Gaten Matarazzo stars as Dustin on Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things. And while the lovable, lisping 15-year-old shines on screen, his road to fame wasn’t simple. Indeed, Matarazzo has bravely opened up about a disability that nearly kept him away from an acting career.
Matarazzo’s career in acting had begun unexpectedly after he went to a talent showcase with his older sister and just happened to get an agent. “I didn’t know the first thing about acting but I was like, ‘Yeah!’ And my mom went, ‘Really?’ And I was like, ‘Uh-huh! Let’s just do it, it’s probably cool,’” he told The Daily Beast.
With that, Matarazzo made it into the touring company for two big shows: Les Misérables and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He also had a small part on the NBC show The Blacklist on his resume. But he lost out on hundreds of other parts, he told BBC 5 Live in the U.K.