You Will Not Believe What "Mad" Max From Stranger Things Looks Like IRL

If you're sick of the love triangle between Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler, and Jonathan Byers, thankfully Stranger Things 2 offered up another plot line that's far less frustrating. After being introduced to "Mad" Max in episode one, Dustin and Lucas are immediately infatuated with the local arcade's new crowning king queen and student: Maxine Mayfield. The California transplant quickly stole the hearts of our two favorite characters (not to mention us), and now we need to know: Who is "Mad" Max IRL?

Turns out, she's just as badass as the character she plays on screen. At just 15 years old, Sadie Sink is already a Broadway vet who's acted alongside Dame Helen Mirren as well as Woody Harrelson (who convinced her to go vegan, btw). Like many child actors, even her first kiss was on screen (spoiler alert) and she was not thrilled about it.

After spending a solid amount of time on Sink's Instagram page, we realized one other thing about the actress: Like Millie Bobby Brown before her, she's poised to be the next breakout red carpet beauty star. Click ahead to see Sink's beauty evolution — and exactly why you should be paying more attention to her come awards season.

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Back in 2013, Sink was just 11 years old and making her way as a young star focusing most of her work in theater. Fun fact: That iconic red hair and her impressive vocal range landed her a spot as the redheaded orphan in the Broadway hit Annie. (Though she still wore a wig.)
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According to W magazine, Sink took a break from social media due to an influx of harsh comments from Stranger Things fans accusing the actress of not being "tough enough" to play a tomboy. Why? Because she has red hair. (Eye roll.) As evidenced by other famous and powerful redheads on TV (Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale, Joan Holloway on Mad Men, Lucille Ball, to name a few), there's no doubt Sink holds her own.
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As Sink got older, she found her signature beauty look — minimal makeup, groomed brows, and slicked-back hair — that shows off her blue eyes and porcelain skin.
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But in Stranger Things 2, Sink's character is a "tough skater girl from California" — which called for a lot of fake tanner for both her and her step-brother Billy Hargrove. Sink quickly learned that the price you pay for a radiant glow is one awful smell.
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While attending the ST season two premiere, the young actress rocked three major beauty trends at once: a subtle contour, brushed-up brows, and blotted lip. We're calling it now: This is a beauty star on the rise.
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