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'Stranger Things 2' newcomer's character not gay, actor says

Dacre Montgomery in "Stranger Things 2."
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The Stranger Things 2 co-star who has a cool name that looks hard to pronounce, Dacre (Day-Ker) Montgomery, addressed some fan theories about his character Billy's sexuality in HuffPo Monday.

The Australian born actor is a new edition to the popular horror/sci-fi Netflix series, giving the show some darker elements such as mental and physical abuse.

But many have wondered if Billy is gay, armchair psychologists may point out that his bullying nature toward Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), the show's other hunk, might be signs of repressed homosexuality.

When he got asked about it, Dacre says his character's aggressiveness toward Steve is not a same-sex attraction

“‘Is Billy attracted to Steve?’" And I was like, ‘No, I don’t think he is," he said to the publication. 

He added, "I don’t think it’s like this confused, homoerotic kind of thing. I think it’s literally he’s threatened by all these characters in his life.”

There is even a part in which his dad, during a rather abusive scene calls him a “faggot.” Something Dacre says was indicative of the time and the kind of father figure he has to lead him. 

“It does scream so many things about the time and about how freely this particular character [uses] this word. So I think it says a lot more than what a douchebag my dad is.”

"It’s the beginning of a lot of stuff. We sort of chatted a bit with [Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer] about humanising the villain and seeing Billy as a real person.”

The real problem he says will, in future storylines, stem not from the male posturing, but something insidious. 

“There’s something far more sinister going on with Billy,” he says. “We’ll see how that unfolds.”