• Dacre Montgomery (Billy) speaks with Men's Health Australia about his role as a stranger .
• The actor says he was overweight and bullied in high school.
• After graduation, he lost 30 pounds, was full of muscle and was in arousal.
Fans of Netflix Stranger Things found Billy Hargrove either good or devilish. Dacre Montgomery, the 24-year-old Australian actor playing the hyperbolic superjock / super villains of the 80s, rejects both characterizations. In an interview with Men's Health Australia, Montgomery attributed closer affiliation to these Billy tyrant children than the Billy himself.
"I had a really hard time in high school," Montgomery said , Unlike his lifesaving Netflix character, Montgomery was 30 pounds heavier in high school (closer to 200) and felt excluded from any of his school communities. He did not do any sports and said he was "not good looking", so the jocks ignored him. Although he was in the theater, Montgomery was not "theater enough". And so the drama children ignored him.
What Montgomery channels to play Billy is not the high school version of himself (either real or desirable); he channels the antagonistic qualities he has seen in others. "I feel that there are many people in my life who have the kind of qualities that I represent on the show," he said. So becoming Billy meant changing your own personal story.