While he might easily be remembered as one of the young actors who plummeted to the limelight on the set of Stranger Things, the 2016 American science-fiction horror web television series where he starred as Steve Harrington, Joe Keery is also a musician. If you think his hair touts him as a rock star, you are right on point as the Massachusetts-born star is a guitarist for a band known as Post Animal. The psychedelic rock band was put together in 2014 in Chicago, Illinois with Dalton Allison (bass), Javi Reyes (guitar), Wesley Toledo (drums), Jake Hirshland (guitar/keyboard), Matt Williams (guitar) as well as Joe Keery (guitar) as the members.
Joe Keery started his voyage to Hollywood quite early – in high school, but he only got the recognition he deserves when he made the cast of the acclaimed Netflix series (Stranger Things) in late 2015. So far, fans know he is young, talented, handsome and in a band but there are so many other interesting facts to know about Joe Keery and they are all here.
Joe Keery’s Biography (Age)
The Stranger Things star was born on April 24, 1992, and named Joseph David Keery by his parents identified as Thomas R. Keery II (father) and Laura Keery (mother). After his birth as the second child and eventually, the only son among five children, Joe spent his childhood in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he was born.
His educational pursuit began at River Valley Charter School where he did his elementary and middle school. Newburyport High School was his next alma mater and while there, he tried his hands at acting with his sister serving as an influence. Afterward, he continued his newly found passion at a camp for the performing arts at Maudslay State Park known as Theater in the Open but that wasn’t enough for the budding star who further honed his skills at The Theatre School, DePaul University, graduating in 2014.
Fresh out of DePaul, Joe Keery set out to share the stuff he’s made of with the world but like most Hollywood beginnings, it wasn’t a walk in the park for the youngster. He was present at up to a hundred auditions prior to hitting gold with Stranger Things. Notwithstanding, he wasn’t just sitting on the fence before that but featured in commercials for brands like KFC, Domino’s, and Amiibo. He also played brief roles in the television series – Empire and Chicago Fire, both in 2015. The same year, he was cast in a full-length film titled Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party.
2015 was really nice to Joe Keery and before the year ran out, he picked his biggest roles so far in Stranger Things.
His Musical Offerings
Turns out singing is also part of Joe Keery’s forte. In his right as a musician, he performs for psych-rock band Post Animal. His role as one of the guitarists in the Chicago-based band facilitated the release of their first complete album in October 2015.
Albums by the band 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 anticipate, Joe Keery is not dating his love interest in Stranger Things. Instead, he is in a relationship with beautiful actress Maika Monroe who is also popular as a professional kiteboarder. Their love for each other blossomed in May 2017 and they were seen as a couple at the premiere of Stranger Things 2 in October 2017. Even more interesting is the fact that the lovebirds are to star side by side in the film Shotgun – yet to be released.
Height And Other Interesting Facts
1. What most fans didn’t know is that he auditioned for the role of Jonathan and ended up getting cast as Steve after sending his belated tape during auditions for Stranger Things. He did well on the show and became a regular instead of the recurring spot that was initially planned for his character.
2. He has been nominated twice for Screen Actors Guild Awards in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – 2017 and 2018, winning the first.
3. Joe once released music using the moniker “Cool Cool Cool”.
4. The handsome actor cum rock star stands at a good height of 1.8 m (5 feet 9 inches) and weighs 74 kg.