Joe Keery Was Originally Meant To Play THIS Character In "Stranger Things" And OMFG

2 November 2017, 15:16 | Updated: 7 November 2017, 16:45

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Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

"I don’t necessarily think I had the right look for that character."

If you've watched Stranger Things 2, you'll know that one of the real MVPs of the season is Steve Harrington played expertly by Joe Keery. His character gets an iconic glo-up in the season and has suddenly become everyone's dream boyfriend but things could have been ENTIRELY different...

It turns out that Joe didn't originally audition for the role of Steve Harrington, teenage dad and hair extraordinaire. He revealed his audition story in an interview with Vulture and my god, we're SO glad those Duffer brothers gave him a second chance because he originally read for the role of Jonathan (!!!!!) and things didn't go very well.


Speaking about his original audition, Joe told Vulture: "Pretty basic. It’s kind of funny. I sent a tape in, didn’t really hear anything for a while, and then two months later they were like, “They want you to tape for this other role.” I taped for Jonathan originally and then taped for Steve and then Skyped the brothers and then waited two weeks and then found out that I got it."

WHAT?!?!?! To be fair, Joe already knew going in to the audition that he wasn't quite right for Jonathan, but when he read for Steve? It all sort of fell into place.

"Right away, I was like, I don’t necessarily think I have the right look for that character. And then when I did audition for Steve, I felt I had a pretty good understanding of what they wanted the character to be. I also had a pretty good idea of what I personally wanted to bring to him. So that’s how the character Steve is now. It’s this amalgamation of how the Duffer brothers initially thought, and then the work I did on the side as well."

Wow. I feel like taking the Duffer brothers out for dinner and cocktails to thank them. Long live Steve Harrington, the best dad in Hawkins!

Read the rest of Joe's interview here. And then find out if Steve Harrington would be your Stranger Things boyfriend in our scientifically accurate quiz.