Joseph Quinn has enjoyed a meteoric rise in fame since his role as Eddie Munson on Stranger Things. However, when he came face-to-face with his fans at a meet-and-greet in London, he was blown away when he saw firsthand how much they all loved him.
Quinn appeared at the London Film and Comic Con on Saturday with the intention of shaking hands with his fans and chatting with them for a while. However, due to an overwhelming turnout, security reportedly yelled at the 29-year-old for spending too much time with each fan and ordered him to shut up and move on so they could get through the line faster.
“Joseph Quinn was so nice to everyone, even though the show hosts overbooked his photo sessions and the overall organization was poor,” said one person wrote on Twitter. “I just hope he doesn’t go home feeling bad after this day. He tried to engage the fans, but security stopped him very hard at times.”
During a question and answer session the next day, a fan named Kimberley Burrows attended touched to thank the British actor for how he handled the incident.
“Hi, my question isn’t really a question, it’s more of a gratitude type, really,” Burrows said. “I’m sure many of us heard what happened to you yesterday, whether it’s true or not, about how you were treated. I’m not really going to comment but just wanted to say thank you from all of us, we really appreciate you sharing your time.
“Thank you for signing our stuff, spending time with us and making our summer,” she continued after the crowd applauded. “I think we all really bonded with Eddie for one reason or another.”
Quinn was visibly in tears throughout Burrows’ speech, while the crowd sniffed at his visible emotion.
“Oh, why did you do that?” he finally said, wiping tears from his eyes.
Speaking to NBC News on Tuesday, Burrows shared more about her experience and added context as to why she was so moved.
Burrows, who is blind, had turned up for the meet and greet with her guide dog, Tami, and said it was “scary” to be in such a crowded area not knowing how he would react to the dog. Though they didn’t have much time to talk, the 33-year-old said Quinn was “extremely kind and thoughtful,” even snapping a picture with her and the dog.
“He was really interested in finding out more about me and doing that pose that I wanted the three of us to do together — where we did the Eddie horns over Tami’s head,” Burrows said. “He pulled me into a huge hug at the end and thanked me for being there and traveling for him.
“Being blind is still very hard for me four years later, but he made me feel so welcome and so valued, and I wanted to expand on the feeling he made me,” she said.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-07-13/joseph-quinn-kimberley-burrows-stranger-things-tears-security A ‘Stranger Things’ fan moved actor Joseph Quinn to tears