Stranger Things’ Shannon Purser Reacts to 2017 Emmy Nomination as Season 2 Trailer Drops

Justice for Barb! Stranger Things favorite Shannon Purser opened up about her surprising Emmy nomination while attending San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 22.

“I mean it’s totally unimaginable,” Purser, 20, exclusively told Us Weekly at the star-studded weekend event. “I think about 12-year-old me who wanted to be an actress and then being nominated for an Emmy — I never would have dreamed of it. It’s amazing.” (The series scored 18 nominations in total, including Outstanding Drama Series.)

Shannon Purser wearing Swarovski jewelry at Netflix's "Stranger Things" Press line during Comic-Con International 2017 at Hilton Bayfront on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California.
Shannon Purser wearing Swarovski jewelry at Netflix's "Stranger Things" Press line during Comic-Con International 2017 at Hilton Bayfront on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

When asked when she feels the most confident, she added: “Probably when I finish a take and the director says it was great.”

Purser’s nod in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category came as a shock to many. However, Barb’s Upside Down unresolved storyline made her a standout with fans wanting more.

Finn Wolfhard, Dacre Montgomery, Millie Bobby Brown, Paul Reiser, Sadie Sink and Shannon Purser attend Netflix's "Stranger Things" panel during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California.
Finn Wolfhard, Dacre Montgomery, Millie Bobby Brown, Paul Reiser, Sadie Sink and Shannon Purser attend Netflix's "Stranger Things" panel during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

So much so, that Barb (with those retro glasses and mom jeans!) became a Halloween costume go-to and a shrine for her was built at Comic-Con — with her real baby pictures.

Even more, the Riverdale actress got a massive applause when she made a surprise appearance at the cast’s panel on Saturday, just before the season 2 trailer dropped.

“Is Barb going to be in season two?” she asked creators Matt and Ross Duffer from the crowd. The answer was no, but it was confirmed that Barb would finally get justice in the upcoming episodes.

Stranger Things’ season 2 debuts on Netflix on October 27. Watch the sneak peek in the video above!

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