Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo Goes Undercover on Reddit, YouTube and Twitter

On this episode of "Actually Me," 'Stranger Things' star Gaten Matarazzo goes undercover on the Internet and responds to real comments from Twitter, Reddit, Quora, YouTube and more. What happened to Barbara in Stranger Things? Does Gaten play an instrument? Watch season 3 of Stranger Things on Netflix on July 4.

Released on 7/1/2019

Transcript

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Hi, I'm Gaten Matarazzo
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and I'm going undercover on the internet,
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this is Actually Me.
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[gentle piano music]
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I mean, you may not believe it, but it's actually me.
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Twitter.
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I haven't watched Stranger Things yet,
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please convince me.
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Well, no matter how old you are,
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it's pretty much got something for you,
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if you're a kid, a lot of kids in it,
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there's teenagers in it, there's adults in it,
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there's a lot of cool different themes,
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there's romance, horror, thriller, comedy.
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It's pretty much a love letter to the '80s,
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so if you like '80's cinema and '80's music, pop culture,
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clothing style, I recommend you watch it.
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If you don't like it, then that's too bad.
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Submit.
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Wikipedia.
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Gaten John Matarazzo III,
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it's actually Gatano John Mazarazzo III
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began his career on the Broadway stage
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as Benjamin in Priscilla Queen of the Desert,
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and as Gavroche in Les Miserables.
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Those are my two Broadway credits that I've had,
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before I did Les Mis on Broadway,
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I did the national tour of Les Mis,
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also playing Gavroche
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and I also did a national tour
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of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
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and I was in with the Rockettes are, it's really cool
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and I played a character in that, which was a lot of fun,
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also named Ben, Ben seems to come up a lot.
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Greets fans with, Yo, dudes, oh,
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yeah, I did that for a while,
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I wanted it to to be like a catchphrase thing
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and then I was like, I don't need one of those,
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that's a little bit cheesy and campy.
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Anytime my Mom posts on my page,
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she still puts, Yo, dudes,
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I'm like Mom, I don't say that anymore,
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I don't say that anymore, Mom, I'm cool now.
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Quora.
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What happened to Barbara in Stranger Things?
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Barb's dead, Barb's dead, yeah, she ain't coming back.
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If I wanted to audition for a new season
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of Stranger Things, how would I go about it?
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I couldn't tell ya, I literally have no clue.
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I think that the most important thing
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is to first get representation,
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I think that's really important
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or else it's gonna be really hard
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to get auditions or get jobs as a whole.
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Alright, we're gonna go next, Reddit.
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Hey, how kid-friendly is this show?
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What age would you consider appropriate?
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I don't consider it kid-friendly.
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It's not necessarily the scariest,
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but there are themes in it, there's a lot of swearing,
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there are little bit of adult references,
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there's some kissing.
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Boom!
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YouTube.
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But how do they study?
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I go to public school at home in New Jersey,
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I'm so glad that I do.
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When I'm working like I am right now,
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when I'm off doing other things, I have a tutor
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and I make sure that I keep up with my schoolwork at home,
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but whenever I'm home, I'm always at public school,
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I think it's a great way, it keeps me grounded
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and it keeps me in touch with all my friends from home
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and it really is great.
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Instagram.
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Oh, girl, what are you doing?
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Is that the cat you guys used in Stranger Things?
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This is my cat, her name is Buttercup,
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she's the love of my life.
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Buttercup here is mainly like a white coat
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and I believe she's half Maine Coon
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and half American short hair
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and Mews the cat is an all-orange tabby,
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so it's a little bit different,
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you could put 'em side by side
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and you'll clearly see the difference.
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Does Gaten play an instrument?
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No, I don't, I started with guitar for like a day
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and I started with piano for like a week,
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I didn't stick to 'em.
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Where can I find your music?
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It's neither on Spotify or Apple Music.
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Yeah, it's not, I apologize, it will be eventually I hope.
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One of our songs, Dream Eater was played on the radio
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once, which is cool, it was really, really cool.
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Dustin is gonna die?
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Yeah.
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Even more Twitter, there's so much Twitter.
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#StrangerThings spoiler theory:
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anyone notice the demogorgon toy had two heads?
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The monster and Eleven were two of the same.
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Well, the demogorgon has always had two heads
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even before Dungeons and Dragons,
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it's actually a character that's been used, I believe
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in a lot of Greek mythology or Roman mythology
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and it's come up a lot in different forms
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and I think every time the demogorgon's been mentioned,
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it has that duality about it,
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a troubled monster that doesn't wanna do bad
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and just ends up screwing things up
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and then the counterpart,
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which is completely evil and destructive
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and there's those clashing minds
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and maybe it adds up to Eleven being the good
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and the demogorgon being the bad,
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but I think it was just a cool name
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for a monster that was from D&D that they liked,
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that the boys wanted to call, just 'cause it was familiar.
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I wouldn't say it's a spoiler or a theory,
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I'd say that it's probably just a cool thing to dwell about.
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I watched ET for the first time last night,
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does anyone else think
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it's a total Stranger Things rip-off?
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There's a lot wrong with this question,
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ET is from what, '83?
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Stranger Things started in 2016,
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so no, that wouldn't be possible.
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It definitely took inspiration,
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there's a lot more elements that I think
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are a lot darker and different than ET,
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but to say that ET's a rip-off of Stranger Things
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is just not true,
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'cause that doesn't add up on a timeline of life.
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Alright, thanks, internet for all your questions,
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I hope you enjoyed the video.
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I'll see y'all soon, I said y'all, ew!