Joe Keery is an American TV/ Movie actor & Musician. Steve Harrington in Stranger Things, Cole in Molly's Game, Jackson in Slice, Chris in Shotgun.
Joe Keery was born on 24th April 1992 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States. His father David Keery is an Architect and mother a English professor.
Video: I'm not Smart- written, played and recorded by Joe Keery.
Image: Joe Keery with sisters
Joe Keery's Siblings
Caroline Keery(Born 1990)
Joe Keery(Born 1992)
Lizzy Keery(Born 1996)
Emma Keery(Born 1998)
Kate Keery(Born 1998)
Image: Joe Keery with girlfriend Maika Monroe
Joe Keery: Facts & Trivia
Stranger Things: He practiced the role of Steve Harrington in Stranger Things for about 6 weeks without knowing if he has got the role. He practiced swimming because the character demanded it, but when he actually went to the sets he found out that the swimming scenes were cut out. He originally auditioned for the role of Jonathan, he liked Steve's character and auditioned for it. His Mom thought Steve was kind of a jerk though.
Joe Keery & Gaten Matarazzo are good friends off the screen.
Five Siblings: He has 4 siblings, he is the 2nd of the 5, he is the only boy among 5 siblings. He apparently had to watch lot of girl movies while growing up.
Hair Style: He gets his crazy hair from his parents, his dad wanted him to have his hair cut, but Joe likes it long. His mom has thick hair, while dad has poofy hair.
He has worked at a restaurant
Waited tables at a burger restaurant(DMK Burger Bar, Lakeview)
Funny incident: When he was working as a Pizza delivery boy there were no mobile phone maps, he was using old maps and talking to a customer on phone finding it difficult to find the place, the customer was getting grumpier by the minute, when he finally found the place and gave the pizza, the customer handed him a piece of paper which read "Pizza delivery is not for you", That is when Joe decided to quit the job.
Maudslay State Park: Joe attended performing arts & Theater at the Maudslay State Park
Joe started acting in the High School on his sister's insisting. He has acted in Plays such as The Pajama Game(Prez), Emma(Mr. Knightley), Dangerous Liaisons(Vicomte de Valmont).
String of Auditions: Joe went through 100s of auditions for roles without much luck, Stranger Things changed things for him. It gave him the major breakthrough (he has acted in other projects previous to that)
Commercials: Joe has appeared in commercials for- Amiibo(Nintendo), Domino's, KFC.
Joe Keery the Musician: Joe is a musician as well, He was a guitarist in the Chicago based psychedelic rock band Post Animal [Facebook page]. Dalton Allison, Jake Hirshland, Javi Reyes, Matt Williams, Wesley Toledo are the Other members of the band. Joe also writes songs, handles drums and sings. As of January 2018 he is no longer associated with the band.
Cool Cool Cool: Joe has previously released music under the musical name 'Cool Cool Cool'
Screen Actors Guild Awards(2017): He won the 'Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble' award along with the cast in 2017. The cast received a nomination again in 2018.
Joe Keery has similar looks to actor Ben Schawrtz, but not related in any way. In October 2017 they made a video together for VISA, where they acted as each other's doppelganger. [Link]
Favorite Hangouts in Chicago:
Brooklyn Boulders Chicago (Workout)
Ten Cat Tavern(Drinks)
Osmium Coffee Bar
Red Line train(Lunch)
His Hair secret routine: Get up in the morning, have window down if you are driving, do not wash your hair as much as you want. (He doesn't use any shampoo or conditioner in specific, it is just a gift)
Once he was invited by a few people to a bar on Instagram, Joe and his friend went there and hung out for a while.
He wears Ray-Bans when he is outside.
Favorite Scene: Walking down the train track with Gaten Matarazzo(who plays Dustin) was one of Joe's favorite scenes in Stranger Things
I'm Not Smart: Joe wrote, played and recorded the song back in 2013
Joe played a gay character in Henry Gamble's Birthday Party(2015), he is straight in real life though, he has a girlfriend.
Favorite Guitar: He owns a Getch Corvetter 1967 made up of Mahogany which he loves. He also likes playing American Stratocasters, Gibson b25.
Advice for aspiring actors: The most important thing I have learned is- Be prepared when the time comes, make sure you have all the tools in the kit and can capitalize when the opportunity comes.
Ancestry: His family is mostly from Ireland (with some German down the line) he suspects the surname must have been changed from O'Keery or O'Kerry.
He got a twitter account in late 2016, his sister helped him.
Dog Fight: David & Joe both love the dog that belongs to one of the makeup artists, they have been posing with it and posting pics on their social media, a cute battle.
Young Hollywood: He is a card carrying member of Young Hollywood
Place to visit: Great Wall of China
Joe Keery: Quotes
Jeans are very tight in lot of ways, in places you might not want them to. Nowadays jeans are like baseball gloves, they stretch everywhere.
Newburyport will always be a part of my life, It is a great place to grow up, traveling away and living in Chicago has only made me appreciate it more.
I feel lucky to have the opportunity to get paid to do something that I love.
Learning your lines is just the tip of the iceberg, acting is about being prepared & ready to collaborate once you get on set.
Do enough preparation and hard work so that when you are in the right moment at the right time, you can be in the right frame of mind to relax and be yourself
[About characters in Stranger Things] Everyone thinks they're the hero in their own story
Chicago is a place where actors can live and be without becoming narcissists, it's very hard to live in Los Angeles and not become a narcissist.
[About role in Stranger Things] I'm really blessed to be on the show, just after my acting school, I was nobody a week ago, but to be recognized so widely is crazy.
I just don’t have hair-care regimen, It’s just my genetics
In order to do what is best for the ones you really love, you have to put yourself in the backseat
Just knowing what you need is a very important part of the job.
Kids dressing as my character for Halloween, some fans doing art work on my character are like the coolest thing ever, It will never get old.
I was a little bit of a boss while growing up, I troubled my little sisters.
I think it helps a little to be a bit nervous.
Dancing is a little awkward, it becomes more fun the less you care.
I was a bad High School student, I was not a dummy or anything, I was just bored all the time.
I'm good at making an impression in person than if asked to write an essay.
It is a fun thing to compete, I'm pretty competitive.
I do like all Boston sports teams.
Joe Keery: Filmography
Beef(2019): He acts in the role of Chad in the Comedy Drama directed by John Stalberg Jr. created by Jeff Lock , it features Timothy Olyphant, Jai Courtney, Joe Keery in the cast.
Slice(2018): He portrayed the role of Jackson in this Horror movie directed by Austin Vesely with actors- Joe Keery, Paul Scheer, Zazie Beetz in the lead cast.
Shotgun(2018): He portrayed the character- Chris in the Comedy movie directed by Hannah Marks, Joey Power starring Maika Monroe, Gina Gershon, Marisa Tomei in the lead.
Molly's Game(2017): Joe played Cole in the Biographical Crime Drama directed by Aaron Sorkin , cast included Jessica Chastain, Kevin Costner, Idris Elba
The Charnel House(2016): He played the role- Scott in this Horror Thriller movie directed by Craig Moss with Nadine Velazquez, Makenzie Moss, Callum Blue in the lead cast.
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party(2015): He played Gabe in the Drama movie directed by Stephen Cone featuring Joe Keery, Cole Doman, Elizabeth Laidlaw in the cast.
Stranger Things(2016-): He acted as Steve Harrington in this Horror Fantasy Drama TV Series with stars- Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder playing important roles.
Empire(2015-): Joe appeared as Tony Trichter III in this Drama Series featuring Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Terrence Howard in the cast.
Sirens(2015): Joe appeared as Scenester in the Comedy Series , it has Michael Mosley, Kevin Bigley, Kevin Daniels in the lead cast.
Chicago Fire(2015): Joe played Emmett in the Drama Series , it was produced by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, it features Monica Raymund, Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney in the cast.