers like it, and Collider reports Stranger Things 5 is already in the works.

Every time a new season comes around, curiosity about the actors’ lifestyles hits fever pitch. 

Earlier this year, Elle revealed Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer’s relationship is “officially” the magazine’s favourite romantic coupling to emerge from the Upside Down.

What else do we know about Natalia Dyer outside Stranger Things – does she smoke as some have rumoured in the past?

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Does Natalia Dyer smoke?

No. At least, Taddlr seems sure on the subject. It answers: “No, never”.

This isn’t quite true, however. Natalia Dyer has smoked at least one cigarette in her lifetime – although that may actually be a little presumptuous.

She has smoked at least one smokable thing, once. She did so while perambulating around Paris, holding hands with Charlie Heaton, some time in 2018.

Someone posted a screenshot of two photos to Fandom as evidence. Dyer appears to be smoking in one of the photos. But that doesn’t mean she is, or even was at the time, a habitual smoker.

There is also the possibility Natalia hasn’t been captured smoking outside or in more social situations. Therefore, there is no concrete nor definitive answer.

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How did people react to the picture that appears to show Natalia Dyer smoking a cigarette?

The post on Fandom has just two reactions. The first, and most substantial, of the two reads as follows: 

“Not to be rude, but even though smoking sucks, it’s their decision to do it.”

The user then related what they say happened to Cole Sprouse, another actor, after he uploaded a video to Instagram in which he had a cigarette in his hand.

The other user wrote simply; “Oof”. As in, an expression of surprise. It’s worth noting other fans claim to have seen, and even met, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton “smoking on the street”. It may or may not be true.

Others have described them with apparent affection as an “angsty, emo, cigarette-smoking skinny white couple”.

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What else has she been in recently?

Stranger Things was undoubtedly her big break, but Natalia Dyer has amassed a total of 22 acting credits since 2009, according to IMDB.

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Her earliest on-screen role was as Clarissa Granger in Hannah Montana: The Movie. Stranger Things premiered in 2016, introducing her to a global fanbase.

But between Hannah Montana and Stranger Things, Natalia appeared in movies such as The Greening Of Whitney Brown (2011), Don’t Let Me Go (2013), and I Believe In Unicorns (2014).

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) came later. Dyer also appeared in Acting For A Cause (2020) as Jane Eyre. Two productions featuring her are currently in post-production: Chestnut (in which she plays Annie) and All Fun And Games (Billie).

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.