Nearly two years ago, at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts tea in Los Angeles, Millie Bobby Brown, who was then only 12, was the sensation of the party. Stranger Things, a clever, supernatural homage to 1980s pop culture, had just become a hit, and her character, Eleven, an otherworldly, possibly alien, androgynous girl with telekinetic abilities and a diabolical stare, was the breakout star of the show. Unlike the misfit Eleven, Brown, who was born in Marbella, Spain, and grew up in Dorset, England, is bubbly, charming, and has a gift for socializing. On the day of the BAFTA event (and at most other ceremonies during the hectic awards season), she was leading her teenage male costars in a kind of nonstop Millie Bobby Brown parade. The four boys, who were dressed in formal clothing that they constantly seemed to be squirming out of, were content to joke among themselves or hover around the buffet, but Brown had other plans. Again and again, suddenly and swiftly, she would round them up and march her posse over to, say, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, or Justin Timberlake. Cheerfully, forcefully, Brown, who was wearing an age-appropriate party dress and strappy sandals, would extend her hand and say, “Hi! I’m Millie Bobby Brown. So glad to meet you!”
She was on a quest to meet her biggest crush, Leonardo DiCaprio, but he wasn’t there that day. Luckily, nearly every celebrity she did meet was a huge fan of Stranger Things and, especially, Eleven. But even if they had no idea who she was, Brown was unfazed: The future was, simply, hers for the taking.
According to her father, Robert Brown, Millie, who is the second youngest of four children (three girls and one boy), popped out of the womb in a confident state. “She’s always been a personality,” he told me during the shoot for this story. Brown, who is now 14, started auditioning for commercials, movies, and musicals like Matilda and Annie when she was 8. Her first job was a commercial for Publix, the supermarket chain. In the audition, she had to hold up some cupcakes and say, “Mom, can I have these?” Afterward, the casting director remarked to her father, “Your daughter is something quite unique.”
“When I got that first job, I knew right away that I was born to do this,” Brown recalled. She is now taller than when Stranger Things debuted, but she still looks the same: curious, hyper-alert, and appealingly wide-eyed. She was wearing fitted jeans and a pink sweater, but was barefoot. “Where are my sneakers?” she asked no one in particular. The entire Brown family has left England and resettled in Atlanta, where Stranger Things is filmed. Brown had just started shooting the third season, after Netflix signed her to a deal for a reported $3 million.
Like every teenager, Brown is umbilically linked to her phone. She has almost 17 million Instagram followers, who closely monitor her every post. When she met Drake in Australia last November, where both of them were on tour (she was promoting the series; he was performing), the musician draped an arm around her shoulder for a picture that went viral. “He invited me to his concert,” Brown explained matter-of-factly. “And now we talk all the time. I ask his advice.” Perhaps he has advised her to use her celebrity to draw attention to certain issues. When she won favorite TV actress at the Kids’ Choice Awards in March, Brown wore a denim shirt with the names of the victims of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting embroidered on the back. “I take my responsibilities seriously,” Brown told me. “I recognize that I have a voice, and I want to use it wisely.”
In 2015, when she auditioned for Stranger Things, Brown had no idea that it would become her launching pad. “I didn’t know anything about it,” she explained. “Every part of the show was top secret. I Skyped with the directors [brothers Matt and Ross Duffer], and we spoke about ’80s movies—E.T., Stand by Me, and Poltergeist. I flew to L.A. for a screen test, and the next day I got the job! I was 11. We did the show, and I went back home to England. I thought, Okay, it’s a little show. What’s next? And then we came to America for the premiere. Three days later, my whole life changed. People went crazy! My followers went up to 1 million in one day. Magazines wanted me. One of my goals was to be on the cover of W, and you see? Dreams do come true.”
After the first season of Stranger Things, Brown signed a contract with Calvin Klein and was nominated for an Emmy and a SAG award, while the show won a nod for a Golden Globe. (Last week she was nominated for a second Emmy.) Time magazine chose her for its Time 100, making her the youngest recipient to garner that honor. “I don’t think I’ve changed,” she said. “I’m not thinking, Oh, I know everything now. I still get nervous. I still get anxious.” That response surprised me: Brown has always seemed so confident. Was this sudden self-doubt part of becoming a teenager? “Maybe,” she allowed. “But I still love parties! Although, even back then at the BAFTA tea, when I met Justin Timberlake, I swear I could have fainted.” She smiled. “Ask me some questions,” she said, deftly changing the subject.
Lynn Hirschberg: Who is your girl crush?
Millie Bobby Brown: Paris Jackson. She’s got great style. She’s like a sister to me. And she plays the piano!
Hirschberg: What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Brown: Amy Winehouse. I was 6. I knew every single word to “Valerie.” My dad wouldn’t let me hear “Rehab”! There were definitely rules. Amy Winehouse was my go-to, but back then I sang “We Found Love,” by Rihanna, in the mornings. It got me going when I had to go to school.
Hirschberg: What’s your favorite Halloween costume?
Brown: I’ve never been very good at Halloween. I play characters all the time, so what’s the point of dressing up as another character? The last couple of Halloweens, I saw a lot of people dressed as Eleven. Sometimes it’s comforting. But it’s also very interesting to see a 40-year-old man wearing the look of my 12-year-old character.
Hirschberg: As a child, what was your favorite toy?
Brown: A microphone that had High School Musical on it. I could sing with Zac Efron! I watched High School Musical every single day. When I met Zac Efron, I could barely speak.
Hirschberg: What is the first e-mail you remember sending?
Brown: I always wanted to be on Ellen, and that was the first e-mail I sent: to Ellen DeGeneres. I explained my life story and how I needed to be on her show. I never got a response. Five years later, I was on Ellen! She found that e-mail and showed it to the audience. Very embarrassing. I had made lots of grammatical mistakes.
Hirschberg: In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, your first film, which will be out next spring, you play a girl named Madison. Was it hard to act opposite a monster that wasn’t there?
Brown: Godzilla was a tennis ball! I was always looking up. My neck hurt a lot, and I had to get dry needling. They stuck a really big, but thin, needle in my neck. Your muscle then spasms, and, eventually, you’re fine. After the dry needling, I had a great rapport with the tennis ball.
Hirschberg: Now that you live here, what do you like best about America?
Brown: I love red Jolly Rancher candy. Cherry. They’re very sour. I’m not allowed to eat them anymore, because they color my tongue. Eleven is odd enough without having a red tongue.
As she stuck out her tongue to show its clean non-redness, Brown had to stop talking: It was time for hair and makeup. Without knowing her affinity for Amy Winehouse, the stylist decided that Brown’s hair should be teased into a version of the messy, high bouffant that was the singer’s trademark. Brown was thrilled. Her father, who was sitting nearby with her older brother watching Liverpool, their soccer club, defeat Roma, was smiling at his daughter’s reflection in the mirror. “You know,” he said, “Millie is all confidence and swagger in the world, but at night, at home, she can turn into a little, shy girl. It’s a side of her that only her family sees.”
As the makeup artist added a cat-eye tilt to her round eyes, Brown stared at the transformation in the mirror. I asked her if she ever felt like a typical restless teenager—did she ever want to go crazy, be rebellious, run away? “I can be rebellious,” Brown replied, carefully choosing her words. “But not so much. I’ve never been grounded by my parents. I’m a very good girl.” She paused. “But I do believe in making noise, in being loud.”
To play Eleven, Brown had to cut off her long hair and shave her head, which is something that would be traumatic for any 11-year-old. Her baldness instantly set her apart from, well, everybody. “The shaved head was a big deal,” Brown admitted. “On the one hand, it was cool. When you’re bald, rain feels like a head massage. I’d walk in the rain, and people would look at me like I was crazy. I’d be smiling—so, so happy to have the water hit my naked head. But on the other hand, people stared at me, wondering whether I was sick. Some would even laugh at me, without knowing whether I was or wasn’t sick. It was hurtful, but their attitude taught me something about compassion. In the end, being bald was the best thing I ever did—being different changed my life. I wanted to embrace my baldness and, hopefully, inspire people. And, now, that’s become my message to the world.”
Millie was at SDCC today promoting Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I can’t wait for this film. They released the official trailer to the film. Check it out below:
“The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah,” the film’s synopsis said. “When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.”
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We got lots of awesome photos from SDCC. I’ve added them to the gallery and will add any more I come across to this post. So be sure to check out the links below. Big thanks to my friends for their donations: Marie, Claudia, and Sara.
I’ve added a handful of photos of Millie from the set of Stranger Things earlier this month. I was hesistant to post these on the site but they seem to be all over the internet now. I don’t like candids but I suppose these are, like I said, on the set of the series and not following her around on her everyday errands and such.
I’ve also added the first still of Millie from Godzilla! So excited to see this film.
This morning the list for the 2018 Emmy nominations was announced. In this list Stranger Things was nominated for several awards including:
Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series
The Crown • Netflix
Game Of Thrones • HBO
The Handmaid’s Tale • Hulu
Stranger Things • Netflix
Westworld • HBO
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
The Crown • Netflix • Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
Game Of Thrones • HBO • Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
The Handmaid’s Tale • Hulu • Alexis Bledel as Ofglen
The Handmaid’s Tale • Hulu • Ann Dowd as Aunt Lydia
The Handmaid’s Tale • Hulu • Yvonne Strahovski as Serena Joy
Stranger Things • Netflix • Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven
Westworld • HBO • Thandie Newton as Maeve
You can view the full list of nominees here. Big congratulations to David Harbour on his individual nomination as well.
Tune in Monday, September 17 for the 70th Emmy Awards on NBC.
Hopefully we get a photo session soon.
I’ve added a handful of new photos Millie for Moncler to the gallery. Enjoy!
Millie Bobby Brown is back on her feet — and dancing to Drake!
The Stranger Things star took to Instagram on Sunday to share the “happiest” health update after splitting her knee cap in June.
Looking super cute in a two-piece denim shorts and top outfit, the 14-year-old actress shared a giant grin for the camera while announcing she was almost healed.
“When your knee is nearly healed and you’re the happiest girl ☁️☁️,” she captioned the pic.
But if the gorgeous photo wasn’t enough to prove she’s on the mend, Brown took a break from filming the hit Netflix series in Atlanta, Georgia, and put her knee to the test with some Drake-inspired dance moves on Monday.
In a video posted on Instagram, she pulled her best moves to Drake’s “In My Feelings,” alongside Stranger Things director Shawn Levy, before bursting into giggles at the end of the clip.
Levy also shared the fun footage on his account.
I’ve added scans of Millie from the new issue of Cool magazine (Canada). Enjoy!
The “Stranger Things” actress took to Instagram to make the announcement.
MONCLER FRIEND: Moncler is no stranger to Millie Bobby Brown.
The Italian brand has revealed that the “Stranger Things” actress — who attended the Moncler Genius presentation in Milan last February — will appear in the label’s upcoming ad campaign. Further details were not available at press time.
On Monday, the actress took to her Instagram account to make the same announcement. The 14-year-old Brown posted a picture of herself wearing a sleeveless, padded black dress created by designer Simone Rocha under the Moncler Genius tag. “Happy to be part of Moncler’s family #monclerfriends #monclerpartner,” reads the caption to the image.
The Moncler Genius project was unveiled earlier this year following the company’s 10-year run of the Moncler Gamme Bleu and Gamme Rouge lines, designed by Thom Browne and Giambattista Valli, respectively.
The new strategy is centered around eight designers, each creating a capsule collection for the brand. The 7 Moncler Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara collection was the first to hit stores last month. The launch was celebrated with a party held at Florence’s Museo del Bargello, during international trade show Pitti Uomo.
The seven other collections, which will debut at retail in the upcoming months, are designed by Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, stylist Karl Templer, Sandro Mandrino, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Noir Kei Ninomiya and Palm Angels’ Francesco Ragazzi.
Brown is not new to ad campaigns: Last year the actress featured in the Calvin Klein by Appointment images shot by Willy Vanderperre wearing a red, yellow and burgundy beaded top over red pants, part of the label’s made-to-measure line.
Don’t expect any Eleven sightings at Monday’s MTV Movie & TV Awards.
Millie Bobby Brown, who stars as the Eggo-loving heroine on Netflix’s Stranger Things, revealed to fans on Instagram Friday that she’s split her kneecap, marking her first-ever broken bone. As a result, the 14-year-old actress is at home resting up and won’t be attending the awards ceremony.
The breakout series is nominated for a total of seven awards this year, including one for Brown’s performance and another for Best Kiss (shared between her and co-star Finn Wolfhard). Luckily, the rest of the Stranger Things crew — Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Sadie Sink (Max), and Noah Schnapp (Will) — will be on hand to accept any awards on the show’s behalf.
“I hope Gaten and Caleb, Finn, Sadie, and Noah have the best time and I love them so dearly,” said Brown in the video. “I wish you guys the best and I’m sending my luck with you, and I’ll be there in spirit.”
Brown won the Best Actor in a Show trophy at last year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, meaning she could be a back-to-back winner if she triumphs in her category this year.
News of her injury comes days after Brown quit Twitter after being made the subject of a variety of homophobic memes. Sometimes posted along with the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown, they falsely attributed hateful LGBTQ comments and quotes to her, leading the actress to delete her account. Brown does have a second verified Twitter account, @Milliestopshate. Though it hasn’t seen activity since December 2017, her social media bio reads: “I want this account to share love and positivity. Let’s stop bullying.”
Penguin Random House will partner with Netflix on a worldwide publishing deal for books based on the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Stranger Things, Deadline has learned.
The first two titles, set for a release this fall, will be a behind-the-scences companion book and a hardcover gift book for young readers.
Those two books will be followed next spring by a Stranger Things prequel novel, written by author Gwenda Bond, about Eleven’s mother and the MKUltra program. Additional titles for both adults and young readers will arrive later in 2019.
This fall’s companion book will be titled Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-The-Scenes Companion. The as-yet-untitled gift book will offer “advice, wisdom, and warnings from the Stranger Things world,” says the publisher.
The Stranger Things books will initially release under the U.S. and British Commonwealth publishing teams of Del Rey Books, Random House Children’s Books, Cornerstone Publishing, and Penguin Random House Children’s UK, with additional territories and imprints to follow.
Audiobook editions will be published by Penguin Random House Audio.
The fall arrival of the first two books might tide over fans of the Duffer Brothers’ supernatural Netflix hit until Season 3 arrives, most likely sometime early-ish 2019. All that’s known so far about the new season is that Francesca Reale, Cary Elwes and Jake Busey are joining the show, that Reale will play a popular lifeguard at the Hawkins Community Pool who becomes the centerpiece of a dark mystery, and that Elwes will portray Mayor Kline and Busey will be Bruce, a journalist for the The Hawkins Post.