Stranger Things is on of the hottest shows on Netflix this summer. My son Josh, just binged watched the entire first season in less than two days. Here are some fun facts about 13-year-old Gaten Matarazzo who plays Dustin on Netflix’s newest series,Stranger Things


1. Gaten is also credited as having starred in an episode of the mystery crime series,The Blacklist. If you're unfamiliar, the series also stars James Spader!


2. He may be new to the silver screen, but he’s got a lot of experience on stage! According to Matarazzo's mother, Heather, he toured with Les Misérables in 2013 and appeared on Broadway in the same show from March 2014 - March 2015.


3. According to, Matarazzo’s Stranger Things character, Dustin Henderson has a medical condition called Cleidocranial Dysplasia in the series.

In real life, Gaten actually suffers from the same condition. Cleidocranial Dysplasia typically affects the development of clavicle bones and teeth, according to Gaten’s Instagram page is full of photos of him showing off his pearly white falsies!


4. When you work with young actors you have the risk of running into problems, specifically puberty problems. According to, Gaten’s voice changed so drastically over the course of production that the sound team wasn’t able to use him for additional dialogue after filming wrapped.


5. The 13-year-old is a huge sci-fi fan! He told that he was super excited to learn he got the role for Stranger Things, since it’s “right up his alley”, and even mentions his all-time favorite movie is the Star Wars series!

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