‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: Dacre Montgomery Says Billy Is Even More Unhinged This Season

Stranger Things Season 3 is being released on Netflix tomorrow, July 4th, and fans can’t wait to dive back into the world of 80s rock, childhood nostalgia, and eerie other-dimensional monsters. Last season, viewers were introduced to a couple of new characters. One of those characters was none other than the terrifying new school bully, Billy Hargrove (played by Dacre Montgomery). 

In a recent interview with E! News, Montgomery spoke about what viewers can expect from Billy in Season 3. 

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Montgomery says fans aren’t going to exactly love Billy this season. If anything, he gets more “uncontrolled” and “unhinged.” But he says there’s a huge payoff in episode eight. 

“I think [fans are] gonna hate him more and more and more until the payoff at the end of the season. Hold out until episode eight because it’s so worth it. I love to see the reaction. Just that uncontrolled, unhinged side that we get to see this season of Billy was a lot of fun,” he said. 

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Montgomery also spoke about shooting the lifeguard scene that’s teased in the season trailer. It shows Billy strutting his stuff poolside while a row of moms gives him flirty looks.   

“It was great. There’s like 200 extras or whatever at that pool and then the moms and it’s one tracking shot, which was really fun because we do it in one fluid movement from when I come out. Shooting it in slo-mo and, you know, it was great. It was lots of fun. The crew was having a good laugh,” he said.  

“In some of the takes, yeah, you’re self-conscious about, like, looking good, but in this scene I didn’t put as much emphasis on that sort of thing,” he added. 

Montgomery said it was a treat to act alongside Millie Bobby Brown (apparently, the two get more screen time together this season).    

“She’s an old soul,” he said. “She’s got a lot of maturity for her age and I admire that definitely. She’s super committed in the scenes. It gets very emotional between us towards the end of the season and I felt like she could really meet you at that level, and for a fourteen-year-old I found that really fascinating.” 

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And, don’t worry, Billy’s mullet isn’t going anywhere. He says his mullet, along with his prosthetics and fake tattoos, really became a part of him this season. 

“All the prosthetics this season, the tattoo, everything that kind of encompasses Billy really become a part of me. And every day when you spend like two hours getting them off–like I remember there was a big cut and scar right here,” he said, pointing to his arm. “And from the start of the shoot that was an extra half an hour every time we go in. You can see I’ve got no hair on my arm there because it’s just been months and months of shaving right in that spot.”