"Stranger Things" fans have declared their love for Barb, and Eleven is undoubtedly super badass, but I personally just can't get enough of Dustin. Let's be real: The entire cast is ridiculously amazing, and choosing a favorite is no easy feat. But Dustin speaks to me on many levels. He's funny, sincere, loyal, and is constantly thinking about food. 

The actor who plays him, Gaten Matarazzo, is equally awesome — and he's a fan favorite with the show's viewers too. If you're not already obsessed with Matarazzo, here are 13 reasons why you should be.


He's authentic AF.

Matarazzo has cleidocranial dysplasia, a condition which mostly impacts his bones and teeth, and which has rendered him primarily toothless. In most of his Instagram photos you'll see him with fake teeth, but he's not afraid to be completely real about who he is. In this pic, he showed off his smile with the caption, "Just letting you guys know. These are fake teeth. ???? #toothless." Silence, haters.


He's got the most angelic singing voice.

I was caught off-guard by a kid choosing a "Les Miz" song to sing at a karaoke party, but of course it makes sense considering he starred in the show on Broadway. Truthfully, Matarazzo could have sang "Happy Birthday" and I would have been blown away. 


He's relentless in the pursuit of his dreams.

He first auditioned for "Les Misérables" when he was seven years old, but didn't get the part. But when you have a dream, you don't give up. He kept auditioning year after year and finally landed the role of Gavroche when he was ten.


He loves his fans.

Now, every time he's stopped for a photo, he asks his fans for a photo of them in return because "they mean as much to me as I mean to them." I cannot handle the sweetness.


He tries to spread positivity wherever he goes.

With all the fanfare that's come with his breakout role on "Stranger Things," Matarazzo has gained a lot more attention on social media. That means a whole lot of love, but unfortunately some hate has also come his way. He addressed negative commenters by asking his fans to keep things positive.

"I want my page to be super happy and it can't be that way with negative hurtful comments. Sometimes a picture is just a picture. Thank you to those who spread kindness and positive vibes, maybe some other people could learn from your actions and kind words! I love all my fans and I'd love it even more if you all spread love to each other. 


Because he's basically just like Dustin in real life.

And he has the quiz results to prove it.


He has a heart of gold.

After the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub, Matarazzo shared a sweet message in honor of the victims. He wrote, "I know that it's late but I have to recognize the people that were killed and injured that night in Orlando. Pray for them and their families. I am terribly sorry to all that were affected by the terrible and brutal attack."


His participation in the #RunningManChallenge brings pure joy.

Wait for it...wait for it...Alright we see you, Gaten!


He's an animal lover.

Of course he is. There's nothing this kid could dislike.


He knows who he is.

No question about it.


Because this is his FIRST headshot.

And if you don't squeal in delight at this photo, you may need to check your pulse because it is oozing cuteness (plus, his mom took it). 


And finally, he does not take a damn thing too seriously.

And for that, he's completely won us over.