Joe Keery Credits His Sister For Pushing Him Into Acting

Caroline played a pivotal role in igniting his passion!

Joe Keery, the actor famous for playing Steve Harrington in the series “Stranger Things,” grew up with four siblings in Massachusetts.

Key Takeaways

  • Joe Keery’s sister, Caroline, played a pivotal role in igniting his passion for acting, encouraging him to join the stage crew in high school.
  • The Keery siblings were raised in Massachusetts under the care of their parents, David and Nina Keery.

The 32-year-old actor (can you believe it?) has four sisters, of whom sister Caroline Keery Whitmore is the most famous.

During his memorable appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” Joe Keery revealed that his sister Caroline ignited his passion for acting.

He said,

“I was probably, like, a freshman in high school, and she [Caroline] was a part of, like, stage crew. And I was gonna sleep in and skip and just miss the stage crew thing, but she was like, ‘Come on, get up,’ you know, and sort of brought me along. Got me into it, yeah.”

Interestingly, Caroline said that if this acting thing worked and he went to the Jimmy Fallon show, he should take her with him.

Fallon was amazed at the prophecy and thanked her for shaping the path for her brother, saying, “Caroline, we thank you.”

In her personal life, Caroline Kerry is a kindergarten teacher at River Valley Charter School.

Moreover, she is a married woman who tied the knot to Alex Whitmore and has two children.

In the same interview, the actor said,

“My other sister, Lizzie, came with me, and we went and did some press in Italy.”

This makes it clear that his other sibling’s name is Lizzie, but Keery’s other sister’s names are unknown.

Details Of His Parents

Joe Keery was born to parents David and Nina Keery on April 24, 1992, in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

His dad owns Keery Design, LLC, and he studied at Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Likewise, his mom is the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massachusetts Bay Community College.

In addition, Nina is the principal academic administrator for all Liberal Arts programming at the College.

She has a Masters degree from Virginia Tech in English/Composition and Rhetoric (1986-1988).

In Case You Didn’t Know

  • Joe Keery graduated from the Theatre School at DePaul University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.
  • He has dated actress Maika Monroe in the past.
  • Keery was a member of the psychedelic rock band “Post Animal,” and was known as Djo.


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