13 Fun Facts You Need to Know About
Stranger Things Star Dacre Montgomery
November 29, 2017
To say that we love
Stranger Things would be a huge understatement. Ever since the show first aired on Netflix last year, we have been hooked. Not only is the show perfect in every way, but the cast is pretty incredible, too. Millie Bobby Brown has quickly become one of our all-time faves and we will never get over how much from Joe Keery looks exactly like Ben Schwartz Parks & Recreation.
Waiting over a year for
Stranger Things, Season 2 was extremely difficult, but so worth it. We got to see Hawkins be terrorized (again) and a whole new batch of characters were introduced, including a new human villain who we love to hate: Billy Hargrove. brought Billy to life on Season 2 and, while we hate Billy with a burning passion, we can’t help but love the guy who portrayed him so perfectly. We wanted to know more about Dacre, so we did some digging and rounded up some of the most important need-to-know facts about your new fave actor: Dacre Montgomery
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Don't let his TV/movie accent deceive you, he's just
really good at his job. Dacre is actually from Down Under and has a dreamy accent to match. He was born in Perth, Western Australia and his whole family still lives there!
Photo: Brian To/WENN.com
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He went to the same acting school as Hugh Jackman.
Dacre grew up in the business because his father is a sound engineer and his mother was an assistant director, but when he was 11, he decided he wanted to be in front of the camera.
In an interview with
British GQ, Dacre said that he sat his parents down and told them his 10-year plan that included finishing high school, taking a gap year and attending Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. WAAPA is the same school that Hugh Jackman attended, so it has a pretty good track record.
Photo: Twitter (@dacremontgomery)
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He played the Red Ranger in
If you feel like you recognize Dacre's face from something other than
Stranger Things, we promise you're not going crazy. Dacre's first big break came when he played Jason, (a.k.a. the Red Ranger) in this year's live-action Power Rangers movie. He's had a very busy year!
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He wore a G-string for his
Stranger Things audition tape.
Yes, you read that correctly. When Dacre's
Stranger Things audition was first released, fans couldn't get enough of how perfect he was for the role. In the final moments of the video, we see a shirtless Dacre dance around, but what we didn't know was that he wasn't wearing anything but a G-string!
During an interview on
The Talk, Dacre revealed his outfit choice for his audition tape, saying that he had a spare G-string laying around (WTF?) and thought either he "would never work in this industry again" or someone would give him a chance. We're so glad it was the latter.
Photo: YouTube (Dacre Montgomery)
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He was inspired by Jack Nicholson in
Playing the human enemy on
Stranger Things is no easy task, so the Duffer Brothers gave Dacre some homework: Watch Stephen King's The Shining for inspiration.
In an interview, Dacre said, "Billy has this sinister, unpredictable quality I think that Jack possesses in all of his roles, but more so in
The Shining." And we can definitely see the similarities.
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He was bullied in high school
Dacre had to completely transform himself from a likeable and fun guy IRL to being one of our favorite characters to hate. To do that, he found some inspiration from his past.
In an interview, Dacre said, "When I was in high school, I was bullied a lot, and it was interesting taking the other side of the lens in this role. You realize that on the other side, the bullies were probably just as confused as I was in high school. It's somebody's life, it's somebody's background, there's always stuff going on at home."
It's incredible that he took a negative experience and let it shape his point of view for the better.
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His favorite superhero? His mom!
Dacre may play one of the most iconic superheroes, but his personal hero will make your heart melt. In an interview with
THR, Dacre revealed that when he was looking for Red Ranger inspiration, he didn't have to look far, saying, "I thought, 'Who do I look up to in my life?' And for me, it was people like my mom." D'aw.
Photo: Twitter (@dacremontgomery)
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He's rumored to play Nightwing.
We are freaking out over this possibility! We know that Dacre is a pro at playing a superhero, thanks to
Power Rangers, but one tweet has fans thinking he may be taking a jump to DC Comics.
When we first learned that the
LEGO Batman Movie director was setting up to create a Batman spin-off featuring Nightwing, we totally freaked out. We freaked out even more when Dacre tweeted a picture of Nightwing along with an ellipsis ("..."). Fans took this as a casting announcement, but as soon as it gained traction, Dacre deleted the tweet. The director of the movie has since stated that casting hasn't even begun, but we're hoping that this is just a cover up and we'll see Dacre as Nightwing.
Photo: DC Comics
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He is totally RIPPED.
Dacre took his job as Red Ranger very seriously and we couldn't be more grateful. In an interview with
The Hollywood Reporter, Dacre discussed his workout schedule and honestly just reading it makes us tired. He said he "trained for about two and a half months, six days a week, three hours a day."
That's a hard pass for us, but that's what it takes to be a superhero! With this dedication and workout regimen, we think this is yet
another reason to make him Nightwing.
Photo: Instagram (@dacremontgomery)
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He wants to be an interior designer.
This isn't something you hear often! Although he is a super successful actor, Dacre still has other career dreams. While talking to
ABC News, Dacre said, "I am very interested in interior design — I've just finished an internship — and I am hoping to get into opening up a couple of restaurants." He has turned these dreams into a reality because just launched his Dacre Home Twitter account with this logo. There haven't been any updates, but we can't wait to see what it's all about!
Photo: Twitter (@dacrehome_)
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He loves to learn.
If it wasn't obvious by the fact that he still wants to try so many different careers in his life, Dacre loves to learn. After talking about how fascinated he is by interior design, Dacre told
NBC News, "I have just started learning about writing... Every week I try to find something to teach myself. I just can never switch off."
Photo: Twitter (@dacremontgomery)
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He starred in a music video.
Like we said before, Dacre has had an extremely busy year and we are so here for it. Not only did he star in
Power Rangers and make his Stranger Things debut, but he also starred in a music video for Angus & Julia Stone's song, "Chataeu." Ross Lynch's ex, Courtney Eaton, also starred in the video and we have heart eyes for both of them.
Photo: American Recordings
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He's an Ambassador for the Thirst Project.
Not only is Dacre super talented, smart, loving and good-looking, but he's also a philanthropist! This year, Dacre dedicated his time to the Thirst Project, a non-profit organization whose aim is to bring safe drinking water to communities around the world where it is not immediately available. Dacre has posted multiple videos encouraging his followers to get involved and donate, specifically citing that water is a human right. We love how he uses his platform for good!
Photo: The Thirst Project