FEAR STREET STARDOM BECKONS
By Kirsten Howard
Netflix’s ambitious Fear Street horror film trilogy will have you wondering if Fred Hechinger is the next big thing.
As the Fear Street trilogy finally comes to Netflix this summer, a host of talented young actors find themselves at the center of a huge story decades in the making.
Among them is Fred Hechinger, whose career has only just begun.
The 25-year-old was raised in New York, and is the grandson of The New York Times education editor Fred M. Hechinger.
He got his first real break in comedian Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade back in 2018.
Hechinger later went on to star in the musical drama Vox Lux and Tom Hanks actioner News of the World.
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He also popped up in the Netflix thriller The Woman in the Window.
But it’s his role - or roles - in the streaming giant’s Fear Street trilogy that will probably get him on Hollywood’s radar.
In Fear Street Part 1: 1994, Hechinger plays Simon, a goofy kid who gets into mischief in order to save up some cash.
He’s also very resourceful, having made ‘employee of the month’ countless times at the grocery store he works in.
Simon has plenty of good ideas and quickly becomes an essential part of the 90s Fear Street gang.
Hechinger will also play a key role in the other two parts of the trilogy.
You’ll also be able to see him in the HBO miniseries The White Lotus, and he’s currently filming another big TV project.
He’ll star opposite Marvel’s Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan and Downton Abbey’s Lily James in Pam & Tommy.
The show is based on the whirlwind relationship between Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson.
Hechinger will play notorious pornographer Seth Warshavsky, who helped distribute the couple’s stolen homemade video.