Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo Opens Up Living Life With Rare Condition

Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo Opens Up Living Life With Rare Condition

Gaten Matarazzo is one of our faves on Stranger Things, and we’re betting he’s yours, too.

During a new interview on The Doctors, the young actor opened up about living life with Cleidocranial Dysplasia (CCD), a rare disorder that affects the bones and teeth, and how it actually hindered his ability to get roles.

“It’s one of the reasons why I haven’t been getting roles, because of my lisp, and the teeth situation, and my height,” Gaten explains. “That affected pretty much everything. I would go three times a week for auditions and get constant ‘no’.”

But then, Stranger Things came along.

“It really started out when I was stretching in the audition room…I was just (stretches) and they were like ‘wait, wait, wait what did you just do?’ and I said ‘what? I’m stretching’ and they said ‘no, do it again’ and they said ‘Why do you do that? Your shoulders are touching.’ And I said ‘I was born without collar bones.’”

He continues that he “started explaining what it was and how I had a condition from birth that affects my teeth and everything. That’s why I was missing teeth in the first season, and I still have my appliance in right now.”

Gaten also opened up about getting involved with CCD Smiles, a non-profit organization that aims to help others with CCD by building awareness for the condition, offering support and helping fund the cost of the oral/facial surgeries that those with the condition need to live normal lives.

Gaten‘s had two surgeries and four extractions so far.

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