How ‘Stranger Things’ Breakout Dacre Montgomery Landed the Role of a Lifetime
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How ‘Stranger Things’ Breakout Dacre Montgomery Landed the Role of a Lifetime

Photo Source: Caitlin Watkins Dacre Montgomery first made an impression with Netflix’s second season of “Stranger Things,” but he maximized his staying power with a later-released, off-the-wall audition tape and a highly anticipated return as Billy Hargrove. Montgomery was challenged in all-new ways while filming Season 3, not the least of which was keeping his performance grounded in reality while playing out a sci-fi possession arc. He recently sat with Backstage to talk about how he prepared for the role, his best advice for self-taped auditions, and his steps for Australian actors to successfully leave their mark on Hollywood. He used real-world research to tackle the show’s science fiction. “The arc this season changed things in a big way. It put me at this precipice of having two characters playing out all the time: the possessed Billy and the Billy under that. So I played a lot with researching people with bipolar disorder and split personality disorder, and how one personality controls the spot and how the other fights for that. So I tried to show the latter—the personality fighting for control of the spot—in my eyes, and then the [former] in the physicality. I played it in a […]

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