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‘Stranger Things’ Star Jamie Campbell Bower Reveals He’s 7 Years Sober Following Battle With Addiction

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Stranger Things season 4 left us all gripped, and Jamie Campbell Bower’s character Vecna is all the internet’s been talking about.

Be warned, spoilers ahead.

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But now, Bower has made a shocking revelation.

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That he suffered from addiction when he became famous.

Keep scrolling for his story…

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Now, all things Stranger Things have been making headlines lately…

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The 4th season has had everyone shook and the internet has become obsessed with each and every one of the cast members individually.

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The newest season of the hit show has been exciting — to say the least.

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In fact, even the show’s producer, Shawn Levy, announced that the new season was set to impress.

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The team was even more “ambitious” with the script this time around…

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“The Duffers and I want to share season 4 with the world as badly as the world wants it,” Levy told The Hollywood Reporter last year.

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“Season 4 was built to be by far the most ambitious, cinematic, sprawling, and epic season that we’ve ever done.

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“By not just a little — by a lot. So the complexity of Season 4, even before we had the obstacles, hurdles, and challenges of a pandemic, is taking a lot of time because it is super worth the wait.”

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And worth the wait it was.

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According to a leading tabloid, the final 2 episodes of the volume “feel more like a movie.”

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But let’s take a deep dive into the cast, and how they’ve evolved from the start of the 1st season, which premiered back in 2016. 

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When the stars started out in the show, they were all just entering their teens, matching up pretty well with their characters’ ages. But now, they’re aged 17-20, while still playing fourteen-year-olds.

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One Twitter user wrote: “Stranger Things is officially at the point where I cannot tell any of the kid characters’ ages. They all look 16 and/or 26, depending on the shot.”

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Another wrote: “These kids in Stranger Things so old they got crows feet now.”

“Yo the Stranger Things kids be looking old lmao,” a third echoed.

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Let’s start with Millie Bobby Brown.

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Millie Bobby Brown plays Eleven. She was only twelve years old when the show started.

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And here she is now!

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She’s now eighteen years old, playing fourteen-year-old Eleven.

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Noah Schnapp was just eleven when the show started.

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Adorable!

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Now, the actor, who plays Will Byers in the show, is seventeen years old.

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And he’s looking every bit the high-fashion model.

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Finn Wolfhard was thirteen years old when the show began.

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This little cutie plays Mike Wheeler in the show.

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Now, Finn is nineteen years old.

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His character, however, is just fifteen years old.

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14-year-old Caleb McLaughlin joined the cast of Stranger Things back in 2016.

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That smile is to die for!

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Now, Caleb is 20 years old.

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He plays fourteen-year-old Lucas Sinclair in the show.

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Sadie Sink joined the show in season 2.

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She was fifteen years old at the time.

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She’s now an absolutely stunning 20-year-old woman.

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Sadie plays sixteen-year-old Max Mayfield in season 4 of the show.

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And, finally, we have Gaten Matarazzo.

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He was just thirteen when the show kicked off in 2016.

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Now, the star is nineteen years old.

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He plays everyone’s favorite, Dustin Henderson in the show.

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As for the older members of the group…

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As for the older members of the group, Natalia Dyer is twenty-five, but Nancy Wheeler is eighteen.

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Jonathan Byers, played by Charlie Heaton is roughly the same age as Nancy…

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Despite being twenty-eight in real life.

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Joe Keery turned thirty in April…

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But Steve Harrington is just nineteen.

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Speaking about the characters’ age differences, the cast gave an interview with Today, Matarazzo (Dustin) said: “It’s something we’re always thinking about, but it’s something we work with pretty well I think.

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“The characters are at transitional periods in their lives… it’s crazy to see what all of us looked like when we first started.”

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Schnapp (Will Byers) added: “I remember in season two they told me you need to lower the pitch of your voice, you have to speak at a different level and stand shorter, I was like, ‘I can’t do that, I’m not like that anymore.'”

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The second volume came out on July 1.

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Despite everyone loving the original cast, there were some new additions this season, and they’ve left the internet obsessed.

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One character that has undoubtedly stolen the spotlight this season is Eddie Munson, played by Joseph Quinn…

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Joseph is thirty, playing a twenty-year-old.

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From the moment Eddie hopped up on the table in the Hawkins High cafeteria, we couldn’t help but love his devilish charm.

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Sadly, this didn’t last long, and we had to say goodbye to our beloved hero of Hawkins.

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But there was another actor that’s got fans in a spin, and that’s Jamie Campbell Bower.

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He plays the villain, Vecna, otherwise known as Henry Creel.

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And fans were quick to express their love for the man behind the mask.

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Thousands of edits and memes have appeared of Bower online, and it’s clear to see that the internet’s obsession isn’t dying down anytime soon.

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But recently Bower has opened up about something totally unexpected.

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The thirty-three-year-old shared on Twitter that he’s officially 7 and a half years sober.

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He tweeted: “12 and a half years ago I was in active addiction.

“Hurting myself and those around me who I loved the most. It got so bad that eventually, I ended up in a hospital for mental health. I am now 7 1/2 years clean and sober. I have made many mistakes in my life.”

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He became an addict shortly after starring in the Twilight series which began his career in acting.

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Thankfully, after working hard to get himself clean, he is now on the straight and narrow and has shared some advice with those who might be struggling.

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He wrote: “Each day is a chance to start again. Atone for mistakes and grow. 

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“For anyone who wakes up thinking ‘oh god not again’ I promise you there’s a way. I’m so grateful to be where I am, I’m so grateful to be sober. I’m so grateful to be. Remember, we are all works in progress.”

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What an inspiration!

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You can read his post here.

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