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.
how i’m tryna be pic.twitter.com/Cfu2bmeI33
— ☼ (@coffeencocktail) October 31, 2017
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,