She can't confirm whether "Stranger Things" will have a second season but is "definitely hoping so." In the meantime, she's auditioning for new roles and would love to one day play another unlikely heroine...
A huge comics (and cosplay) fan, Purser dreams of joining the Marvel universe one day, and she already has her ideal role already picked out — Squirrel Girl.
"I think Squirrel Girl is just adorable but at the same time is totally boss and completely awesome. I think people need a character like that," Purser said. "It's easy in the superhero realm to feel like a lot of the female superheroes we see are grown women who are super responsible and know what their purpose is and that kind of thing. Squirrel Girl is a little bit younger and like a real person, trying to figure out her life and then also having to save the world. I love that."
Another character she describes as a "dream role" is Eleanor from Rainbow Rowell's 2013 novel, "Eleanor & Park."
"I have rarely been as sure about anything as I am that I was meant to play Eleanor," she said. Rowell, it seems, agrees, recently tweeting, "I feel overly protective of Barb on Stranger Things because when I first saw her, I shouted, 'Eleanor!'"
Back in 2014, DreamWorks bought the movie rights to this beloved young adult novel, but it's yet to be officially cast. Rowell, though, has said she doesn't want established Hollywood actors in the film adaptation and would prefer unknown actors — meaning it seems entirely feasible Purser could become our cinematic "Big Red."
The recent high school grad also just registered for online college classes so as not to neglect academia (BECAUSE BARB), but says acting is the passion she'll continue to pursue.
"(The show) has really just been an absolutely amazing experience
and I’ve loved it so much," she said. "Acting was always something I knew I wanted to do,
and now that I’ve done it and experienced it, it’s really a confirmation this
is definitely what I want to do for as long as possible. I’m definitely still
pursuing it and I’m looking forward to new opportunities."