Carol Perkins is a recurring character in the first season and a minor character in the second season. She is a student at Hawkins High School. She is Tommy Hagan‘s girlfriend and Steve Harrington and Nancy Wheeler‘s former friend.
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Carol was a student at Hawkins High. She dated Tommy Hagan, and was a friend of Steve Harrington and Nicole. According to classmate Barbara Holland, Carol and Tommy had been “having sex since, like, seventh grade”.
On November 8, 1983, Carol and Tommy went to a pool party at Steve’s house, being with Steve himself, his new girlfriend Nancy Wheeler, and Barbara Holland, Nancy’s best friend.
The same group of teens – minus Barb, who had mysteriously vanished – hung out together at school in the days after the party. Nancy, however, became concerned about Barb‘s disappearance, and gradually became less active in the group.
Jonathan & Steve
When Jonathan Byers was revealed to have been at the scene of the party, hiding in the foliage and taking photographs, Carol assisted Tommy and Steve in breaking his camera and tearing up his photographs.
Steve decided to check up on Nancy, as he was worried about her – Tommy and Carol teased him for caring. They drove to the Wheeler house, where Steve got out and climbed up the roof, aiming to enter Nancy’s bedroom via the window. Steve saw Nancy and Jonathan together, and mistakenly came to the conclusion that they were sleeping together.
The next day, Steve, Tommy, Carol and Nicole graffiti-ed abusive, obscene slurs against the walls of the Hawk Theater about Nancy. This led to a fist-fight, with Jonathan beating up Steve. The police came to the scene to arrest them all, but Steve, Tommy, Carol and Nicole escaped.
While outside a petrol station, Steve decided to turn his back on Tommy and Carol, deeming them to be “assholes”. Despite Carol pleading Tommy to stop, Tommy threatened to fight Steve, but Steve got in his car and drove off to apologize to Nancy and Jonathan.
Carol was seen admiring Billy with Tina and Vicki when he first arrived at the high school, she also said “Will you look at that butt!”. At Tina’s Halloween Party, she dressed up as Alex Owens from Flashdance.
Carol is a stereotypical popular girl, who shares attributes with her boyfriend, Tommy, in that she is arrogant, mean-spirited and shallow. She consistently mocked Steve for going out with Nancy. She is clearly an underachiever in school, as she recalled verbally insulting teachers in class, meaning she is not an intelligent nor insightful young woman.
Despite all this, Carol seems to be afraid of certain types of conflict, pleading Tommy to stop when he threatens to fight Steve. She also acts more as a witness to bullying, usually snickering or making cruel comments at the end of fights.
Who plays Carol Perkins Character?
Chelsea Talmadge is an American actress who portrayed Carol in the Netflix original series Stranger Things.