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Clad in a white linen shirt and a pair of jeans, Dacre Montgomery leaned into the white couches of the Edition. As the room filled with the gentle light of the August afternoon sun, it was like camouflage. If he was anyone else, if you blink you’d miss him.
But the 23-year-old Perth native was hardly “just anyone else”.
Catapulted into the public eye in 2017 with the silver screen remake of the 90s classic, Power Rangers, Montgomery’s rising star burned even brighter when he was cast as Billy Hargrove, the newest human antagonist on Stranger Things.
Reminiscent of Montgomery’s sudden rise to fame with Power Rangers, Billy Hargrove was thrust at us and we couldn’t keep our eyes off him. Revving his blue ‘79 Camaro into the Hawkins High School parking lot, Hargrove locked in the archetypal 80s high school villain with a jean jacket, a mullet, and a cigarette flick. To top it off, the 50 second introduction of the character was scored with “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by The Scorpions. It was perfection.
Just like the hairsprayed high schoolers in that parking lot, we knew nothing about him but we were hooked. After all 15 million of us binged the addictive miniseries, everyone had Dacre Montgomery on their minds.
I was expecting the same kind of super-charged intensity that afternoon. Instead, I was met with a warm calmness that ran deep. Had he not come straight from a photoshoot that required him to walk barefoot in the streets of midtown New York, he was a quietly unassuming figure.
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