“I’m so humbled and grateful to even be a part of the conversation … it’s just incredible and very overwhelming,” said Millie Bobby Brown, the breakout star of “Stranger Things,” to Gold Derby’s Ralph Galvan last November. We chatted with Brown before she became a winner at the SAG Awards as part of the show’s ensemble. She was also individually nominated as Best Drama Actress opposite her co-star Winona Ryder, though both lost out to Claire Foy for fellow Netflix drama “The Crown.” Watch our Millie Bobby Brown interview above.
“Wait, I have to talk with my face? But how am I going to do that?” remembered Brown on being introduced to her character Eleven on the Netflix hit mystery series. (See the Top 11 moments from Eleven in our photo gallery.) “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, ‘Sorry! I just want lines.'”
Amazingly, Brown only uttered a couple hundred words playing Eleven over the course of “Stranger Things” Season 1. But that left viewers with a lasting impression as the young girl with mysterious powers. The 12-year-old Netflix star 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,” she told us. “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.”
Brown admits it took her until after filming to realize the potential “Stranger Things” really did have. “I live in my own little world when filming,” she confessed. “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.'”
She concludes, “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.” Season 2 of “Stranger Things” will stream on Netflix this Halloween. Do you think Brown will parlay her SAG nomination into an Emmy bid?
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