Stranger Things Cast’s Real-Life Partners And Net Worth
It’s time to get to know our favorite celebrities more personally! The first season of Stranger Things was streamed on Netflix in July 2016 and since then all the characters have grown up and are now ready for serious relationships.
Who are they dating in real life? Who has the most impressive list of ex-lovers? Who is still single? And also, how much money do they make? How have their salaries increased over time? Who has the highest income? Get ready for the surprises!
Winona Ryder aka Joyce Byers
Despite the fact that she was never married, Winona has had several relationships with world-famous actors and musicians. Yep, on her list of boyfriends, there are celebrities such as Johnny Depp with whom she met at the New York premiere of Great Balls of Fire!, as well as Henry Alex Rubin, Page Hamilton, Christian Slater, Beck, and even Matt Damon.
And we can't forget about the short romances that Winona had with celebs such as David Duchovny and Val Kilmer! So indeed it does sound a little weird - why Ms. Ryder is still not married? Well, this isn't 100% accurate because back in 1992 she was kind of married to... Keanu Reeves!
They both worked on Francis Ford Coppola's movie Dracula where there was a wedding scene with a real Romanian priest who performed a real marriage ceremony from the very beginning till the end. Despite the fact that it was a movie, everything on set was real.
After that episode, Winona even started calling Keanu "husband" while texting him. And Keanu seems to be satisfied with his status. "Yeah, It's awesome," he commented on The Talk. Oh c' mon! You could do worse, Keanu! Anyway, let's get back to being serious. Here's what Ms. Ryder thinks about marriage:
"I'm a serial monogamist," she said in an interview with Net-a-Porter. "I'd rather never have been married than been divorced a few times. When your parents are madly in love for 45 years, your standards are really high. But I've been happily with someone for quite a while now."
Awww... That sounds sweet! And of course, she was talking about Scott Mackinlay Hahn - founder of a Loomstate company that develops environmentally sustainable fashion products. They’ve been together since 2011 and who knows - maybe Scott is THE ONE for Winona?
But financially, Winona is certainly doing fine. When the first season of Stranger Things came out, she was the main star of the show. So it's no wonder it was she who had the highest salary during the first season, which was $100,000 per episode.
For starring in season 2, she got the same amount. But by season 3 her salary had increased to $350,000 per episode! Currently, the net worth of this famous actress is solid $18 million!
David Harbour aka Chief Jim Hopper
Despite his character being a bachelor, who falls in love long time after losing his daughter and getting divorced, David Harbour has a pretty impressive dating history. For example, did you know that he used to be in a serious relationship with 90s movies legend Julia Stiles?
Yes, Julia Stiles, Emmy nominee, who guest-starred in Dexter TV series back in 2010 and who also starred in feature movies Mona Lisa Smile and The Omen. Julia and Harbour’s romance apparently started in 2011 when they both were on the set of Between Us (which was released in the USA in 2013).
They were seen walking together in New York City looking all lovey-dovey during the filming period. But unfortunately, their relationship didn’t last long and it’s not even that clear when they broke up… According to the New York Daily News, they split in 2012 and neither of them talked about their relationship publicly.
David had another short romance with the famous actress Maria Thayer. You may remember her playing a crazy wife in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. They worked together in the 2009 film State of Play and dated till 2011. And there was even a rumor that they were engaged! But just because David Harbour never spoke much about it, we can’t confirm if the rumor is true or not.
He went out in public with American musician and actress Alison Sudol during the 2018 Golden Globes and the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards. Alison Sudol is known for her roles in Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them (where she played Queenie), The Crimes of Grindelwald and the shows Dig and Transparent. They both seemed to be really happy.
In April 2019 Sudol confirmed their relationship, sharing a sweet picture of her and Harbour with the caption: "I love this photograph and the person in this photograph with me and the person who took this photograph all very much." However, Harbour and Sudol split sometime around July 2019.
And in just a couple of months, the Stranger Things actor was spotted in New York hand in hand with none other than Lily Allen! Their captured kiss left absolutely no doubt about David’s feelings towards the British singer. David Harbour and Lily Allen went official last October when Harbour shared this funny and cute picture on his Instagram account.
But the most attentive of Allen’s followers had already noticed it in early October when Lily shared pictures on her Instagram stories of Harbour’s muscular arms with a caption “Mine”. Allen was also spotted accompanying the actor on many occasions, like going to a party and attending a basketball match in New York City.
Their red carpet debut was during the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Moreover, rumor has it that Lily Allen is engaged to David Harbour! The singer was photographed wearing a ring on “that” finger of her left hand.
However, neither Harbour nor Allen has confirmed an engagement. But, if they do eventually get married, David Harbour might become an adoptive father just like Chief Hopper, as Lily has two daughters from her marriage to Sam Cooper.
Harbour and Ryder are among what's called the “A tier”, which give them the highest salaries among the cast members. In season 1 Harbour made $80,000 per episode, which is $20,000 less than his famous co-star. His salary remained the same in season 2, but in the third season, it jumped to $350,000 per episode, which means he made as much as Winona.
Right now, Harbour's net worth is $4 million. Along with Stranger Things, which earned Harbour Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, Harbour also was the leading actor in the superhero movie Hellboy. Unfortunately, the audience didn't respond well to the movie, although we think Harbour did a great job in that role.
Since Harbour is joining the MCU in the upcoming Black Widow movie as Red Guardian, we expect him to make even more! The actor thinks that at this point he's only at the start of his career path:
"I’m only 44. I mean, my best days are ahead and I’m getting more sophisticated in my work. I continue to take an acting class. I continue to get better. I set my sights very high. Anthony Hopkins didn’t play Hannibal Lecter until he was in his 50s. I think there’s so much more in me."
Gaten Matarazzo aka Dustin
And what about everyone’s favorite Dusty-bun, huh? Is Gaten taken as well? On March 5, 2019, he posted the sweetest photo on Instagram and captioned it:
"I can't believe that I've been with this gorgeous girl for an entire year. It feels like our first date was yesterday but it also feels like it's been ten years. I love you so much and I don't think that there is any other way i would've wanted to spend this last year."
That’s right, Gaten Matarazzo went official about his relationship with American actress and musical theater performer Lizzy Yu, confirming all the rumors about their romance that have been flowing around for almost a year. Gaten made a post on his Instagram in June 2018 leaving a clue that he might be in a relationship with Lizzy Yu. The couple probably needed some time before making any public statements.
This young teen has won the hearts of millions! Before Stranger Things, Matarazzo was best known for his career on Broadway as Benjamin in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and as Gavroche in Les Misérables. He started the series with only $20,000 per episode and finished season 3 with a $250,000 salary per episode!
Of course, Stranger Things isn't the only project Gaten is in. The actor will also voice a character named Rami in the upcoming film Hump about a camel who goes on a journey across the Arabian desert. Finally, his sponsorships with major businesses like Verizon Fios and Old Navy could be Gaten's biggest source of income.
You've probably seen him in commercials for these companies because they seem to always be on television. All of Gaten's hard work is paying off because the young star is reportedly worth $4 million!
Joe Keery aka Steve
We've made it to the guy with the best hairstyle in Hawkins! As we saw in season 3, his advice to Dustin was appreciated and he was finally able to find himself a good girlfriend. The actor who portrayed Steve Harrington isn’t only famous for having gravity-defying hair but also for being a musician in the psychedelic rock band Post Animal.
And many girls who are crushing on Joe Keery will be upset because he's also taken… But hey! He seems to be really happy in his relationship with Maika Monroe - a Californian actress that is most known for playing in Independence Day: Resurgence, the indie-horror film It Follows and many more.
We should also mention that Maika Monroe is a professional kiteboarder and not only can she greatly perform in horror movies but she can surf. Hands down she is pretty successful for a 26-year-old! The couple started dating in 2017.
They even appeared sometime later walking on a red carpet together at the premiere of Stranger Things season 2 and two years later at the season 3 premiere. Joe and Maika are a perfect example of a cool celebrity couple, who seem 100% into each other and for what's probably in their best interest - they don’t share too much of themselves publicly.
We don't know exactly how much Keery made for filming season 1 and 2, but by season 3, he and the rest of the “C tier” actors negotiated to a $150,000-per-episode salary, which is certainly not bad, right? Currently, the actor's net worth is $2,7 million.
Maya Hawke aka Robin
Did you know that Maya Hawke is the daughter of cinema legends Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke? And that she has already starred in Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon A Time in Hollywood? That’s right. Despite the fact that she is only 20 years old she already has some pretty cool films behind her back. And she's also a singer. Maya released her first two singles just this August. No wonder she already has a $1 million net worth!
And what about her real-life partner? Most of the Stranger Things fans were hoping to see her together with Joe Keery, but the story went off in another direction... both in the series and in real life. The only thing we know is based on Maya’s Instagram - she appears to be dating Gus Wenner who is the brother of fashion photographer Theo Wenner and a son of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner.
Dacre Montgomery aka Billy
And what about the show’s biggest bad boy Billy Hargrove AKA Dacre Montgomery? Would his female fan’s hearts be broken as well? And the answer is YES! Dacre’s character was in serious trouble in Stranger Things season 3 but while being out of Upside Down he seemed to be fine and enjoying his success together with his girlfriend Liv Pollock.
Same as Dacre, Liv is a native of Perth, Australia and she is known to be a successful model. While Dacre was filming season 3 Liv moved to Atlanta for work purposes and, of course, to support him.
“Moving to Atlanta has definitely made our relationship stronger and allowed us to grow up in many ways,” she said to Perth Now.
When we first saw Billy in season 2, he seemed to be just Max's unpleasant older brother. However, we could feel that something was wrong with the guy. And we weren't wrong as the character had a significant, series-changing role in season three. To prepare for this role, Montgomery did a lot of research on bipolar disorder and split personalities.
He also researched how one personality controls the rest in people with these issues. But all his efforts paid off because now the actor's net worth is estimated at $1 million. Despite being a talented dramatic actor, Montgomery has a plan to utilize his talent in comedy, too.
"Comedy is a very different heartbeat to drama," Dacre explained. "It scares me, and I also feel like it’s a good ego-stripping exercise — I can’t take myself too seriously."
Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton aka Nancy and Jonathan
If you watched both Nancy and Jonathan on screen and was thinking how natural they look together well then we have some great news for you - the actors who portray them, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton, have been actually dating in real life for more than 2 years!
And the most interesting thing here is that somehow they have managed to keep things private. Well, kind of private… True fans are just like serial maniacs - they will start a serious investigation (like FBI level at least) based on Instagram posts alone. That’s what happened with the case of Natalie and Charlie.
It took almost 2 years for them to finally admit that they're in a relationship. They were even caught by a TMZ reporter at the airport with a direct question about whether they are dating or not. Natalie and Charlie shyly went on saying that “whether people are dating or just hanging out they think their cast is just cool with each other like a big family”.
The intrigue ended on October 4th, 2017 as they appeared walking down the streets and holding hands. And sometime later in November, they were spotted kissing. Fans couldn't be happier to finally know that they're together! Both Dyer and Heaton are comfortable working together and dating each other at the same time.
"Because we work in the same industry and have had similar trajectories, we've gone through it together. Sharing that does bring you closer", Heaton revealed in one of his interviews.
It's great to know that they feel so good about each other and support one another on the way to success. And both of them are doing fine financially! However, unlike most actors, Dyer doesn't like fame. The actress gets really embarrassed when people recognize her outside.
“I struggle with the idea of fame,” says Natalia. “I never want to come across as rude or ungrateful. People on the street want to take pictures all the time, and for me, I tend to not take pictures. It feels very exhausting, and you feel like you have to be ‘on’ all the time."
She also tries to avoid social networks. She hasn't posted anything in over a year on Twitter despite being fairly vocal until that point. "The thought of having 3.3 million people looking at all my photos, at the age of 20, would haunt me to an early grave,” Natalia admitted.
For season 1 of Stranger Things, the young actress got less per episode than the child actors, as she was included in the show's "C tier." For season 3’s negotiations, she and the rest of the “C tier” negotiated to $150,000 per episode. Therefore, the actress made a known $1.2 million for filming all three seasons.
But let's also talk about her boyfriend's net worth, which is $3 million. How is he making all that money, you might ask. Well, along with Stranger Things, he also has a role in Marvel's The New Mutants, along with Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy. That's where it's coming from!
Millie Bobby Brown aka Eleven
Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, has a significant role in the show, which means that she has tons of fans who are wondering whether she's in a relationship with anyone. One of the biggest rumors around the Stranger Things cast was about Millie dating David and Victoria Beckham’s son, Romeo. Is there any truth behind this rumor? Let's find out!
After breaking up with singer Jacob Sartorius, Millie seemed to take it really difficult. She even cleaned her Instagram account, deleting most traces of her relationship with Jacob. And sometime after that, she was linked to Romeo Beckham - that is all because she posted a really sweet Instagram story in September, congratulating Romeo on his birthday.
❤️ @milliebbrown pic.twitter.com/IJE7UbFZmZ— Jacob Sartorius (@jacobsartorius) May 28, 2018
They are believed to have met in 2016 at Unicef’s 70th-anniversary gala where Unicef ambassador Brown gave out an award alongside David Beckham. Millie was asked what she would like to see for her Stranger Things character when she replied: "I don’t know. Something with Romeo Beckham." So... Looks like everything is clear here, right?
However, for a long time, there was no official confirmation of their relationship. It was fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham who finally said it to The Sun journalists that the rumors are true. And she added that she's happy for them and totally blesses Millie. As far as we know, she's Romeo's first girlfriend because he has never publicly dated anyone previously.
Before Millie's romance with Beckham Jr., she was noticed to have a touching friendship with musician Drake. The celebs first met before a gig in Brisbane, Australia and they suddenly found out that they were huge fans of one another. They even took some photos on Instagram standing side by side and recreating Eleven's famous power move.
And according to Millie, she and Drake have a lot in common: “I love him. We just texted each other the other day and he was like ‘I miss you so much,’ and I was like ‘I miss you more,’ he’s great.”
Though Millie is only 16 now, who knows what their relationship might turn out to be as she grows up? Especially if things don't go well with Romeo, you know... But besides her dating life, Millie has something else to think about. Like, what to do with her wealth...
Because Brown was the actress who had the most significant raise going into Stranger Things‘ third season. Just like other young actors, she started acting in Stranger Things for a salary of $20,0000. But when it came time for season 3 negotiations, Brown negotiated out of the “B tier” and into her own terms, considering that she had become the series’ breakout star.
Fans certainly loved her as Eleven. We don't know for sure how much she made for season 3. According to some sources, she made $350,000 per episode, which puts her right up there with Winona Ryder and David Harbour. According to other sources, her salary is a bit less, $300,000 per episode.