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Everything you need to know about the familiar Aussie face in Stranger Things season two.

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If you’ve already watched all of Stranger Things season two, we hold absolutely no judgment. Because so have we. 

And there are things we must talk about.

If you haven’t seen it, however, do not fear. There are no spoilers ahead. Simply a description of a new character to the series.

Billy Hargrove is a new student at Hawkins High School, who has moved from California. He is 17, has a younger step sister, and is unpredictable. He’s aggressive and the new kingpin at school, and importantly, he’s gorgeous. 

Billy is played by Australian actor Dacre Montogomery, and you actually may have seen him before.

The Perth-born actor was the Red Ranger in the 2016 Power Rangers movie, alongside Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks, and appeared in the Australian comedy A Few Less Men. 

Montgomery as the Red Ranger. Image via Lionsgate.

His audition for the role of Billy was far from conventional. In an interview with The Hollywood ReporterMontgomery described the moment he found out there was an opportunity in season two of Stranger Things.

"I got an email from my manager who [said], 'There's two season regulars joining Stranger Things, one of them is this 18-year-old bad boy.' I lost my sh*t, I was like, 'I have to nail this,'" he said.

"I was so nervous [about] it and wanted it so badly I made like a short film. I had an opening score, opening titles and credits. And I got in a G-string and danced naked to '80s music with this leather jacket and crazy glasses."

... Cool.

The bizarre audition tape definitely paid off though - and it's likely we'll be seeing a lot more of Montgomery after his stellar performance in Stranger Things. 

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