‘Stranger Things’ Star Dacre Montgomery’s Emotional Story About His Difficult Childhood Leaves Fans Inspired

Dacre Montgomery may have found success with a juicy character on Netflix’s hit Stranger Things, but life hasn’t always been that easy for the actor. Montgomery took to Instagram to share the challenging childhood he endured and how he overcame obstacles to rise above it all and pursue his passion.

Dacre Montgomery at 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards - Red Carpet
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Montgomery’s role on Stranger Things

Montgomery came on the scene in season 2 of Stranger Things, playing bad boy Billy Hargrove. He was back in season 3 for more Billy and his story took quite a turn, allowing Montgomery to really flex his acting muscles.

Billy took the audience along for a wild ride this season and —without giving away all the spoilers — it was definitely a rollercoaster of emotions.

Montgomery just shared an emotional Instagram post that revealed he might not have even been an actor if he had let the roadblocks prevent him from reaching his goal.

Montgomery opened up on Instagram

The actor shared a throwback photo of himself looking a lot different than Stranger Things fans are used to seeing.

Along with the photo, he included a caption that described how things were not so easy for him as a kid, beginning: “When I was a kid, I was lost. I had a really tough time in school. I was a big kid who loved drama.”

He added: “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.”

Montgomery continued, sharing how he reached his goal, but not without many challenges: “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 [sic} 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.”

The actor concluded: “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!”

His inspirational tale doesn’t end there

Just two days prior to his post about overcoming his difficult childhood, Montgomery shared an audition video for a part he was passed over for.

He wrote: “Here’s a self tape — for something I didn’t get. Do not be afraid to take risks in your work. I spent 10 years pursuing a career before I booked anything. You need to have an unwavering belief in your abilities and yourself. Light that fire in your belly and visualize your goals.”

He added: “But most of all DO NOT BE AFRAID TO FAIL. Go out there and get it!”

Last week he posted a photo of himself from a Stranger Things scene and expressed his gratitude for the role, noting: “Truly grateful to have had the opportunity to play this role and to have been a part of such an amazing show.”

One of his co-stars, Millie Bobby Brown, recently posted a tribute to Montgomery, sharing a photo of the two laying side by side in the infamous Starcourt Mall in Stranger Things. She wrote: “One of my favourite people I’ve gotten to work with. Always so considerate and kind to me while filming some of the toughest scenes I’ve ever filmed. Mate, you gonna go snatch those awards okurrrr.”