David Harbour admits he thought Stranger Things would be ‘a disaster’ and nobody would watch

‘We thought nobody would watch it’: David Harbour admits he thought Stranger Things would be ‘a disaster’ while filming season one of the show

With the release of season four earlier this year, Stranger Things shot to the top of Netflix‘s Most Popular English-language TV series list.

But David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper in the sci-fi series, has admitted he thought it would be a ‘disaster’ when he began filming. 

Appearing from season one as one of the show’s core characters, the actor, 48, also revealed that on set the team ‘thought nobody would watch it’.

Disastrous: David Harbour, 48, has admitted that he thought Stranger Things would be 'a disaster' while filming season one of the show (pictured as Jim Hopper in the show)

Disastrous: David Harbour, 48, has admitted that he thought Stranger Things would be ‘a disaster’ while filming season one of the show (pictured as Jim Hopper in the show)

During an appearance on The One Show on Monday, David chatted to presenters Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas on the whopping success of the Netflix show.

‘Did you expect it to be such a huge success?,’ questioned Jermaine.

Explaining he had no idea of the scale it would get to, David replied: ‘Not at all. I remember when we were shooting the first season down in Atlanta, Netflix had given us a budget of about $20.

Not sure: Appearing from season one as one of the show's core characters, the actor also revealed that on set the team 'thought nobody would watch it' (Millie Bobby Brown pictured in the show)

Not sure: Appearing from season one as one of the show’s core characters, the actor also revealed that on set the team ‘thought nobody would watch it’ (Millie Bobby Brown pictured in the show)

Explaining: During an appearance on The One Show on Monday, David chatted on the whopping success of the Netflix show

Explaining: During an appearance on The One Show on Monday, David chatted on the whopping success of the Netflix show

‘Halfway through I remember my hair person coming up to me, about episode four we were shooting, and she was like “I don’t think it’s gonna work”.

Continuing: ‘I was like “what!” so by the time we wrapped up filming I thought we wouldn’t get a second season. We’d be the first Netflix show ever to never get a second season. We thought no one would watch it and it was gonna be a disaster.’

And referencing the show bringing Kate Bush’s 1985 hit Running Up That Hill back into the charts, Alex jested: ‘And here you are, I mean nobody’s more surprised than Kate Bush to be fair.’

‘You’re welcome, Kate!,’ laughed David. 

Chatting to Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas, Jermaine questioned: 'Did you expect it to be such a huge success?'

Chatting to Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas, Jermaine questioned: ‘Did you expect it to be such a huge success?’

Not going to work? 'Halfway through I remember my hair person coming up to me, about episode four we were shooting, and she was like "I don't think it's gonna work"

Not going to work? ‘Halfway through I remember my hair person coming up to me, about episode four we were shooting, and she was like “I don’t think it’s gonna work”

Not only has Stranger Things risen to enormous popularity, but David’s character has also become one of the most loved amongst fans, as he portrays the disheveled chief of police with a kind heart.

The recent series’ release was reported to be the most popular premiere weekend ever for an English TV show on Netflix, shooting to no.1 in over 90 countries.

David appeared on The One Show alongside Bill Pullman, as the pair also discussed starring in Theresa Rebeck’s Mad House.

And he proved to be popular with the talk show’s fans too, as viewers took to Twitter to explain their excitement. 

‘David Harbour on the one show I LOVE THAT MAN’, wrote one fan, as another explained: ‘David Harbour on the one show… my mum just got so excited.’ 

'I love that man': And he proved to be popular with the talk show's fans too, as viewers took to Twitter to explain their excitement

‘I love that man’: And he proved to be popular with the talk show’s fans too, as viewers took to Twitter to explain their excitement

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