Who is Billy in strange things

Dacre Montgomery on Billy, the sexy-but-scary newcomer to “Stranger Things”

Warning: This post contains minor spoilers for the second season of Strange things.

Newcomer Billy (played by Zac Efron, similar to Dacre Montgomery) is a welcome addition to Hawkins, Indiana ... for horny teens and suburban moms. For everyone else, he's a nightmare almost on par with the Demogorgon. And like most budding psychopaths, the deeply troubled teenager has two sides: his real self - a dark being terrorizing his younger stepsister Max and her friends - and his public figure, a sweet and sexy crush with piercing blue eyes and a winning smile .

It's a tough balance to play authentically, but executive producer Shawn Levy says Dacre was the obvious choice for the role. “He's absurdly handsome and ridiculously charming in real life, too,” explains Shawn. “We feel like Dacre has been genetically engineered to be a heartthrob. As soon as we saw his audition, he got the part. We didn't cast anyone without a call back except Dacre. We saw his cassette from Australia Lines, the Duffers and I texted each other. We said, “He's Billy. Book it now. Lock it up this damn minute. "

Their game paid off: Dacre manages to redeem even someone as insane as Billy, especially in a scene where we find that his behavior was learned from his equally creepy father. "Billy is initially perceived as a maniac, but I think there are many redeemable qualities about him," Dacre tells us. “We get an explanation with his father to see why he is like him. The Duffers and I had a discussion early this season about giving Billy something like this because it's best for him to humanize the character. I tried to do that, but doing this scene helped move that forward. "

"I mean, he's a terrible person, but you know where he's from," adds Sadie Sink, who plays his stepson Max. “As soon as you see his father you are like, 'You are both terrible people. ‘It's a sad family situation, Max and Billy's relationship is definitely intense, but it was fun to film because it challenges me as an actress. You feel so bad for her, but you feel bad for Billy because you discover his anger is coming from, so it's very complicated. "

This complicated relationship between Max and Billy didn't go off-screen, however. “Sadie seems a lot older than she is. She's definitely an old soul, but we had fun, ”explains Dacre. “That probably sounds ridiculous because a lot of the scenes are intense, but we get along well. There was no chemistry read beforehand so we had never met. She has a wonderful family who are going down with her too, It felt extremely safe and secure. I do not think that I am a person who is twisting something for you. I'm not going to put her in a situation that makes her uncomfortable. I have a sister who is the same age difference and she is my only sibling so I feel very attached to this relationship. "

It helps to see a more human side of Billy, but the best scene with him is when he meets Karen Wheeler (Cara Buono). The two share a brief (and hilarious) moment of flirting that many fans hope will pick up again in season three. The chemistry between Cara and Dacre was there from the start. “I took a photo of Dacre while looking through it,” reveals Cara. “We sat next to each other and he was so charming and handsome and lovely, so I said, 'I just want a picture to commemorate this moment.' I didn't know what they were up to because they tell you things will be in one Direction and then they save it for another season. “When the scene came up, I thought, 'This is very interesting about Karen Wheeler! It was just fun to shoot. We all tried. ”Not to laugh. Dacre is a phenomenal actor and very, very sexy. "

“This scene is an instant classic,” adds Shawn. “The way Dacre takes the biscuit at the end wasn't written. Dacre improvised, like Brando with the peach in it End of the line longingto make it animal and dangerous, but also: "I just need to have sex with him." All in one! "

But don't expect Billy to get a full redemption story in season three. "I think something a lot more sinister is going to happen," said Dacre. “It rests on the surface level to some extent, so I think a lot of things are going to happen. I would love to see Billy fall in love. That would humanize him even more and be a contrast if something more sinister happens and we have this love story on the verge. I'm not writing the show, of course, but the Duffers are extremely cooperative. "

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