Joe Keery has gained widespread praise for his role as Steve Harrington in the Netflix series "Stranger Things" and for how the character has evolved from a school bully to a protective babysitter in the past three seasons.
Since the show's fourth season debut, Keery's name has been trending on social media. Before "Stranger Things," he appeared in many films and TV shows, including "The Charnel House" in 2016 and the "Empire" series in 2015.
Despite his popularity, Keery has kept his love life completely secret, but no matter how hard he tries, his devoted fans have discovered the identity of his lady love. Get to know the actor's girlfriend, Maika Monroe.
Joe Keery arrives at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
WHO IS MAIKA MONROE?
Monroe stated that when her mother was pregnant, she preferred the names Dillon and Maika, but she chose Dillon. The actress said she insisted on being called "Maika" since she was a kid as she likes it over her real name.
Monroe wanted to be a professional freestyle kiteboarder before she became an actress. She began kiteboarding at 13 and relocated to Cabarete, Dominican Republic, at 17 to pursue her sport.
Although unable to pursue her sport, she developed a passion for acting. She's also an emerging fashion icon, with nearly 200,000 Instagram followers admiring her stylish aesthetics and cool outfits.
Monroe made her acting debut in the 2012 thriller "At Any Price," which stars actor Zac Efron. She earned the title "scream queen" after starring in horror films "The Guest" and "It Follows." Monroe said of people who love watching horror flicks:
"I mean, I just remember as a kid there's something so much fun about [being scared]. I think the reason why people go to the movies is to feel something, and feeling terrified is a feeling that most people hopefully won't feel otherwise."
After "The Guest" and "It Follows," Monroe starred in another horror film, "Watcher," in which she portrayed Julia, an American woman who relocated to Budapest with her boyfriend, actor Karl Glusman's character Francis.
Before Keery, Monroe previously sparked dating rumors with actors Liam Hemsworth and Taylor Lautner.
HOW LONG HAVE MAIKA AND JOE BEEN TOGETHER?
Keery has been dating Monroe for nearly five years. They met at a party in Los Angeles in 2017 and began dating, subsequently revealing their relationship at the season 2 premiere of "Stranger Things."
In 2018, the two even appeared in the movie "After Everything," in which Monroe played the character named Mia. Keery acted as the actress's disastrous date she found on Tinder.
Although the lovely pair keeps their relationship private, the "Slice" actor and his girlfriend have attended several award events and premieres together in the past.
Before Keery, Monroe previously sparked dating rumors with actors Liam Hemsworth and Taylor Lautner. Despite earlier flings and relationship speculations, fans are delighted that Monroe and Keery's relationship remains strong.