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Meet Popular Girl: Francesca Reale!


Aug 21, 2019


Meet Francesca Reale!  You probably know her from the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things,” the show is  about  a group of teenagers that investigate and battle a paranormal force in the 80’s. In season three, her character, Heather, becomes the main part of a dark mystery. We absolutley love this suspenseful drama, its a must see!

We were thrilled to catch up with Francesca at our photo shoot in New York City, and ask her some of our exclusive questions!

Tell us about your “Stranger Things” and your relationship to the cast?

Working on “Stranger Things” was one of the best experiences I have ever had and working with a cast as welcoming, warm and collaborative made it that much more special.

How are you and your character similar? And how are you and your character different?

My character and I are both authoritarian from time to time which is how we are similar. We are different in that I am not possessed and alive and Heather is neither of those things.

What is your favorite city to visit?

Currently I am visiting Vancouver, Canada! I used to work on a show here and am always happy to return. It’s definitely one of my favorite cities to come to.

Three people—dead or alive, real or fictional—that you’d like to invite to dinner?

Queen Elizabeth II, RBG, Hilary Duff.

Dream concert ticket (any band, any decade)?

I watched “Bohemian Rhapsody” on my flight and Live Aid looked like a real experience. I would want to go to that concert.

Turn ons?

Humor, humor and more humor.

Turn offs?

Big ego, judgmental, anti-social.

Tell us a secret.

I used to steal pens from restaurants after if they worked really well.

Do you have a party trick?

If I do I have no idea what it is.

An embarrassing moment?

When I was back home from college I went to an ice cream shop with a friend and put on a British accent to practice for a scene I was working on. Little did I know the person working there went to high school with me and recognized me… I, very embarrassed, dropped the British accent.

Your proudest moment?

When I got my first job.

Favorite movie?

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

TV addiction?

“The Crown”

What does Popular mean to you?

To me it just means something mutually enjoyed and encouraged to a mass group of people.

Can you tell us about any other projects you have coming up?

I worked on this incredibly funny movie “Yes God Yes” that premiered this year at SXSW. I can’t wait for it to find its way hopefully into theaters or a streaming platform for all to see!



  • Photographer Emily Assiran