It's almost time for the return of Stranger Things, which, like so many shows before it, will introduce a handful of new characters in its second season.
One such character is an older kid named Billy, played by 22-year-old Dacre Montgomery. In case you missed Dacre in his other big 2017 role — Jason in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers — now is the perfect time to get acquainted with him.
Here, everything you need to know about Dacre ahead of his Stranger Things debut.
1. He played Jason Scott, aka the Red Ranger, in the 2017 reboot of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Prior to starring in the movie, he'd never actually seen any of the Power Rangers TV shows. "My mum didn't really let me watch TV until I was about 5 years old," he told Teen Vogue. "By that time, it was 1999 and I kind of missed it."
2. He says his mum one of his superheroes.
Because he'd never seen Power Rangers, Dacre said he had to get a little more creative when thinking about his inspirations for the role of Jason.
"I had to find something to latch on to, which very easily became, 'What does it mean to be a superhero? What does it mean to people in society to have a superhero that kids look up to?'" he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "I thought, who do I look up to in my life? And for me it was people like my mom."
Isn't that the cutest thing you've ever heard?
3. You'll soon see him as Billy in season two of Stranger Things.
"[Billy] is a mean guy," director Shawn Levy told TV Guide. "He has prejudices that are ugly. He treats his younger sister in a mean, controlling, bully-ish, domineering fashion." Billy is a new student at Hawkins High School, having transferred from California. His stepsister Max, another new character, will be played by Sadie Sink.
4. He wore a G-string and not much else for his Stranger Things audition tape.
"I spent a day working on it and got two of my friends who were still at the acting university I went to help me that night put down a tape," he told THR. "I had an opening score, opening titles, and credits. And I got in, like, a G-string and danced naked to '80s music with this leather jacket and crazy glasses."
The Duffer Brothers were into it and offered Dacre the role after meeting him via Skype.
5. He's Australian.
He was born in Perth in 1994 and began working as an actor at age nine.
6. He is extremely fit.
Here he is talking about his Power Rangers fitness routine: "I trained for about two and a half months, six days a week, three hours a day.
I'd get up in the morning, work with a couple of phenomenal trainers, doing a lot of MMA, kickboxing, CrossFit, boxing, a whole variety of stuff, just learning about my physique and flexibility. And in the middle of the day, I'd work in the gym, doing a lot of muscle work. And then in the evenings I'd do yoga and learn about my diet."
7. Like, really, truly.
8. He recently starred in a music video for the Angus & Julia Stone song "Chateau."
He wears a cool denim jacket and drives a cool vintage car.
Via: Cosmopolitan US