If you're a Stranger Things fan, then I don't need to explain to you who Dacre Montgomery is.
And while he plays a popular ~heartthrob~ on Stranger Things, in real life, Dacre didn't have quite the same experience growing up.
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!