Stranger Things' Dacre Montgomery Goes Undercover on Reddit, YouTube and Twitter

On this episode of "Actually Me," Dacre Montgomery, 'Stranger Things' Billy, goes undercover on the Internet and responds to real comments from Twitter, Reddit, Quora, YouTube and more. Are his abs in Stranger Things drawn on? How do you pronounce 'Dacre'? Watch season 3 of Stranger Things on Netflix now.

Released on 7/12/2019

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Starring: Dacre Montgomery

Transcript

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Hi, I'm Dacre Montgomery,
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and I'm going undercover on the internet.
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This is Actually Me.
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[keyboard typing]
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Seriously, it's actually me.
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First up, Twitter.
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McMarypants says, How many times a day do you watch
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Dacre Montgomery's audition for Stranger Things?
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I haven't watched it.
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I've seen various clips when we've
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been doing press and stuff,
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but I haven't really re-watched it.
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There's a lot of other ones there that are
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on private on my Vimeo account that I
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wouldn't want to see the light of day.
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[whistle notification sound]
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My mother after seeing Dacre Montgomery's abs
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in Power Rangers: 'Are those drawn on?
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No, they're not.
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I spent a long time training before
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I came to Canada to shoot the film.
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But I can tell you that they're
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only like that during shooting,
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and I smash out about another 20
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pounds on as soon as we wrap.
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[whistle notification sound]
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I like chocolate, just smash it.
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I don't drink, I don't smoke,
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so it's like, that's my vice.
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I guess, right?
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I saw Dacre Montgomery's doppelganger
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working at New York Fries today.
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Or was it actually Dacre and he
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decided acting wasn't working out.
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Are you okay buddy? How's it going?
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Can I get a veggie works?
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All the New York Fries references just went over my head,
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I'm sorry, 'cause I'm not from here.
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But I will say that you never know how
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long you are gonna have what you have,
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and I'm prepared to go back to being a barista next year.
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I'm always prepared, I did it for many years.
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And I'm just lucky to be having an opportunity
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right now to do something I love.
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[whistle notification sound]
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Oh, fuck this shit.
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[laughing]
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Ah yes, the Shrek.
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Mate, you know how many times a day I get this?
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So, Dacre Montgomery as Shrek in a live action,
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like the human Shrek, ya?
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Look, I'm down for it.
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I just don't know if I would do justice to Shrek.
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Wait who's the voice, Mike Myers?
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[Producer] Yeah.
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Who's the voice of Shrek?
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[Producer] Yeah.
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Then as well, I'm like,
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I can't compete with Mike Myers.
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It's Mike Myers, I'm not gonna do that.
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Yeah, no I'm not gonna do that.
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Dacre Montgomery as Red Hood slash Jason Todd.
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He would perfectly bring the evil acting to
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the character as shown in Stranger Things.
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I don't know, I feel like I'm at an interesting point
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where I'm enjoying seeing the universes
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come to an end and other ones begin,
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but I would really love to play outside
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of the world that's so prominent,
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I guess, in cinemas at the moment.
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Which is just origin stories of
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amazing superheroes that we love.
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I'd love to dive into a different world that we don't know,
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that we aren't kind of given a lot of,
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both in television format and cinema.
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Superheroes growing up, I don't know.
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I didn't have anything in particular.
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You know, I remember as a kid,
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I had all the action figures,
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like He-Man and that blue guy from X-Men,
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the wolf guy, I forget his name.
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Nicholas Hoult, yeah, Beast.
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But I didn't really have any specific,
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I was more kind of interested in interior design
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and kitting out my room and all that sort of stuff.
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I was strange kid.
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About two years ago I went and did an interior
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design internship in a shooting break in LA,
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which was amazing and it kind of opened my eyes up
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to this whole other world of sourcing fabric,
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figuring things out,
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and figuring out how spaces would work.
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And I'm really interested in lighting,
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and how that affects our mood.
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I don't wanna get too Kanye on everyone here,
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but I definitely think it has a big impact on us.
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And yeah.
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[whistle notification sound]
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Instagram.
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How_very says Any chance the Mindflayer
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stabbing Billy through the chest four times,
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like, didn't kill him? Asking for a friend.
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I keep saying this.
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It's like obviously the portal, I guess,
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to the Upside Down is closing at the same time,
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so you think, oh,
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because that's being cut off,
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that's why the monster's dying.
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But in our discussions that was partly it,
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because Billy is the predominant host for that creature.
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In killing him, in stabbing him,
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is how very sorry about we are,
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it does kill itself.
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Which I'm assuming is that what they mean?
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And you don't have to ask for a friend,
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you can just ask me.
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So meanqueenbean says What is this.
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Yes, that's a good question.
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[laughing]
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So I have a podcast that I'm doing which comes
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out in two days, holy shit.
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Let's just say my advertising campaign to promote it
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has been a little bit, uh,
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not off brand but I think confusing for most people.
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I started collating my beat poetry about ten months ago
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that I've been writing for the last few years.
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And I built it into six tracks and then I reached out
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to musicians all around the world to compose scores,
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and I narrate my poetry.
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So I'm very nervous, it's very personal,
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it's very close to me.
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I'm kind of excited for everyone to just hear what this is,
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and hear what it's about.
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The DKMH podcast comes out July 11th on all platforms.
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Dacre Montgomery, how would you feel about a
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second Power Rangers movie if possible?
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That's a really good question.
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My biggest thing is I learnt a ton on that movie,
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so I would be happy to jump back into it,
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and secondly, that cast is like my family,
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and we've all gone on to have amazing opportunities,
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so I'd love to reunite with everyone.
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But I don't think it's going to happen.
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I'm sorry.
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YouTube.
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Why is his American accent better
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than mine and I'm American?
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That's very flattering but I spent
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a lot of time working on my accent.
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One thing that I did learn going through
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is that the Americans have I guess what
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is called a Rhotic R.
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So like, as opposed to we wouldn't
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pronounce the R in most things,
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like part, paht of,
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American's go heavier on the R, like part.
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I think as any actor or anyone would say,
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you sort of still hear flaws, subtle flaws.
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There's one point in season three
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that I still cringe at when I'm watching.
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There's a moment in the scene in the sauna
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when I smash through the window,
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and I'm yelling at my younger sister Max,
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and I think it's one of the only times that
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there's just like an expletive in the show,
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and it was so Australian.
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So Australian.
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IMDb.
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Ah yes, very good.
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[laughing]
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We'd be doing parkour on my high school roof;
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we'd get in trouble but I was never a reckless kid.
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It's kind of an oxymoron there.
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It's because it sounds like I'm reckless,
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very reckless.
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Yeah we did a lot of jumping around the school roofs,
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the amount of times I should have
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broken my legs and it never happened.
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But yeah, I was a hugely adventurous kid,
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and even though school was tough for me I always found
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ways to kind of climb around things and do stuff.
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I was that kid that would do enough that I'm not gonna,
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like, crush my genitals on a pole.
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Or like, yeah.
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So based some of my performances as Billy in Stranger Things
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on my own experiences being bullied in school.
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Yes I certainly did, I was bullied pretty badly in school.
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I was a really big kid and um,
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but I think more so than anything,
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what I've been talking too is finding empathy for the bully.
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Because we all have insecurities,
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it wasn't just me, and as I always say,
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I got to go home to a good family environment,
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and I'm sure most of the people who were
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antagonizing me didn't, so yeah.
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I am descended from Charles the second of England,
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who was King of England, Scotland,
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and Ireland from 1660 to 1685,
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and King of Scotland, from 1649 to 1651.
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This descent is through Charles' daughter,
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Anne Lennard, Countess of Sussex.
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Actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie
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are also descended from Charles the second.
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Yep, that's all correct.
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My mum's family are the Barret-Lennard's.
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So if you see here Charles' daughter,
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Anne Lennard, I'm assuming that's the connection.
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But I think my name was originally Celtic and then French,
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and there's sort of different derivatives,
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I guess, of that. Yeah.
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More Twitter.
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So much Twitter.
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A Goose Named Keith says,
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how does one pronounce Dacre of Dacre Montgomery?
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So in Australia,
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this is getting back to the Rhotic R
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that I was speaking about before,
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so Dacre is just acre,
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like five acres to the next farm let's say,
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the unit of measurement, acre.
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So we say acre and in America generally,
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I'm sure I'm wrong in parts, but people say ayker.
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So Dacre would be dayker.
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So that's just the translation.
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And then Montgomery is the most standard name you can have,
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so it's a nice coupling.
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Iconic spiderman says,
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Dacre Montgomery, my Australian man,
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can you please drop that skincare routine?
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Thanks in advance.
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Look, I don't know,
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I don't really have a skincare routine.
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I would just say that my parents always told me
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don't get too much sun, and yoga is good.
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Hot yoga.
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just sweat it out and you will be glowing,
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like the in between of my eyebrows is glowing,
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like a bowling ball.
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The fact that the loml, Dacre Montgomery,
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is from Australia just amazes me.
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I mean which part of Australia is he from again?
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Is there a city of hot men here,
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where Dacre, Brendan Thwaites,
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and the Hemsworth brothers are from?
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Love it, well,
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the Hemsworth brothers are from one
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of the most beautiful places in Australia,
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which is Byron Bay.
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It's just south of the Gold Coast,
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and I have friends from there and we
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go out and hang out there a lot.
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It's a gorgeous part of the world.
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But I am from Perth, which is on the West Coast.
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It's one of the most isolated capital city's on the planet,
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and it's absolutely beautiful.
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Fudgekat says, Can you think of a name
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more elegant than Dacre Montgomery?
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Well I'm sure there are many,
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many names more elegant than Dacre Montgomery,
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and I will not claim to have the most elegant one.
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Fudge Kat's a great name, I'm down for it.
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Well, that is it I guess.
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So I'm going to sign off, thank you.