Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton’s characters on Stranger Things began dating while their 1984 Hawkins, counterparts did the same thing.
When Dyer and Heaton were cast as Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers on the Netflix series in July 2016, viewers immediately noticed the spark between them.
Fans began wondering if the two stars were an actual couple within a few months of the film’s debut. In 2017, after attending the Golden Globes together, the duo was sighted at Los Angeles International Airport, sparking further dating suspicions.
When they first started dating, Dyer and Heaton tried very hard to keep their relationship a secret, which Heaton admitted to in an interview with GQ.
He told the media outlet, “We didn’t really know what the relationship was.” “The sneakiness could have been needless anyway.”
Since then, the two have become more public with their relationship by attending red carpet premieres together and posting love messages to each other online. Here’s the full rundown of Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton’s relationship, from their first meeting on Stranger Things through the latter’s Instagram debut.
September 2015: Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton meet on the set of Stranger Things
Dyer and Heaton’s first encounter was in 2015 on the set of their smash Netflix series. Dyer’s Nancy Wheeler was presented to viewers as being in a love triangle with Heaton’s Jonathan Byers and Joe Keery’s endearing Steve Harrington. Fans of the show wanted Dyer and Heaton to wind up together in real life at the conclusion of the season because of their sizzling on-screen chemistry.
The two had chemistry even before they were cast in their roles together. According to an interview with GQ, co-creator Matt Duffer said, “That first audition, we did a chemistry read with [Heaton and] Natalia, and sparks were flying.”
July 15, 2016: Stranger Things premieres on Netflix, starring Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton
Dyer and Heaton, who at the time were 21 and 22, became overnight sensations alongside the rest of the cast when Season 1 of Stranger Things premiered on Netflix on July 15, 2016.
In an interview with The Independent in 2020, Dyer discussed the impact of the show’s massive popularity on the young actors.
“No one could have predicted the show’s incredible success,” she remarked. Nothing was ready, and even if we had known, we still couldn’t have been ready. It came as a complete and utter shock to everyone. Then it became accepted that “this is the new normal.”
The first Instagram post of Natalia Dyer was made by Charlie Heaton on September 9, 2016.
Heaton uploaded a photo from his vacation to the island of Menorca with his “amigos,” which included Dyer, just after Netflix announced that Stranger Things will be returning for a second season.
September 14, 2016: Charlie Heaton appears on Natalia Dyer’s Instagram for the first time
A photo of Dyer and Heaton appeared on each other’s Instagram accounts a few days after Dyer initially appeared on Heaton’s account. Dyer said, beside a photo of Heaton by himself with a flock of birds perched on his shoulders, “Wow congrats @charlie.r.heaton on his new one-man show Stranger Wings!! S2: “Gonna miss you a lot, but I’m glad you’re living your dream.”
October 29, 2016: Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton dress up together for Halloween
Dyer and Heaton celebrated Halloween 2016 as the Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, respectively, with two other friends. Fans loved watching the on-screen couple hang out and began wondering whether they were dating after seeing them in a group costume where they didn’t picture close to each other.
January 9, 2017: Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer are spotted together at LAX
Dyer and Heaton were pictured at LAX together after leaving Los Angeles after attending the 2017 Golden Globes with the rest of the Stranger Things ensemble.
When Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer walk the red carpet for the first time on December 4, 2017, the internet will explode.
In 2017, the pair finally confirmed the romance rumors by appearing on the red carpet together at the London Fashion Awards.
January 13, 2018: Charlie Heaton sends Natalia Dyer birthday love
Heaton posted a nice snapshot of the actress clutching a piece of cake to celebrate Dyer’s 23rd birthday. He said in the photo’s caption, “Happy 21st birthday! @nattyiceofficial I’m excited to start this new series with you and hope it’s a fantastic year. Everything points to a fantastic outcome. 🎂🎉🥂🙏🏻 I’m not in the best of health, but I hope to see you tonight at Piedmont Park, x.
Dyer told PopSugar that the birthday message and the caption were meant to be a private joke between the two of them.
January 21, 2018: Natalia Dyer opens up for the first time about her relationship with Charlie Heaton
He’s fine, I suppose. He doesn’t ruin our scenes too badly!” she joked to US Weekly. In contrast, he is fantastic. Just like the rest of the cast, he has a lot of talent. Each and every one of them is fantastic, and they’re all a pleasure to collaborate with.
January 23, 2018: Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton present an award together
In London for the 2018 National Television Awards, the couple posed for photos on the red carpet before taking the stage together to give the Best Drama award.
In spite of breakup rumors, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton were spotted together in public in March of 2018.
However, when seen together at a Dior event in Los Angeles, Dyer and Heaton looked very much still a couple.
March 2018: Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton step out together amid rumors of a split
Camila Mendes, Vanessa Morgan, and Hart Denton, star of the hit show Riverdale, were also in attendance at the after-party held in Palm Springs after each year’s Coachella music festival. Dyer shared an entertaining clip of the gang using a photo booth on his Instagram account.
April 14, 2018: Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton attend Coachella together
Dyer’s boyfriend attended the Velvet Buzzsaw premiere to show his support. On the red carpet for the premiere, the couple wore identical white floral outfits.
January 28, 2019: Natalia Dyer Brings Charlie Heaton as Her Date to Her Movie Premiere
Heaton discussed his and Dyer’s mutual support of each other’s careers in an interview for V Man’s cover story.
The answer is “yes,” since there are indeed instances when stress is unavoidable. Going home with a coworker and declaring, “I think they hate me,” is a really bold move. You can count on a denial from them.
With the right companion, you can overcome your differences and learn to trust one another again. We’ve been through it together because we’re in the same field and our careers have followed similar paths,” he explained.
Heaton continued by saying that the couple’s shared professional experience was a key factor in strengthening their relationship. They have a grasp of a concept that perhaps no one else does. “You go into high-pressure situations together, and you can share those vulnerabilities or whatever they are,” he said.
February 27, 2019: Charlie Heaton Talks about working with Natalia Dyer
Dyer told Refinery29 that she is private about her personal life, but that she did share certain details about working “hard days” with her boyfriend on set.
“It’s great fun every time. It’s easier to have fun and be ourselves when we’re with each other since we know each other so well,” she explained. Who knows if you’ll ever work with this person again,” she said. Who can say? You may never get another chance to perform at this level again.
January 13, 2020: Natalia Dyer celebrates her 25th birthday with Charlie Heaton
Heaton shared a photo of himself and Dyer hugging for Dyer’s 25th birthday. He only added one birthday cake emoji to the end of the understated tribute.
On the red carpet of the New York Film Festival on January 19, 2020, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton were quite affectionate with one another.
Pictures taken on the red carpet at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards showed the couple holding hands, an unusual gesture of public affection for them.
July 12, 2019: Natalia Dyer Shares Her First Impression of Charlie Heaton
Heaton told GQ that he and Dyer avoided publicity for their budding affair because they were afraid to jeopardize the success of their show by making public knowledge of their relationship.
The caginess may have been unnecessary in the end, he said, but only in hindsight.
December 9, 2021: Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton step out for a Dior date night
At the end of 2021, after keeping a quiet profile, the couple was sighted at a Dior after-party in London. Images of Dyer and Heaton exiting the star-studded event together were obtained by the Daily Mail.
May 18, 2022: Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton attend the Madrid premiere of Stranger Things season 4 together
Together, they walked the red carpet for the Madrid premiere of Stranger Things Season 4. Pictures of Dyer and Heaton show them smiling and looking lovingly into each other’s eyes.
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