Gaten Matarazzo is an American actor who came to the limelight portraying the role of Dustin Henderson on Netflix’s Stranger Things. He is the host of Prank Encounters and is set to return as Jared Kleinman on Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen.
He made his Broadway debut in the 2011 production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and has appeared in Les Misérables (2014) and Into the Woods (2019).
The actor has brought attention to his personal life with his growing popularity. Here are some of the facts you need to know about him.
His Girlfriend Elizabeth Yu Is An Actress
Gaten Matarazzo is in a relationship with Elizabeth Yu, who is also in the entertainment industry. According to IMDB, she appeared in Somewhere in Queens, playing the role of Amy. What’s more, she is set to appear on Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, where she plays Azula.
The couple started dating in March 2018 and have already celebrated their four years of anniversary. While Matarazzo was a day late to wish for an anniversary this year, he showed his love for his girlfriend on Instagram. The actor wrote:
“Four years? That’s dope. I love you. Thanks for being my best friend. Happy anniversary goob.”Gaten Matarazzo/Instagram (March 5, 2022)
For the past three anniversaries, on May 4, Matarazzo and Yu have recalled their sweet moments. Their candid posts on Instagram also give insight into their romance.
Both of them are not shy to showcase their love for each other. Yu, who is less active on Instagram, shared a high school prom moment of them in May 2021.
Although it’s still unclear how Matarazzo met his girlfriend, he revealed to Esquire that they have been living together in New Jersey with their three cats.
He Lives With a Rare Genetic Condition
Matarazzo lives with a rare genetic condition, Cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD), a birth condition that has mostly affected his bones and teeth.
He has always been open about his rare disease raising awareness among those with the same condition. In January 2020, he underwent his fourth surgery, where the medical experts extracted his 14 supernumerary teeth and exposed his six adult teeth; the actor shared the procedure on his Instagram.
He has also explained that his character Dustin had missing teeth on Netflix’s Stranger Things due to his disorder. Since his appearance on the show, he has raised CCD awareness.
His Salary On ‘Stranger Things’ And Net Worth
Gaten Matarazzo has a net worth of $5 million as an American actor.
He began his career on Broadway before landing a role on Stranger Things. As one of the prominent cast members of the Netflix series, his entitled salary is $250 thousand per episode.
Interested in the acting industry from a young age, Matarazzo marked his appearance by booking a role in The Blacklist (2015). Since then, he has appeared in numerous TV shows such as Drop The Mic (2018), Niclodean’s Unfiltered (2021), and Honor Society (2022).