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What ‘Stranger Things’ Star Joe Keery Is Really Thinking When You Ask For A Selfie

January 11, 2018 0 49

Joe Keery is me. Joe Keery is goooooaaaals. Joe Keery is the best mother to four pre-teen misfits this side of reality. If you’ve been on Tumblr in the last three months, you probably know Steve Harrington’s Stranger Things Season 2 arc has turned 25-year-old actor Joe Keery into a magnet for memeification. He’s become someone who can simply pose for a quick on-set snapchat photo with a dog and “champagne” and become synonymous with #goals or do his job well and end up with a Wikipedia page that indicates he’s a parent of four (people are just really into this Steve Harrington as surrogate mom to the Stranger Things kids, OK?). But in reality, Keery is just a dude who’s trying to figure out how to find time to create music between seasons of the Netflix smash, and who’s still puzzled as to why everyone is so obsessed with editing his face onto the cover of the Babysitter’s Club books.

“It’s wild, it’s crazy, it’s so weird,” he says, speaking to me at Bustle HQ with such genuine disbelief that you’d almost think he’d been body-swapped into the life of a celebrity. “It’s become a lifestyle?” he asks, referring to the viral dog photo (it was originally screen-grabbed from co-star Finn Wolfhard’s Snapchat). “This is just me, this is like how I am. It’s like geez, I was just doing it for fun.” But as Keery tells it, he probably should have seen this new wave of fandom coming — after all, his mom actually liked his character this season.

“I gauge it by the way my mom reacts,” Keery offers with a laugh, when I ask about how fans have received his character. “She saw the first season and was like, ‘Man, you were a total jerk, I didn’t know you were going to be a jerk.’ But, yeah this year, she’s a little more excited that I was, you know, hanging out with kids.”

Those kids (and OK, Hopper, too) are a big part of why fans’ obsession continues, even into 2018 and awards season. From his funny interactions with Finn Wolfhard on Twitter, to his palpable bond with Gaten Matarazzo (see: this adorable video over on Wired), to his offer to shave his beloved coif if Hopper actor David Harbour won a Golden Globe, Keery’s friendly-dude-next-door manner continues to enamor fans long after the initial rush of Stranger Things fever has subsided.

But that memo doesn’t seem to have made it to the actor, who doesn’t appear quite ready to lean all the way into celebrity. While his co-stars were posing as a lovable crew, debuting new relationships, and donning high fashion at the 2018 Golden Globes, Keery was MIA from the glitzy action. And when we meet, Keery seems more concerned with getting people to listen to one of his favorite bands — a funk band from Michigan called Vulfpeck — than he is about actually hopping in front of the camera; photos are practically an afterthought to stealing a few moments to just chat.



Apparently, this is a theme for Keery, who struggles to find sense in Instagram culture, in which fans need to grab photographic proof of even the slightest celeb encounter. “There isn’t really like a protocol and there isn’t really like a right way to do it, right?” he muses.

“I think it’s kind of like a 21st century thing. Man, when I was a kid, I didn’t even have a phone — I didn’t have an iPhone until I was in college. So, you know I wasn’t taking pictures on the Juke whatever,” he says, casually stealing a sip of cold brew iced coffee. (For the uninitiated, the Samsung Juke was a goofy, camera-less candy bar-style phone from the late 2000s.)

Not one for taking dozens of photos for photos’ sake (just look at his artsy Instagram feed, which he only updates a few times a month), Keery longs for a time when fans were actually trying to, well, just chat. “I think about Frank Sinatra — sure, he took some photos, but if he’s just walking by in public or something, or like eating at a restaurant, there wouldn’t be people trying to take a photo. It would be people trying to meet you.”



“I would much rather sit down and like talk to someone and be like, ‘No, I don’t really want to take a photo because I just got off a plane,'” he adds. “I would much rather say, ‘What’s your name? And where [are] you from?’ and talk to somebody.”

Of course, Keery’s seeming aversion to all things celeb could have something to do with how ardently fans seek out information about the actor — and his co-stars. An incident involving Wolfhard made headlines in November 2017, when he didn’t stop for a photo upon leaving his hotel — and it caused Wolfhard and his co-stars to collectively stand up for maintaining a modicum of privacy. Wolfhard later tweeted:


For his part, Keery says fans have even gone so far as to go through his high school friends’ Facebook pages and Instagram feeds for photos of Keery before he was famous. The invasive practice — which is the hallmark of “making it” for so many famous people — is forcing Keery into a protective mode, the type of careful privacy one might attribute to, oh, you know, a major celebrity.



“It’s so weird, it definitely makes me a little more hesitant to put myself online or anything like that,” he says. “It’s not like I’m just sharing it with my friend, I’m sharing it with a couple million people now. It makes me a little more hesitant, but it also doesn’t make me want to change my outlook for the way that I use it, just as kind of like a fun, funny tool, and not use it as an ‘on at 10!’ self-promotional thing.”

The other reason being a bona fide Stranger Things celebrity might be a little rough for Keery? It means giving up touring and collaborating with his band, Post Animal, as their new record hits this spring while he’s living in Los Angeles and filming Stranger Things in Georgia. After all, Google Hangouts “aren’t great for jamming.”



He explains the scheduling conflicts and missed touring opportunities with a heaviness in his voice — one that carries even more weight than any comments about overly invasive behavior from fans or a distaste for post-airport selfies. And yet, his focus is on his friends in the band and their future, not his own.

“It’s important to disassociate Steve from Stranger Things to the band because I think it will eventually hurt the band,” he says, averting his gaze. “Those guys are such talented musicians … I think it’s important that they’re hitting the pavement for a while and making a name for themselves and it’s not necessarily associated with Stranger Things.” He adds that there’s still hope for the whole band to get back together, “it’s just about finding the time.”

When I ask his about his own projects outside of the impending Stranger Things Season 3, he hesitates, mentioning some music he worked on while filming Season 2 (apparently, he lived in a cabin without wifi — casual) and that it will “hopefully” come out soon.

“Hopefully it doesn’t suck,” he says with a laugh, “It’s almost like I have to put it out there in the universe so in case it does suck, I said it.”

And if it does suck — but let’s be real, it won’t — fans could probably cheer Keery up by simply putting down their cell phones, and asking for a good old-fashioned, Frank-Sinatra-in-a-fancy-1960s-restaurant chat.

Grooming: Erica Sauer using Cicely and Bumble and bumble at The Wall Group

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Joe Keery’s Dog Meme Gets Explained By The ‘Stranger Things’ Actor Himself & You’ll Love It Even More

December 31, 2017 0 48

Steve Harrington cuddling a dog and drinking champagne was the meme the world needed in 2017. And if you thought the photo was a gift from the internet gods, just wait until you hear the story behind Joe Keery’s dog meme, as explained by the Stranger Things actor himself. In a recent interview with Bustle, Keery shares his thoughts on being a meme and how that now famous photo happened in the first place.

The first thing you need to know is that Keery wasn’t sipping champagne in the picture. His glass was full of apple juice instead, because the photo itself was taken on-set by Keery’s young co-star Finn Wolfhard. That’s not all — apparently, Wolfhard has lots of other photos featuring Keery and his Pomeranian pal. (Um, Wolfhard, if you’d like to share with the class, the internet would be eternally grateful.)

“Finn — we were just shooting one day and we were bored and we were in the trailer. I think it was close to the end of shooting,” Keery explains to Bustle. “It’s not champagne, it’s just apple juice, I’m pretty sure, because kids — and yeah, we were just joking around. There’s a ton of those photos, I guess that’s the only one that’s out, but Finn has a bunch of those photos of me and the champagne and this dog.”

What Keery fails to mention is that he and co-star David Harbour have been engaged in a bit of an on-set rivalry over who can get the most cuddles from that adorable Pomeranian.


However, the dog in question doesn’t belong to Harbour or Keery. The pup’s owner is actually one of the show’s makeup artists. In a November interview with Mashable, Harbour described his and Keery’s puppy obsession as a love triangle. Harbour said,

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Joe Keery said he’ll shave his beautiful hair if David Harbour wins a Golden Globe

December 13, 2017 0 57

Of all of the iconic, meme-able elements of Stranger Things — Hopper’s dancing, Eleven’s love of Eggos, Bob’s adorable everything — perhaps nothing has inspired as much devoted fan fervor as Steve’s hair.

Steve’s hair is, in a word, luscious. It defies gravity in a Jean-Ralphio swoop with the movement and hold you only get with the exact quantity of Farrah Fawcett hairspray.

And it might be gone soon.

David Harbour (who plays that sweetly dancing police chief Jim Hopper) was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Supporting Actor, and his fellow cast members commented their congratulations on an Instagram post, including Joe Keery, a.k.a. Steve, who wrote, “if you win David the Duffer’s [sic] get to shave my head”.

Of course, given that Stranger Things is coming back for a third season and Keery probably wouldn’t be able to grow a full head of hair again before shooting starts means that this offer is probably just a joke — after all, Steve’s hair is essential to his character development.

But if you’re desperate for soon-to-be viral moments in the wake of a possible David Harbour victory, Harbour has already promised to do The Dance if he wins — and friends don’t lie.

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Steve & Dustin’s Friendship In ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Was A Total Accident

November 6, 2017 0 48

Nothing bonds people quite like sharing hair-care secrets and hunting demodogs, as Stranger Things Season 2’s best bromance illustrates so beautifully. But according to series creators Matt and Ross Duffers’ recap of “The Spy” for Vulture, Steve and Dustin’s friendship was a happy accident. That’s right, Steve and Dustin’s bonding over Farrah Fawcett Hairspray wasn’t part of the original pitch for the show’s second season arc, it was born out of necessity during the writing process.

It wasn’t until the Duffers realized that Steve was being sidelined as Nancy and Jonathan’s relationship developed that the guys came up with an idea to keep him in the action. Since Dustin was dealing with a broken heart too, he became the obvious choice to pull Steve into the kids’ storyline. Matt explained to Vulture,

“Obviously, Steve had just lost Nancy, and Dustin’s first crush was not going very well with Max. They’re an odd couple, but they’re bonded in that way. We thought they could each help each other get over their heartbreak.”
From that nugget of inspiration, one of the show’s best friendships was born. The coolest guy in high school and one of the nerdiest kids in middle school may not seem like they have much in common on the outside, but Steve and Dustin proved to be far more alike than either of them ever expected. Their friendship is so strong that Steve ends up driving Dustin to the Snow Ball dance in the finale, just like a proud (and nervous) big brother.

From that nugget of inspiration, one of the show’s best friendships was born. The coolest guy in high school and one of the nerdiest kids in middle school may not seem like they have much in common on the outside, but Steve and Dustin proved to be far more alike than either of them ever expected. Their friendship is so strong that Steve ends up driving Dustin to the Snow Ball dance in the finale, just like a proud (and nervous) big brother.

Not only did Steve and Dustin have to deal with heartbreak this season, they also both experienced the feeling of being on the outside of their friend groups. It’s implied that Steve has drifted away from his friends after the events of Season 1, and he doesn’t have a post-high school plan lined up. In many ways, it seems like he’s put all of his energy into his relationship with Nancy to avoid thinking about the future. When the breakup occurs, the reality that he’s not sure what comes next for him appears to hit home.

Meanwhile, Dustin is dealing with his friends growing up at a faster rate than he is. Sure, he has a crush on Max, but he’s still more interested in catching slimy pets and planning the perfect Halloween costume. While Lucas is growing closer to Max, Mike and Will are bonding over their shared Upside Down-related traumas, and Dustin is left very much on his own to deal with the Dart problem. It’s no wonder the Duffers decided to bring Steve and Dustin into each other’s orbit — from a character standpoint, their situations were surprisingly similar.

As soon as the Duffers started writing for Steve and Dustin, they knew they had something special. In the Vulture interview, Matt said,

“The minute we started writing them together — at this point, we knew the voices of the actors so well, and they just seemed to work really well together. It was like two very different notes that played really nicely together.”
Steve and Dustin needed each other, and the fan reaction to the unexpected pals suggests that the Stranger Things community needed them too. They even won over the hearts of the Duffers. Matt told Vulture of the friendship, “That’s my favorite thing this year. Or my favorite surprise, because it was never planned.”

If you don’t ship Nancy and Jonathan for any other reason, then you should at least be grateful for the their romance pushing the writers to find something to do with Steve. Because without them, Season 2 may have been missing the glorious moment when Steve Harrington divulged the secret to his majestic hair just to cheer up Dustin. And what kind of world would that be?

Stranger Things Season 2 still would have been good, but Steve and Dustin’s unexpected bromance helped make it truly great.

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Stranger Things Star Joe Keery Knows Exactly Which Steve Moment Will Become a Meme This Season

October 31, 2017 0 32

It’s a little after 1 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, October 27 and Joe Keery still hasn’t looked at the Internet. Even though this is the biggest day of the year since Stranger Things Season One became a surprise phenomena last summer, Keery is having a pretty low-key day, he tells me. “We’re going to check out the Griffith Observatory,” Keery tells me, mentioning that it was a location for James Dean’s classic

In fact, until I mention it, Keery doesn’t realize the reviews and recaps have already been rolling out since Netflix dropped the full nine episodes of Stranger Things 2 a few hours earlier. But Keery isn’t the only one extremely chill these days. His character—Steve Harrington—has also gotten a lot more relaxed in the show’s second season.

Over the course of the show’s two seasons, Steve has become one of Stranger Things’ most dynamic characters. At the beginning of Season One, he’s your typical high school bully with the perfect set of hair and the perfect girlfriend. He plays football and smashes the quiet loner’s camera. But, like some high school teens tend to do, Steve grew up. Paired with falling in love with Nancy and the ultra-dimensional beast that killed a schoolmate and kidnapped a neighborhood boy, Steve has matured quite a bit. He’s humbled, selfless, and brave in Season Two. He’s the highlight of these nine new episodes, with Keery shining alongside Gaten Matarazzo’s Dustin Henderson, for whom he’s become somewhat of a brotherly mentor.

Before he heads off to the Mount Hollywood landmark, Keery tells me about how his character has grown, the secret to Steve’s perfect hair, how he’ll become a meme this season, and his band getting signed to a record label.

Steve really has grown up fast in Season Two.

I think of it as kind of a fluid arc; it’s kind of a journey. It’s him growing up and becoming less self-absorbed. This character only cares about himself and the way people see him. In Season One, you really see that he cares about this girl; the beginning [of Season Two]is a catalyst is him learning to put others before himself. And I think it’s a super necessary part of him growing up and we see that through the relationship with the kids and through his final interactions with Nancy at the end of the season.

How Steve subverts typical ’80s character tropes.

I think a lot of it has to do with the writing. The boys do such a nice job of telling these stories. Personally, I think it’s my job to make sure people can relate to everything this character is doing and saying, even if it’s the wrong thing like breaking a camera. It’s an amalgamation of me making sure I’m doing my job and the writers making sure they do their jobs. They do such a good job of making sure the material is rich and full of human decisions, rather than just falling into a trope. They’re also really collaborative on set and in the writing room, and they’re really open to ideas. Them fostering that sort of vibe on set is integral to the show and subverting those tropes.

The trauma of Season One changed Steve.

The prep I was doing was mostly kind of—and this is going to sound cheesy—getting into the mindset of Steve one year later after the events of last year. I think one of the reasons that he and Nancy don’t work out is they both have different ways of dealing with the trauma. It was really about getting into the headspace of that character and making sure I understood everything that happened after Season One—[that] was the most important thing I could do for Season Two. Because he really deeply cares about Nancy, which you can tell in that shot [of him] sitting on the couch at the end of Season Two, where she looks one way and he looks another way. That look alone kind of explains what happens in Season Two and why the characters don’t get along. She wants to go about it one way and he wants to go about it another way, and eventually that’s what comes to a head.

Despite the monsters and other dimensions, at its heart Stranger Things is a relatable story.

It’s about this crazy extra terrestrial shit that’s going on, but the real conflict is how people deal with this situation differently. Fundamentally, that could be the end of so many types of situations. I think it’s believable, and I think it’s kind of a realistic thing. I think the boys did a really smart move making that a catalyst for me and Natalia’s characters.

His relationship with actor Gaten Matarazzo shone through in some of his favorite scenes.

That was one of my favorite scenes to film. It’s not like I really do anything for my hair; I just wash it every three to four days. People seem to be mystified by it. It’s mostly just my parents’ hair. What I really like about that scene is you see Steve for the first time let his guard down with this kid. The characters kind of come together because they’re both kind of left in the dust. They find what they need in each other. It ends up helping both of them and they learn from it. That scene is a moment where they both let their guard down and you can see that he really cares about this kid, and it’s helpful in his journey to care more about others than he does himself. It’s also these two characters who think they have it all figured out—but in no way have it all figured out.
Also, Gaten is such a genius; he’s such a smart funny kid. And I’m learning so many things about how to be spontaneous and relaxing. I’m ready to get back to work and shoot more. The kid is obviously 10 years younger than me, but he feels more mature than me. He’s a gracious kid, man; he has a really good head on his shoulder. A lot of people ask me how the kids are, and the kids are doing excellent. They’re dealing with such a crazy thing going on in their life.

It’s actually been really cool to become famous so quickly.

To put it simply: People who are strangers to me will come up and say, “Are you that guy from that show?” I’ll be like, “Yeah,” and they’ll say, “Oh, nice job.” And really, for the most part, it’s people showing appreciation for the work you’ve done. It’s really cool to have this positive response when just two years ago I was just waiting tables trying to get any acting job—let alone on a show that everyone watches. I mostly just feel really humbled and thankful, because I could be struggling to get any type of job.

It takes more than than shampoo, conditioner, and Farrah Fawcett’s Fabergé Organics hairspray to get Steve’s perfect hair.

Well, the cut’s good. And if the haircut is good, that’s half the job. It’s just a blow-dry with stuff in the back. Sarah Hindsgaul, who is the head of hair, is totally killer. She’s the best. She does the hair for the entire cast, and you can see how accurate and subtle her work is. It’s not, like, in-your-face ‘80s hair; it’s really nice and tasteful. She’s the hair guru.

I think they’ve actually discontinued [Fabergé Organics]. You can probably find it on ebay or something. Prices will probably jack up in the next week or two. Or maybe Netflix will reissue it.

Someone actually wrote Steve’s horrible essay.

I read that essay in the show, and it was a horrible, horrible, horrible essay. It was like, “I, Steve Harrington, stole the ball and I made the shot and that relates to the war for these reasons.” Any of the kids on the show could have written a better essay. It was like a page and a half long—definitely not long enough for a college application. I actually don’t know who wrote it. Whoever wrote that should just come forward and tell me.

His band, Post Animal, just got signed to a record deal.

Honestly, the band has been really great. Work has gotten a little in the way, but I’m really proud of these guys. I’ve lived with them for almost two years in Chicago. This summer I’ve been doing a lot of work stuff, but they’ve been doing really well. They just signed a record label for the record we all wrote last summer. It’s going to be out in springtime I believe, on Polyvinyl records. I’m very excited for the boys because music is another love of mine. And I don’t know another group of people who are as devoted and hard working as these guys. I’ll be able to be on this record that will be released. I feel super lucky. I’m really hoping that shooting this year kind of lines up so I’ll be able to take about a month and continue to do that. We’re going to try to go write the next record over January and February. It’s something we all work on and we all kind of have our own solo projects. I think people will really like the record it’s like classic rock—kind of psychedelic and we recorded it at this lake house up in Michigan. We just shacked up for about two weeks and banged it out.


The Steve and Jean-Ralphio was his meme last year, he thinks his dancing will go viral this year.

Maybe my face when I’m dancing. I look like a total idiot. It was in the Michael Jackson trailer. I didn’t even realize it, but I’m making the Tom Cruise Risky Business face, where he’s getting interviewed for college and he has this kind of open-mouthed look—that kind of classic Tom Cruise face. I don’t know if I’m allowed to turn it into a meme myself.

Where Steve is emotionally in the end of Season Two, going into Season Three.

He’s kind of realized that he’s not necessarily the best thing for Nancy. And he really loves this person. He knows that the best thing he can do is let her move on and do what she needs to do. I don’t think he’s given up hope, but I think he’s come to terms with the fact that to do what’s best for her he might not be doing what’s best for himself. Obviously, he’s going to have trouble getting into college. Who knows if he’ll even get in. HIs entire social climate has changed. The friends that he had—he doesn’t really have them any more. He’s really kind of in this limbo, and he could go a ton of different ways. The Duffer Brothers and I have discussed a few things, but I’ll keep those secret in case any of those actually happen.

When he’s getting back to work on Stranger Things.

I’ve got some time to hang out. I’ll be doing some traveling and I’m looking to book another gig. Just always looking for the next job. I’m going to do some press; I’m taking my little sister and we’re going to Italy to do press for the show. Stranger Things is in break mode right now. They have to write the damn thing. Step one: Write the damn thing!

Stranger Things’ Joe Keery on the Show’s Second Season and His Now-Famous Head of Hair

October 30, 2017 0 44

We took the actor, who plays Steve Harrington on Netflix’s blockbuster show and possesses one of the most iconic manes to ever hit the small screen, to Montreal to try on this season’s best designer jackets.

When you sat down to binge-watch the first season of Stranger Things, you probably thought you knew exactly what you could expect from Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), the requisite popular kid at Hawkins High School. Smirky, cocky, and with a well-earned reputation as a heartbreaker, Steve seemed poised to be one of the show’s big villains—the ’80s bully to end all ’80s bullies.

But over the course of Stranger Things‘ first season, something strange really didhappen: Steve—in the hands of the impressively coiffed up-and-comer Joe Keery—evolved from being a smarmy jerk to a flawed but ultimately well-intentioned protagonist in his own right. By the end of Season One, Steve had dumped his awful friends, made amends with Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and salvaged his relationship with Nancy (Natalia Dyer). Of course, Season Two is another story entirely—but we’re not going to spoil that here.

So what’s it like to go from waiting tables to being at the center of one of TV’s buzziest shows in the span of a single year? We caught up with Joe Keery in Montreal to get a peek into the mind of Stranger Things‘ bad boy with a heart of gold.


At Wilensky’s Light Lunch. Shearling leather bomber jacket, $1,970, andsweatshirt, by AMI / Trousers by Moncler / Socks by Stance / Sneakers by Common Projects / Aaron Feaver

How He Got the Part

“When I first auditioned for Stranger Things, I was just living in Chicago. Just looking for a job. Working at a restaurant, doing commercials and bit parts on shows. I honestly would have been happy booking anything. But I remember seeing the concept trailer the Duffer Brothers put together. The boys took these bits and pieces from all the movies that inspired them—Jaws, E.T., The Thing, Firestarter—and they cut them together into a mock trailer for what they wanted the vibe of the show to be. I was like, “Oh, man. This would be so, so cool.” But as an actor, you audition for something and forget about it, because you figure, “Yeah, that was really fun. Probably won’t get it. On to the next one.”

At Fairmount Bagel Bakery. Shearling storm coat, $3,230, by A.P.C. Louis W. / Denim shirt and jeans by A.P.C. / Boots by New Republic by Mark McNairy / Belt by J.Crew Aaron Feave

Steve Harrington Was Supposed to be Even More of a Dick

“Originally, I auditioned for Jonathan. They were having everybody across the country audition for that. And when I got the script, Steve was definitely a little harsher. He was having this party—I think it was on a beach, because it originally took place in Montauk, Long Island. And he was a total, total dick. He forced himself on Nancy. Way harsher. But I think the Duffer Brothers were up for incorporating ideas we would have into the characters, and I had an instant idea what Steve would be like. I based it on people in my life, and characters that you see in those movies. In my mind, I think he has qualities that make him sort of a jerk. And aloof. And maybe not the most intelligent guy. But at the end of the day, I think he really does mean well.”


Jacket, $3,020, by Prada / Sweater, scarf and trousers by Prada / Socks by Falke / Shoes by Church’s / Sunglasses by Steven Alan Aaron Feaver

On Season Two’s Outsized Expectations

“Everyone is really excited—but at the same time, there’s an audience of people who are waiting and expecting Season Two to live up to the first season. But pressure’s also good, you know? When you’re backed into a corner, you’re forced to sink or swim, and I think people will like what we came up with. The new people we brought into the mix are some unbelievably talented actors. Paul Resier, Brett Gelman, Sean Astin… you list those people’s names, and you think about the films, and experience, and all the things they’ve worked on. I was sitting next to Sean Astin at the table read, and I was like, “I can’t believe I’m sitting next to Rudy.” It’s the craziest thing.”

At Beautys Luncheonette. Denim jacket, $795, by CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC / Turtleneck by CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

The Worst Kind of Relationship Goals

“Steve has gone from this super-confident sort of ladies’ man to this needy boyfriend. I had friends—and I had situations—where you spend so much time hanging out with your girlfriend that you lose touch with other people. You only really have this one person—and when that person starts to let go, you almost feel like you need to clamp on even harder, you know?”


At the Hotel William Gray. Suede jacket, $6,990, by Tom Ford / Henleyand sweater by Tom Ford / Jeans by Acne Studios / Socks by Falke /Shoes by J.Crew Aaron Feaver

On Being a 25-Year-Old Teen

“I still looking relatively young for my age, so I find myself going in for these teenage roles. But as time goes on, I feel less and less like a teenager. Like… I shouldn’t be auditioning for a teenager. Certain things will always hurt: rejection, or loss. But I just turned 25. I’ll be turning 26 this year. It’s actually getting kind of far away for me. But I’m a working adult… so if I’ve gotta be a teenager, I’ll do it. [laughs]”
Down jacket, $1,890, by Moncler / Jeans by John Elliott / Sneakers by Adidas / Beanie by Poler

Keery Knows It’s All About the Hair

“Do I get recognized? I guess it depends on if I’m wearing a hat or not. The hairdo is a dead giveaway. There’s nothing I can do. It’s just the way my hair grows. It’s my parents’ fault, really, because they have such big hair too. People always ask me, but it’s not like I use a shitload of hairspray or anything. I wash it probably every two or three days. On set—that’s the real preparation. There’s a whole process. Washing the hair at a specific time before coming in to shoot, and then a whole blowdrying routine, and then doing a thing to the back, and getting it cut a specific way. On set, the process is pretty lengthy. But in my normal, everyday life… most of the time, it totally looks like shit.”

At L’Gros Luxe. Suede jacket, $4,990, by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello / Sweater and trousers by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello / Socks by Falke / Loafers by Sebago / Watch by Seiko Aaron Feaver

The Strange Thing About Style Right Now

“’80s style is contemporary style now. Especially shoes. But people who have already experienced the ’80s, I think, are less likely to go back there style-wise. Since I experienced the late ’90s and early 2000s, when people start wearing low-rise jeans, and getting frosted tips again… I don’t think I’m gonna go there.”

At the Hotel William Gray. Jacket by Berluti, price upon request / T-shirt and trousers by Berluti / Belt by Tom Ford Aaron Feaver

Styled by Kelly McCabe

Grooming by Benjamin Thigpen

Produced by Kranky Produktions

 

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Stranger Things star Joe Keery reunites with doppelgänger Ben Schwartz in new ad

October 23, 2017 0 37

Father and son are reunited: In a new ad for Visa, Ben Schwartz and Stranger Things star Joe Keery see just how far their similar looks can take them.

Back in 2016, the internet decided Keery and Schwartz looked similar and subsequently declared Jean-Ralphio — the wacky, beloved character Schwartz played on Parks and Recreation — and Keery’s Steve Harrington related. “We will neither confirm nor deny that Steve is Jean-Ralphio’s real dad,” Parks co-creator Mike Schur tweeted. “But yes, Steve is definitely his real dad.”

Around that time, the two actors teamed up for a Late Late Show With James Cordon bit to “address” the fan theories. And now, they seem like old pals — the Visa clip opens with Keery giving Schwartz, who wrote and directed the ad, a piggyback ride before a woman approaches Schwartz and mistakes him for Keery.

“Oh my god, Joe Keery!” she exclaims. “I’m a huge, huge, huge fan!” Schwartz runs with it, though he uses the opportunity to mess with his bud’s reputation. “Give up on your dreams, and goodbye,” he tells her after rejecting a selfie. Keery, however, accepts the photo op when another enthusiastic fan approaches him thinking he’s Schwartz. Team Joe.

After these mix-ups and more — Keery’s mom also has some trouble telling the two apart — Schwartz asks Keery if he can borrow $4,000 to buy… a suit made of marshmallows. He says no, of course, and heads to the bathroom to play with his now-famous head of hair while Schwartz tries to break into his Visa account to steal the money. Spoiler: It doesn’t work.

Watch the video above to see what Keery ultimately decides regarding the marshmallow suit — and, more importantly, to hear both of them put on their best Kermit the Frog voices.

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Joe Keery calls Georgia home while on set for “Stranger Things.”

December 1, 2016 0 30

Lucky for us, Joe Keery wasn’t a very good high school student.

“I think I had a C average,” says the likable 24-year-old, better known as complicated dreamboat Steve Harrington in Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, which is filmed in and around Atlanta. “I just chose to focus on theater instead.” During his senior year, the Massachusetts native applied to Chicago’s DePaul University on a whim. Keery found his niche in the theater department, and he appeared in shows including Empire and Chicago Fire. But it’s his work as Stranger Things’ impeccably coiffed hero that gave him his big break.

“I could kind of sympathize with him, even though there’s a scene where he’s sort of a bully,” he says. “I thought it was a really interesting project—I instantly got what they were going for. I loved the aesthetic right away.”

The actor is certainly no stranger to Atlanta—which stands in for the show’s fictional setting of Hawkins, Ind.—after filming in the area since fall 2015. Keery has posted photos on his Instagram account of hot spots including The Fox Theatre, Sweetwater Creek State Park and the BeltLine, and we imagine there will be more to come now that production on season two has officially gotten underway.

Keery—who also plays guitar and drums for the psych-rock band Post Animal—was most recently seen in horror movie The Charnel House, which premiered last month and was filmed in Cleveland earlier this year. The humble Keery even took a Megabus there: “It was definitely a bumpy ride,” he says with a laugh. We’re thinking the ride’s going to be a lot smoother going forward.

 

source: Modern Luxury

Reel Thing: Joe Kerry

November 2, 2016 0 23

Stranger Things. A new film. A rock band. Is there anything Joe Keery can’t do?

Lucky for us, Joe Keery wasn’t a very good high school student.

“I think I had a C average,” says the likeable 24-year-old, better known as complicated dreamboat Steve Harrington in Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things. “I just chose to focus on theater instead.” During his senior year, the Massachusetts native applied to DePaul University on a whim. Keery found his niche in the theater department, and he appeared in locally filmed shows Empire and Chicago Fire. But it’s his work as Stranger Things’ impeccably coiffed hero that gave him his big break.

“I could kind of sympathize with him, even though there’s a scene where he’s sort of a bully,” he says. “I thought it was a really interesting project—I instantly got what they were going for. I loved the aesthetic right away.”

Despite his newfound fame, Keery has stayed in Chicago and can easily rattle off some of his favorite haunts: breakfast at Humboldt Park’s Flying Saucer, lunch at Lula Cafe, jazz at Green Mill, horror movies at The Logan Theatre. Even his memory of getting his big role is a classic: He was working as a waiter at DMK Burger Bar, and he went into the alley to take the call from his agent when she gave him the good news. “I did a little celebration dance,” he says, “and then went back and kept waiting tables.”

Keery—who also plays guitar and drums for the local psych-rock band Post Animal—will next be seen in horror movie The Charnel House, premiering Nov. 4, which was filmed in Cleveland earlier this year. The humble Keery even took a Megabus there: “It was definitely a bumpy ride,” he says with a laugh. We’re thinking the ride’s going to be a lot smoother going forward.

KEERY’S HOTS
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard (they’re a band), a well-made BLT club, lemon water

KEERY’S NOTS
Guitarists who wear their guitars really low, fussy neighbors, too much mayo