'Stranger Things' Star Gaten Matarazzo Opens Up About Rare Genetic Bone Condition

Stranger things actor gaten matarazzo bone disease
Source: Getty

Jan. 25 2018, Updated 4:00 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo opened up at the Screen Actors Guild Awards about suffering from a rare bone condition. Click through for details.

Article continues below advertisement
24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Red Carpet
Source: Getty

"I was born with it, it's a genetic bone condition, it affects pretty much every bone in the body, specifically the skull and the jaw, and the clavicle,' Gaten said of his condition, which is known as cleidocranial dysplasia.

Entertainment Weekly Hosts Celebration Honoring Nominees For The Screen Actors Guild Awards – Arrivals
Source: Getty

The 15-year-old added that it was this condition that helped him land his breakout role in Stranger Things.

Article continues below advertisement
American Express x Justin Timberlake “Man Of The Woods” Listening Session at Clarkson Square
Source: Getty

"I was stretching in the audition room, just stretching," he said. Then he demonstrated how his shoulders can touch in the front because of how the condition affects his collar bone.

Gaten Matarazzo
Article continues below advertisement
75th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals
Source: Getty

"They said 'What did you just do?' I said 'What? I'm stretching,'" Gaten continued.  "I started explaining what it was. They liked how I told them about that and once I got the part they said they were gonna incorporate that and kind of use it in a realistic way. They asked if it was okay if the kids in the show had bullied me because of it. I said it's totally cool, it's realistic."

Article continues below advertisement
NBC’s “75th Annual Golden Globe Awards” – Red Carpet Arrivals
Source: Getty

"They wanted to make sure each character in the show was unique," he said, "and they had something that was realistic and personal and made them not cookie cutter."

24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards – Arrivals
Source: Getty

What do you think of Gaten opening up about his condition? Let us know in the comments section. 


Want OK! each day? Sign up here!

More From OK! Magazine

    Opt-out of personalized ads

    © Copyright 2024 OK!™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. OK! is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.