I’m going to be upfront and state that I have not seen Joe act in anything other than Stranger Things and the Ferris Bueller Domino’s pizza commercials. so many celebrity crushes, so little time…
but those were enough to grab my attention and keep him on my radar. though apparently pizza delivery is not one of Joe’s strong suits
When I started browsing through interviews of Joe, my impression was that he just seems real, not a cardboard cut out of a movie star at all. I like for the actors that I admire to be down to earth, the type of people I can easily imagine myself having conversations with, instead of having a fangirl meltdown in front of them and tripping over my tongue as well as my feet if I ever met them. some of them intimidate me more than others but all of them appear to be nice, friendly guys. Joe fits that description well. he seems like someone I might even know, someone who could live down the street and I not even know he was an actor.
The internet has fallen in love with the bromance Joe’s character Steve has formed with the younger Dustin (played by Gaten Matarazzo). it’s like a big brother relationship but one that works both ways, with the younger of the two doing just as much guiding and supporting as the older more experienced one. that seems to bleed into real life as well with the praise that Joe is always quick to give regarding his younger costars, and Gaten in particular. I love the interviews with just the two of them, laughing and having fun together, it’s cute but also very heartwarming. there’s just something about that big brother vibe that melts me.
Something that several of my favorite actors share is that they are musically talented. Joe can be added to that list with confidence. he plays guitar and occasionally sings with the band Post Animals. he’s had to step back from this as of late because of Stranger Things commitments but he has three albums with them under his belt to show for it.
(okay, maybe not so real after all because I don’t know anyone who can sing like that)
I ran across an interview recently conducted by actor and comedian Kevin Pollack. it’s very informal and also very long, neither of which I’m complaining about! Kevin is very interested in origin stories, finding out step by step how someone got into acting and how their big break came about. Joe was so laid back, so honest and open in this interview, the time just flew by for me!
he was also eager for any recollections or advice Kevin offered. I think the best advice though came from Freaks and Geeks alum, Samm Levine, who urged Joe not to be afraid to put his foot down, so to speak, with the wardrobe department.
never ever ever say yes to the wardrobe department about a pair of shoes that are even a little bit uncomfortable
now that’s what I call practical advice!
I liked the character of Steve Harrington instantly, even back in season one when maybe he shouldn’t have been so likable. I knew(hoped) that there was more to him than meets the eye. thankfully I was right. so even though I’ve not viewed much of Joe’s acting yet, I’m going to trust my instincts. Stranger Things returns to Netflix for season three July 4th.
2 degrees of Dan Stevens- Joe is dating actress Maika Monroe, who shared the big screen with Dan in The Guest. any connection to Dan is always worth mentioning.