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"Stella is always deep in her notes. She didn't come to Blackwell to mess around."Max observing Stella in "Chrysalis"

Stella Hill is a student at Blackwell Academy. She lives in the Prescott Dormitory, and seems friendly towards Max despite being focused on school work. She attends the same photography class as Max, taught by Mr. Jefferson.


Stella is very studious, serious, and dedicated. She seems to be outgoing and interacts with other students despite having a focused approach to her education. It's implied that she grew up in poverty with an abusive family.[1]

She has a pronounced admiration for Mark Jefferson and his New York urban photography, and much like his other students, is glad that he came back to Arcadia Bay to teach at Blackwell.

Frank's logbook shows that she purchased ADHD medication from him at least once. It's not clear whether she actually has the disorder or is simply using it recreationally. ADHD medication is known to be used by college students as stimulants to help study and improve concentration. Stella, a girl under pressure to escape an impoverished life, might resort to this.

Episode One - "Chrysalis"

Stella is first seen in Mr. Jefferson’s class, sharing a table with Hayden Jones. She twirls her pencil while listening to Mr. Jefferson’s lecture, eventually dropping it. Max Caulfield doesn't comment on this, but does seem to notice it happen both times she lives through the moment. As the class ends, Mr. Jefferson chides her slightly for not handing in her entry for the Everyday Heroes Contest. After the class, Max passes Stella in the hallway, while she is sitting on the floor, looking at a drawing, which Max refers to as her notes. When Max is going to save Chloe Price, she doesn't think Stella can help.

After Max pulls the fire alarm, Stella is on the main campus talking to another student, beside one of Mr. Jefferson’s photos. She talks to Max about how she admires Mr. Jefferson, and how she’s glad he’s returned to Oregon from New York. She also mentions that if she had the chance, she would make a move on Mr. Jefferson similar to Victoria's efforts. She also heard from a “good source” that Rachel Amber had sex with him.[2]

When Max asks Stella about Rachel, she tells Max that Rachel hung out with people like Victoria Chase, and she didn't really know her that well. She then wants to be left to study the photo.

Episode Two - "Out of Time"

On Tuesday morning, if Max knocks on Stella’s door, she yells at Max to "go away", because there are people sleeping, which causes Max to comment that she's not a morning person. After Max visits Dana Ward in her room, Stella will yell at Dana through the wall to turn her music down.

Later when Max is in Kate Marsh's room, she sees a picture of Kate, Stella and Alyssa Anderson hanging out together, which surprises Max. She comments that she didn't know that the three had ever hung out together; however this would make sense considering the three girls are outside the popularity of the Vortex Club crowd.

When the entire school is standing outside the girls dormitory at Kate’s suicide attempt, Stella is standing next to Courtney Wagner, looking very scared.

Episode Four - "Dark Room"

When Max and Chloe decode Frank Bowers's log book, Stella's name appears several times. It is obvious that she is medicating with recreational drugs in order to help with her focus during studying. It could also be a way of coping with her family issues.

Stella is working at the entrance of the End of the World Party. Max is surprised to see her there, but asks about Nathan Prescott. Stella says that he creeps her out and that he isn't at the party yet.

She reckons that Principal Wells should have cancelled the party after the incidents earlier in the week, but is glad to have the job. She remarks that Jefferson got her the job, aware of her lack of funds, and that she is treating the party like homework for the night. It is possible her lack of funds is due to her use of recreational drugs.

She promises Max that she will text her if she sees anything regarding Nathan at the party.

Episode Five - "Polarized"

Near the end of the episode, she can be seen sitting in the back booth of the Two Whales Diner with Kate and Daniel DaCosta in Max's nightmare. One of the things she says to Max is, "I survived poverty and an abusive family just so I can end up here to die."

If Max chooses to sacrifice Arcadia Bay, Stella is presumed to be among the town's casualties.

Alternative Timeline

In the alternative timeline, she is dating Warren Graham. We have no knowledge of how they ended up together, although it makes some sense considering their shared interest in academics.



Love Interests

  • Warren Graham - She appears to be very fond of Warren, when she tells Max that she doesn't like Nathan for hitting Warren. She and Warren are dating in the alternative timeline.


  • Nathan Prescott - Stella states in episode four that Nathan creeps her out with his glazed and raging look, and that she doesn't like him since he is a bully and hit Warren.


  • Her room in the girls' dormitory is room 217.
  • The room was previously inhabited by a girl called Kelly, visible on the dorm map that appears when Max inhabits the clothing of Rachel Amber in Max's nightmare. The name Kelly can also be seen on a binder in the Dark Room. It has been confirmed by DONTNOD that these two are the same Kelly.
  • "Stella" is a Latin and Italian word meaning "Star".
  • Her room slate initially says “REDRUM” with the ‘D’ and second ‘R’ reversed. This word, along with the room number is a reference to Stephen King's famous horror novel "The Shining". Max Caulfield will make a foreboding comment about this when she looks at it.
  • She is on Frank's list of customers, and his codename for her is Dachshund.
    • On September 30th she spent $340.00 on 1 oz of mid-shelf weed.
    • On October 1st she spent $90.00 on 24mg of hydromorphone.
    • On October 3rd she spent $30.00 on five ADHD pills.
    • On October 5th she spent $75.00 on 1 benzodiazepine pill and 1g of speed.
    • On October 7th she spent $260.00 on 1 oz of "weird" weed.
  • In the alternative timeline in 2013, Stella has hooked up with Warren. Stella can be seen wearing a light blue top with the words and emoji 'Cool Story :/'. This mirrors the phrase on the patch that Max has on her bag strap in the original timeline.



  1. Stella: "I survived poverty and an abusive family... just so I can end up here to die..." (Episode 5 - Max's nightmare.)
  2. Whether this is actually true or not is speculation, but in future episodes there is strong evidence to support a relationship between Jefferson and Rachel, which could make Stella's rumor true.