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Shannon Purser's Role on NBC's 'Rise' Was Written Just for Her!

Shannon Purser is best known for her role as Barb on Stranger Things and now TV audiences will get to watch her on NBC’s new musical series Rise.

The 20-year-old Emmy-nominated actress plays the role of drama club member Annabelle in the new series and her role was actually written specifically for her!

Casting director Tiffany Little Canfield opened up to THR about how Shannon became involved with the project.

Shannon is a funny story because obviously she was Barb on Stranger Things and was fantastic in that role. She was in Los Angeles and we had a general with her, again, where we just basically meet the actor and talk to them. When we were talking to Shannon, she told us about how she loved musicals and she did musicals. She’s from Atlanta and auditioned for [Stranger Things] as a local hire for a day player role and it turned into Barb. When we found out she did musicals, of course we clocked that in our memory because we love to work on musicals,” Tiffany said.

“So when this show came up we brought her in, and what was really exciting there is that Jason was so enamored with her that he created a role. Her role was not initially in the search. It was actually created for Shannon because he felt so much that she fit our ensemble,” she added.

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Auli'i Cravalho Looks Stunning at 'Rise' Premiere in NYC!

Auli’i Cravalho looks beautiful on the red carpet!

The 17-year-old actress and singer was joined by fellow castmates and other celebrities at the premiere of her new show Rise at Landmark Theatre on Wednesday night (March 7) in New York City.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Auli’i Cravalho

Sara Bareilles hit the red carpet to support boyfriend Joe Tippett, who stars in the series.

Abigail Spencer, Josh Radnor, Shannon Purser, Ben Feldman, Casey Johnson, Ted Sutherland, Taylor Richardson, Rachel Hilson, Rosie Perez, Marley Shelton, Joe Tippett, Damon J. Gillespie, Jaime Cepero, Jason Katmis, Sean Grandillo, Rarmian Newton and Ellie Desautels all joined Auli’i on the red carpet.

FYI: Auli’i is wearing a Cynthia Rowley dress and gorjana jewelry. Shannon is wearing a Rachel Roy suit, a Calvin Klein shirt, and Aldo shoes.

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Chrissy Metz & Shannon Purser Will Star in Netflix's 'Sierra Burgess Is a Loser'

Chrissy Metz and Shannon Purser are starring in a movie together!

The 37-year-old This Is Us star and the 20-year-old Stranger Things actress will join forces for the upcoming Netflix film Sierra Burgess Is a Loser.

The Ian Samuels-directed flick also stars RJ Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is “a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Shannon), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Kristine) in order to win her crush,” according to Variety.

We can’t wait!

Natalia Dyer, Shannon Purser & 'Stranger Things' Guys Hit Emmy Awards 2017 Together

Natalia Dyer gets sandwiched in between her co-stars Joe Keery, and Charlie Heaton at the 2017 Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday (September 17) in Los Angeles.

The three Stranger Things stars were joined by Shannon Purser, also known as Barb, on the red carpet.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Shannon Purser

Shannon and Natalia even had a matching moment — even though it wasn’t planned, but they both wore green to the event!

FYI: Natalia wore a Vera Wang Collection gown and Jimmy Choo shoes. Shannon wowed in a Sachin & Babi look, an Emm Kuo clutch, Swarovski jewelry, and L.K. Bennett shoes. Joe is wearing John Varvatos. Charlie is wearing a Gucci tux, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Neil Lane cuff links.

10+ pictures inside of the Stranger Things cast…

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Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer & Charlie Heaton Prep for Their First Emmys!

Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton walk the red carpet at the Emmy Performer Nominees Cocktail Reception held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Friday (September 15) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Stranger Things actors, who are rumored to be dating in real life and were seen leaving the party together, were joined at the event by co-star Shannon Purser.

That same night, the show’s four main boys – Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo – attending Entertainment Weekly’s Pre-Emmys Party.

On Saturday afternoon, Natalia, Shannon, Gaten, and Joe Keery were seen attending the BBC America BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Stranger Things is nominated for 18 awards this year!

FYI: Natalia is wearing a Louis Vuitton dress at the Emmy party. She is wearing a Brock Collection dress at BAFTA. Shannon is wearing a kate spade new york dress, L.K. Bennett shoes and a Zac Zac Posen bag at the Emmy party. She is wearing a Julia Clancey dress, an Ingie Paris clutch, L.K.Bennett shoes, and Maxior jewelry at BAFTA. Noah is wearing a Balmain outfit and Giuseppe Zanotti loafers at the EW party. Finn is wearing an AllSaints suit and The Kooples shirt at the EW party. Gaten is wearing an H&M button-up.

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