David Harbour: Season 1 of ‘Stranger Things’ was ‘the most miserable time in my life’

David Harbour may portray the emotionally hardened and nigh-invulnerable Sheriff Hopper on “Stranger Things,” but in a recent segment on Variety’s Actors on Actors,” presented by Shutterstock, Harbour opened up about the pain he went through during shooting with “Twin Peaks” star Kyle MacLachlan.

“The first season was the most miserable time in my life,” Harbour said. “It was sort of the greatest time in my life, too, but I just wanted to work on it so hard.”

He told MacLachlan that, for much of the first season, he pushed himself too hard, knowing he had a “shot at the pro ball,” so much so that he was depressed whenever he wasn’t working on the show.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: (L-R) Actors Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder and David Harbour pose during the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_007 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: (Back row L-R) Actors Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Sadie Sink, (front row L-R) David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown from Netflix's 'Stranger Things' pose for a portrait during Comic-Con 2017 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Robby Klein/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: David Harbour attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors�Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: David Harbour poses at the The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actors Natalia Dyer, Noah Schnapp, Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine, Shannon Purser, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, and Gaten Matarazzo of 'Stranger Things' accept Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series onstage during The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_014 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images )
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor David Harbour attends The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards )
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor David Harbour attends The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards )
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor David Harbour attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actors David Harbour and Millie Brown attend the after party for the premiere of Netflix's 'Stranger Things' at Mack Sennett Studios on July 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actor David Harbour attends the Premiere of Netflix's 'Stranger Things' at Mack Sennett Studios on July 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - OCTOBER 29: David Harbour speaks onstage during the 19th Annual Savannah Film Festival presented by SCAD - Day 8 on October 29, 2016 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)
SAVANNAH, GA - OCTOBER 29: David Harbour attends the 19th Annual Savannah Film Festival presented by SCAD - Day 8 on October 29, 2016 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor David Harbour attends the BBC America BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party 2016 at The London Hotel on September 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
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“We went down to Atlanta to shoot it, and I had very little interaction with anyone,” Harbour said. “I just would sit in my house, and be very depressed. I would rarely go out. I started to learn the ukulele a little bit, so I’d play weird songs on the ukulele and just sit.”

Stranger Things” is currently available for streaming on Netflix, and has been renewed for a third season.

The Emmy Award-winning “Actors on Actors” series will air in two episodes on PBS SoCal KOCE, the first on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. and the second on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Both episodes will stream on pbssocal.org following their premieres.

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