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    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.

    David Harbour attends the New York Screening of "Stranger Things" Season 3
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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.

    Millie Bobby Brown (L) and David Harbour holding hands and smiling at each other at the "Stranger Things" Season 3 World Premiere
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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.

    David Harbour attends Netflix's "Stranger Things" celebrates 12 Emmy nominations
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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.

    David Harbour attends The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards
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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.

    David Harbour attends the premiere of Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 3
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    By “maturing into a father” on Stranger Things, Harbour felt it was something his “subconscious was crying out to do.”

    David Harbour attends the "Fun Mom Dinner"- After Party
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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.

    David Harbour attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
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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."

    David Harbour arrives at The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party wearing a fedora
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    "As I began to explore this role, the role allowed me to do that in my real life.”

    David Harbour speaks onstage during the Hellboy panel during New York Comic Con
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    After becoming a stepdad to Allen’s two kids, Harbour looks like he’s finally fulfilled with his life.

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