Joe Keery has revealed he and Stranger Things co-star Joseph Quinn have developed a real-life bromance after appearing alongside one another in the hit Netflix series.
Keery, 30, may have been booted out of the younger cast’s group WhatsApp chat, but it seems he’s more than content with friends his own age – having developed a firm friendship with Quinn, 29, who plays Eddie Munson.
The two characters grew closer as friends after Eddie was introduced in season four, and it seems the same can be said for their off-screen counterparts.
Speaking to UNILAD, Keery said he has a ‘bond for life’ with Quinn after shooting together during the pandemic.
When asked if he was as close to Quinn in real life as the two characters, and whether or not the pair still caught up and hung out, Keery replied instantly: “Oh yeah, absolutely. Yeah, Joe's the man.
“We spent a lot of time together, obviously, when we were shooting - and especially because it was during the pandemic, for the most part. So that's a bond that will be there for life, for sure.”
As for how he felt when he found out Quinn’s character died, Keery admitted he felt pretty gutted – but mostly because he wouldn’t be able to hang out on set with his pal anymore.
“I don't really remember what my reaction was,” he said.
Joe Keery and Joseph Quinn during filming Stranger Things 4 pic.twitter.com/08ObD8sHGy— best of joe keery & joseph quinn (@bestofjoes) July 9, 2022
“I was bummed though. It was probably just because I enjoy spending time with Joe, and he's a good presence to have around.
“But I gotta say, if you're gonna die it's a pretty good way to do it - very Boromir of him. I don't know if you're a fan Lord of the Rings, but it reminded me of Boromir's death."
As for his own character’s fate for season five, Keery said he trusted the show’s creators, the Duffer Brothers.
“I just have faith in what the brothers want to do,” he said.
“They've they haven't led me astray... so far.”
In the meantime, however, Keery has plenty on his plate with his music career, having recently performed at Lollapalooza under his solo banner, Djo.
He is now also due to release a second studio album, Decide, which is a follow-up to 2019's Twenty Twenty.
"I just turned 30, and so it has kind of lined up with the release of this record," Keery said.
"And I think a lot of the songs touch on getting older and saying goodbye [to] this sort of young adult part of your life. It also was written over a pretty long period of time - I'd say, from the end of 2019 until now - so that it's been a couple of years coming."
Discussing dream collaborators, Keery said he'd love to work with the 'legend' that is Jeff Lynn of Electric Light Orchestra, whose sound he grew up with, and even Kate Bush - although he admitted he'd never listened to her music until 'Runnin Up That Hill' was used for Max's iconic moment in season four.
But there was also someone even closer to his heart that he'd love to team up with - his eyes lighting up as we mentioned guitar-shredding Quinn as a contender.
Keery replied: "Yeah, if he'd let me! Yeah, for sure. I'd definitely love to."
He added with a wry smile: “Well, I'll chip away at him.”
Djo's new album Decide is released on 16 September.
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