Stranger Things Star Compares Dustin Henderson To His New Movie Character

Exclusive: Gaten Matarazzo says that doing comedy film Honor Society was a new kind of challenge after his role as Dustin in Stranger Things.

Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo says that working on Paramount+’s Honor Society was a far cry from his years playing Dustin Henderson on the Netflix show. Honor Society follows Honor Rose, a high school student hellbent on getting into Harvard no matter the cost. When her plan to get a recommendation letter from her guidance counselor proves to be harder than she thought, Honor’s mission to eliminate the competition eventually finds her falling for Michael Dipnicky (Matarazzo), one of the other students being considered for a letter.

Before Stranger Things, Matarazzo began his acting career on the Broadway stage in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He went on to join the cast of the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Tour as Gavroche before landing his first role on the small screen in a single episode of NBC’s The Blacklist in 2015. The following year, Matarazzo exploded into the public eye as Dustin in Stranger Things when the series premiered to critical acclaim and instantly became a worldwide phenomenon. While Stranger Things season 4 has since become the second most-watched series ever on Netflix, Honor Society marks Matarazzo’s first live-action feature film.

In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Matarazzo opens up about the unique challenges that came with playing Michael in Honor Society. While Stranger Things allows him to flex his comedy chops for a show that’s consistently dark and serious, working on Honor Society was quite the opposite. Read Matarazzo’s full comparison of Dustin and Michael below:

Exclusive: “What’s interesting is that Dustin is a much more comedically-driven character in a project that’s not really driven by its comedy. And I think Michael [in Honor Society] is a character that’s not necessarily driven so much by his knack for comedic timing in a movie that is driven through comedy … That was a really different vibe, trying to match those tones up. Because you’re trying to dial something back when the surrounding people around you are bringing the comedy forward. I’m used to doing [the opposite] on Stranger Things, so that was really interesting. But it was a lot of fun.”

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Exclusive: Gaten Matarazzo says that doing comedy film Honor Society was a new kind of challenge after his role as Dustin in Stranger Things. Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo says that working on Paramount+’s Honor Society was a far cry from his years playing Dustin Henderson on the Netflix show. Honor Society follows Honor Rose,…

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