While he might easily be remembered as one of the young actors who took to the limelight on the set of Stranger Things, the 2016 American science fiction-horror web TV series in which he appeared as Steve Harrington, Joe Keery is also a musician. If you think his hair betrays him as a rock star, you’re right, because the Massachusetts-born star is the guitarist in a band called Post Animal. The psychedelic rock band was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 2014 with Dalton Allison (bass), Javi Reyes (guitar), Wesley Toledo (drums), Jake Hirshland (guitar/keyboard), Matt Williams (guitar), and Joe Keery (guitar) as members.
Joe Keery began his journey to Hollywood early – in high school, but he didn’t get the recognition he deserves until he joined the cast of the acclaimed Netflix series (Stranger Things) in late 2015. So far, fans know that he is young, talented, handsome, and plays in a band, but there are so many other interesting facts about Joe Keery to know, and they’re all here.
Joe Keery’s Biography (Age)
The star “The Stranger Things” was born on April 24, 1992, and named Joseph David Keery by his parents, who were identified as Thomas R. Keery II (father) and Laura Keery (mother). After his birth as a second child and finally, as the only son among five children, Joe spent his childhood in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he was born.
His educational career began at River Valley Charter School, where he attended elementary and middle school. Newburyport High School was his next alma mater, and while there he tried his hand at acting, using his sister as an influence. He then continued his newfound passion at a performing arts camp in Maudslay State Park, known as Theater in the Open, but that wasn’t enough for the aspiring star, who honed his skills at DePaul University’s The Theatre School and graduated in 2014.
Fresh from DePaul, Joe Keery set out to share what he had created with the world, but like most beginnings in Hollywood, it was no walk in the park for the young man. He attended up to a hundred auditions before he went gold with Stranger Things. Still, he didn’t just sit on the fence in front of it but appeared in commercials for brands like KFC, Dominoes, and Amiibo. He also played short parts in television series – Empire and Chicago Fire, both in 2015 and was cast in a full-length movie called Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party that same year.
2015 was really nice to Joe Keery, and before the year ended he chose his biggest roles to date in Stranger Things.
His Musical Offerings
It turns out that singing is also one of Joe Keery’s strengths. To his right as a musician, he performs for the psych-rock band Post Animal. His role as one of the guitarists in the Chicago-based band enabled the release of their first full-length album in October 2015.
The band’s albums include Post Animal Perform the Most Curious Water Activities (2015); The Garden Series (2016, EP); When I Think Of You In A Castle (2018); Post Animal on Audiotree Live (2018, EP).
Who Is His Girlfriend?
As many would suspect, Joe Keery does not meet his love interest in “Stranger Things”. Instead, he is in a relationship with the beautiful actress Maika Monroe, who is also popular as a professional kitesurfer. Their love for each other blossomed in May 2017, and at the premiere of Stranger Things 2 in October 2017 they were seen as a couple. Even more interesting is the fact that the lovebirds are supposed to play side by side in the yet to be released movie Shotgun.
Height And Other Interesting Facts
1. What most fans didn’t know is that he auditioned for the role of Jonathan and ended up being cast as Steve after sending his late tape during the auditions for Stranger Things. He did well on the show and became a regular, instead of the recurring commercial that was originally planned for his character.
2. He was nominated twice for the Screen Actors Guild Awards in the category of “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series” – 2017 and 2018, winning first prize.
3. Joe once released music nicknamed “Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool”.
4. The handsome actor cum Rockstar stands at a good height of 1.8 m (5 feet 9 inches) and weighs 74 kg.