David Harbour Said "Stranger Things" Made Him Realize His "Thin" Existence "Without A Family"

    "TV definitely helped me in my life."

    David Harbour learned a lot about fatherhood thanks to his role as Jim Hopper on Stranger Things.

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    By playing a father figure to Millie Bobby Brown’s character, Eleven, Harbour learned what it meant to be a stepdad to wife Lily Allen’s two kids.

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    "TV definitely helped me in my life,” he said during a recent episode of the That Scene With Dan Patrick podcast.

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    "I'm very much a New York sort of city rat. I liked my freedom, my independence. And then it was really this part that did change a lot of that perspective," he explained.

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    "The show sort of opened my heart in a lot of different ways, and one of the ways that it did was it started to make me realize how thin my existence was without a family,” Harbour continued.

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    By “maturing into a father” on Stranger Things, Harbour felt it was something his “subconscious was crying out to do.”

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    "I think that's partially why things are so successful, because there's some unique alchemy between the performer and the role," Harbour said.

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    "I feel like there was something in Hopper that had a deep need for family, and there was something in me that had it, too, but that I wasn't even aware of."

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    "As I began to explore this role, the role allowed me to do that in my real life.”

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    After becoming a stepdad to Allen’s two kids, Harbour looks like he’s finally fulfilled with his life.