Sadie Sink Is Excited for the Future of Women in Film

“The best advice I’ve gotten about being a woman in the film industry—which kind of applies to women in every industry—is just to allow yourself to feel your own power in every room that you enter,” says Sadie Sink, the 21-year-old actor from Stranger Things and The Whale. “And spending the better part of my career as a minor stepping into adulthood, coming into my own voice has been tricky.”

Harper’s Bazaar caught up with Sink as she got ready for this year’s Academy Women’s Luncheon, presented by Chanel. Women from across the filmmaking industry gathered in Los Angeles on November 9 on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ open-air rooftop to celebrate the Gold Fellowship for Women.

The opportunity to be in one room together—especially on the heels of the 118-day-long SAG-AFTRA actors strike—serves as a reminder to Sink of how fortunate she’s been to come up in Hollywood during this specific moment. “I feel hopeful for the future of women in Hollywood when I look at how much has changed within the last 10, 20, 30 years,” she says. “It’s just an entirely different landscape. It isn’t perfect, but the opportunities there are for women actors, writers, directors, producers and all other roles in the industry today are so different. We’ve really come so far. The momentum to continue these conversations and this change—it’s really hopeful and inspiring. We aren’t going anywhere.”

“We paired the outfit with the Crazy CC logo sandals—yes, that’s actually what they are called!” Sink says. “Which fit perfectly with the hem of the jeans.”

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The house ambassador, styled by Molly Dickson, landed on a purple and silver glitter tweed top and blue-and-pink washed denim jeans from Chanel’s 2024 collection. She was accessorized with “Coco Crush” rings, as well as a signature quilt bag and cheeky platform shoes.

“Back when I was younger and just starting out, I felt kind of intimidated by the fashion world. But my personal taste really has evolved as I’ve gotten older, and so have my relationships with brands like Chanel,” says Sink. “They’ve been there for me since the very beginning. It’s really special to be here with them today.”

a pair of sunglasses and a box of jewelry

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“The final result was this very ‘’70s Y2K’ look,” she says. “I love the mix of a more formal top, styled casually and with this light-wash denim. It feels effortless, like that one friend who just walks out the door looking put together and very cool, if that friend was Sadie Sink.”

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Later that day, she would find herself on the red carpet with Lupita Nyong’o, Kristen Stewart, America Ferrera, Lily-Rose Depp, Riley Keough, Greta Lee, and other stars—conversations buzzing about the industry’s next chapter, post-strike.

“I’m lucky enough to have worked alongside some of the most amazing female performers during my career so far. And just to cross paths with the most talented actresses and filmmakers in the industry, like I am today, is such an honor,” Sink says. “I wouldn’t be who I am as an actor, or as a person, without the female mentorship in my life.”