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"Stranger Things" Star Dacre Montgomery Shared An Inspirational But Very Emotional Story About His Difficult Childhood

"When I was a kid, I was lost."

If you're a Stranger Things fan, then I don't need to explain to you who Dacre Montgomery is.

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For everyone else, Dacre plays the show's resident ~bad boy~, Billy Hargrove. Without getting into too much detail (because *spoilers*), his character took audiences for quite an emotional ride through Season 2 and especially in Season 3.

And while he plays a popular ~heartthrob~ on Stranger Things, in real life, Dacre didn't have quite the same experience growing up.

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In a recent Instagram Dacre shared an adorable throwback photo of him as a kid, but also revealed a very personal and emotional story about having a tough time in school.

His caption reads:

When I was a kid, I was lost.

I had a really tough time in school.
I was a big kid who loved drama.

I never got passing grades, I wasn’t popular or a gifted sports player.
Girls were never interested in me.
I suffered from anxiety from a young age.
I was distracted and I wasn’t focused.
But I had a dream, I was lucky — I knew what I wanted to do. And every night I went home and I focused on THAT.

I visualised a future where my dreams became a reality.
When I was 15 I failed my high school drama exams.
When I was 16 I was told I needed to loose weight.
When I was 17 I was told I should go to drama school and train.
When I was 18 I was fired from my job.
When I was in drama school I was told to leave.
When I had a DREAM — I was told it wasn’t achievable.
Well, you know what...
I lost weight, I went to drama school and I never stopped wanting it, I never stopped being curious. I never let the failures get me down.
Because I believed in myself and I never let anyone tell me otherwise.
You can do anything you set your mind to.
So, go out there and get it!

Dacre also shared his story on Twitter and there was nothing but an outpouring of love from fans:

There was also plenty of appreciation...

@dacremontgomery I love how you’re kind enough to share your experiences in hopes that they’ll help someone else. I’m so glad you never gave up on your dreams!! I couldn’t picture anyone else playing Billy with the intensity that you did. ❤️

...and emotions:

@dacremontgomery You are such an inspiration

But mostly, people were loving the inspiration:

@dacremontgomery dacre was a born motivational speaker, and i’m here for it. i love you.

Moral of the story: If you've got dreams, kids, don't give up on them!

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Because one day you could end up rockin' a killer mullet on the biggest TV show!

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