First, let me catch you up to speed if you haven’t binge-watched the show yet, which I’m sure you will do in short order, but we don’t have time to wait, frankly.


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Dacre Montgomery plays bad boy heartbreaker, Billy Hargrove, on the show. He’s the one who made Season 2 so rollercoaster-y, and Season 3 even more so.

But, in a recent Instagram post, Montgomery shares a cute high school pic and a personal, touching story showing his teenage self doesn’t quite live up to his Stranger Things character, Hargrove.

The post starts with Montgomery saying, “When I was a kid, I was lost.”

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When I was a kid, I was lost. I had a really tough time in school. I was a big kid who loved drama. I never got passing grades, I wasn’t popular or a gifted sports player. Girls were never interested in me. I suffered from anxiety from a young age. I was distracted and I wasn’t focused. But I had a dream, I was lucky – I knew what I wanted to do. And every night I went home and I focused on THAT. I visualised a future where my dreams became a reality. When I was 15 I failed my high school drama exams. When I was 16 I was told I needed to loose weight. When I was 17 I was told I should go to drama school and train. When I was 18 I was fired from my job. When I was in drama school I was told to leave. When I had a DREAM – I was told it wasn’t achievable. Well, you know what…. I lost weight, I went to drama school and I never stopped wanting it, I never stopped being curious. I never let the failures get me down. Because I believed in myself and I never let anyone tell me otherwise. You can do anything you set your mind to. So, go out there and get it!

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When we look at stars, we tend to forget they had small beginnings and failures like everyone else. Their fame and success comes from learning from the failures and never giving up.

Montgomery also posted his story to Twitter.

His fans responded big…


…and with love.

So, if you dream of rocking a Netflix Original Series, or any series, then go for it and never give up.

Dacre Montgomery is rooting for you.