“Wait, I have to talk with my face? But how am I going to do that?,” remembers “Stranger Things” breakout star Millie Bobby Brown on being introduced to her character Eleven on the Netflix hit mystery series. In our recent video chat (watch above), she adds, “I’d always try and add lines like in rehearsal and they’d be like ‘Millie! Why are you speaking’ and I’d be like (laughing) ‘Sorry! I just want lines.'”
Brown only uttered a couple hundred words playing Eleven throughout the eight episodes of the first season of “Stranger Things,” but left viewers with a lasting impression as the young girl with mysterious powers. The 12-year-old thespian says she’s used to working with a lot of dialogue so having to be silent led to a lot of takes while filming: “I definitely broke character. It was something I just couldn’t hold in. I’m constantly serious in the whole show and it was so hard to see everybody else have so much fun and tell jokes and run, and I’m running but I’m constantly silent. I’m crying all the time, blood is trickling down my nose and I’m killing a ton of people.”
Though she says she did think the program would be good, she admits it took her until after filming to realize the potential it really did have: “I live in my own little world when filming. I wake up at six in the morning and don’t think of anything else but work. So at the time I didn’t think it was going to be big but I didn’t think it was going to be bad, I just didn’t think of it. It wasn’t until we all had our own premiere at the studio we all sat together and I thought ‘Wow … this show is going to be big.'”
Brown herself has become a big presence this TV season and thanks to her breakout performance she’s not only added a legion of new fans, but some big time awards buzz. She currently leads our Golden Globe TV Supporting Actress odds at 23/10. Of that possibility, she says, “I’m so humbled and grateful to even be a part of the conversation … it’s just incredible and very overwhelming. All I want to do is love and enjoy acting and to have fun, which is what I’ve been able to do, so just to be a part of having anything to do with the Golden Globes is pretty incredible.”
Though awards watchers know young actors aren’t always the taste of award show voters, the Globes have recognized several young actors 16 and under. The list in recent years has included Roxana Zal (“Something About Amelia,” 1985), Fred Savage (“The Wonder Years,” 1990 and 1991), Claire Danes (“My So Called Life,” 1995 winner), Frankie Muniz (“Malcolm in the Middle,” 2001 and 2002), and Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense,” 2000). And Brown is hoping to be next on that list and not stuck in the upside down world of snubs.
To find out what Brown called a “pinch me moment,” what it was like working with Winona Ryder, and what her reaction was when she found out President Barack Obama is a “Stranger Things” fan, watch our exclusive video chat above.
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