“That’s the power of Eddie Munson.”
In May, British actor Joseph Quinn became an overnight sensation when he made his debut as Eddie Munson in the fourth season of the Netflix hit. stranger things.
His whirlwind few months came to a head on Monday when he finally made his talk show debut at Jimmy Fallon The show tonight.
Joseph watched at home on the couch as he chatted with the host about his sudden rise to fame and confessed he was even more excited to be there after being nearly denied entry to the US by border control.
In fact, it wasn’t until an officer recognized Joseph as Eddie that he was able to leave the airport – and not before receiving a stern warning about the character’s future.
“It’s so nice to be here because I almost didn’t make it,” Joseph told Jimmy. “I got held up at immigration yesterday. Have you ever been to ‘high school’? Anyone?”
A secondary inspection occurs when U.S. Customs and Border Protection cannot verify a traveler’s information or the traveler does not have all of the required documentation.
In this case, people attempting to enter the United States are directed to a separate interview area, where inspectors conduct additional searches to verify their identity and determine why they want to enter the country.
“I was taken to… It was more of a dungeon,” Joseph continued. “And I was asked to wait there for about 20 minutes, and then I was called to this office where someone asked me, ‘What are you doing in the United States, sir? “”
“I said, ‘Well, I’m actually here to meet Jimmy Fallon on The show tonight.“They didn’t believe me,” added Joseph. “Then one of his colleagues looked at me, looked at him and said, ‘Leave Eddie alone! “”
Joseph then remembered the first officer saying, “Who are you? I don’t know,” to which the other officer replied, “Eddie from stranger thingsThe first officer then said, “You’re Eddie Munson?”, to which Joseph replied, “Sort of.”
“He was like, ‘Are you coming back next season?'” Joseph then laughed. “And I said, ‘I don’t know’ and he was like, ‘You better,’ gave me the passport, and that’s it,” Joe concluded.
The anecdote was met with massive applause from the live studio audience, with Jimmy summarizing, “That’s the power of Eddie Munson!”
Elsewhere in the interview, Joseph explained how nervous he was about joining stranger thingsnot least because of his fear of stepping on co-star Joe Keery’s toes.
Joe plays fan favorite Steve Harrington, who has established an almost fatherly role towards young characters since season 1.
Joseph’s character, Eddie, also took some of the boys under his wing in Season 4 and has a particularly close bond with Dustin, played by Gaten Matarazzo.
“I had the best time with [Joe and Gaten]“Joseph told Jimmy. “I was quite nervous about that dynamic because the characters of Gaten and Joe, their dynamic is something that people really, really like and I was very conscious of going in there and being the Joe side of Gaten.”
“Its Joe on the side,” the actor laughed. “[I was] don’t really want to step on anyone’s toes. But in fact, it became one of the things I enjoyed the most [the show] because me and Joe would constantly compare Gaten’s little anecdotes.
Gaten and Joseph have become incredibly close, and Jimmy recalled that when Gaten appeared on his show earlier this year, he said Jimmy would “love” Joseph.
In addition to his catchy performance as Eddie, Joseph made a name for himself off-screen for his emotional reaction at London Film and Comic Con earlier this month.
In a video that quickly went viral, the actor was seen breaking down in tears during a Q&A after fan Kimberley Burrows spoke warmly about Eddie and thanked Joseph for spending time with friends. guests this weekend.
Kimberley also addressed the growing reports that Joseph was being “screamed at” and abused by Comic Con staff throughout the convention.
“I’m sure many of us heard what happened yesterday – whether it was true or not – about how you were treated,” she told Joseph. “I just wanted to say thank you from all of us, we are so grateful that you are sharing your time.”
“I think we’ve all really connected with Eddie, for one reason or another – whether we like his taste in music or he’s an outsider like you mentioned. I think we’re all part of Eddie,” Kimberley continued.
Joseph was visibly surprised by her kind words and began to cry, wiping his eyes with his hands as he joked, “Aww, why did you do that?”
Fans were then concerned when Joseph abruptly canceled his scheduled appearance at German Comic Con a few days later, citing a problem with his passport.
But the star spoke fondly of his time at the LFCC on The show tonighttelling Jimmy: “I went to Comic Con recently and it was so moving to see how much people identified with [Eddie].”
“And I think it’s probably the fact that he’s a foreigner,” Joseph continued. “A little, in a way, on the margins of society. It’s so moving to see how much he means to people.