Stranger Things star Dacre Montgomery reveals how a phone call from Hugh Jackman changed his life

Stranger Things star Dacre Montgomery reveals how a phone call from role model Hugh Jackman changed his life forever

Strange things star Dacre Montgomery has credited Hugh Jackman for making him a star. 

The 27-year-old actor, who rose to fame playing Billy Hargrove in the Netflix sci-fi series, says The Greatest Show man star is his ‘role model’ and has revealed how an unexpected phone call from the Oscar winner changed his life.

‘Randomly during the pandemic I had this missed call from an American number so I left a voice message and it was Hugh Jackman,’ he told the Daily Telegraph.

Strange things star Dacre Montgomery has credited Hugh Jackman for making him a star

Strange things star Dacre Montgomery has credited Hugh Jackman for making him a star 

‘He’ll make time even after finishing a show on Broadway,’ he added. ‘He’ll ring at 10pm at night and be like, “Here’s what I think you should do.”‘

Montgomery said Jackman is the perfect ‘modern-day role model for men’ and he hopes to pass on the same wisdom.

Montgomery is in Sydney to attend the GQ Men of the Year awards in association with BOSS. 

The 27-year-old actor says The Greatest Show man star is his 'role model' and has revealed how an unexpected phone call from the Oscar winner changed his life

The 27-year-old actor says The Greatest Show man star is his ‘role model’ and has revealed how an unexpected phone call from the Oscar winner changed his life 

Montgomery rose to fame playing Billy Hargrove in the Netflix sci-fi series

Montgomery rose to fame playing Billy Hargrove in the Netflix sci-fi series

In 2019, the Perth-born star opened up about his struggles with self-confidence and how he had spent the last few years trying to undo mental damage caused during this youth.

But regardless of his setbacks, he believes ‘everyone goes through stuff’ and it could have a positive impact in the long run.

‘I think it builds your character, but if the bedrock of your story is ridden with moments or experiences that rock your self-confidence then I think no matter how much you want to mask it as you grow older, it’s still there,’ he told Build at the time.  

Montgomery is in Sydney to attend the GQ Men of the Year awards in association with BOSS

Montgomery is in Sydney to attend the GQ Men of the Year awards in association with BOSS

‘I’m doing a lot of work on myself, psycho-analysing myself and trying to figure out what all these walls that I’ve built up [are] and how can I strengthen myself properly from really deep inside.’

It isn’t the first time Montgomery has opened up about his mental health.

In July 2019, he shared an image of a younger, chubbier version of himself in school student.

He wrote alongside the snap: ‘I was told [my dream] wasn’t achievable. I never let the failures get me down. Because I believed in myself and I never let anyone tell me otherwise.

‘I knew what I wanted to do. Every night I went home and I focused on that. I visualised a future where my dreams became a reality. You can do anything you set your mind to!’

The rising star added that he experienced anxiety during his school days, struggled to pass his classes and was not popular among his peers. 

In 2019, the Perth-born star opened up about his struggles with self-confidence and how he had spent the last few years trying to undo mental damage caused during this youth

In 2019, the Perth-born star opened up about his struggles with self-confidence and how he had spent the last few years trying to undo mental damage caused during this youth 

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