Despite having thousands of fans cheering for Millie Bobby Brown, it can still get a little bit lonely for the young star. Growing up in front of the camera has its cons and pros and Millie being a child star transitioning to teenage roles now has experienced it all. In a recent interview with Allure, the 18-year-old opens up about her struggle with self-identity and fame.
Millie Bobby Brown felt misunderstood and lonely
Eleven was her breakout role, but she had appeared on countless other shows before Stranger Things happened. The actress explained that she liked playing different characters because it helped her not think about herself. She always felt too mature than the rest of her peers, and always felt the odd one out in a room. But stepping into others’ shoes helped because she felt like people understood her character even if they didn’t relate to the person Millie was.
“Going back to what I said earlier about being kind of very lonely in who I was and feeling like no one was quite like me in school and no one was as mature as I was, [hearing that] was really hard because I thought [maturity] was a good thing.” she shared.
She always knew she was mature but didn’t know how to be otherwise. While she considered her maturity a good trait a casting director had told her otherwise. But that is exactly what helped her bag the role in Stranger Things.
The teenager went to therapy to deal with the constant attacks online
As soon as she found fame, she quickly became a victim of online trolling and bullying which led her to check into therapy. She struggled with nasty rumors, death threats, and sexualization at a young age for years.
The teenager tried to become a different person every day to appease the crowd, but it didn’t help. She explained her struggle by saying, “So it’s like, ‘What do they hate about me? ’Cause I don’t know who I am.’ It’s almost like, ‘Okay, I’m going to try being this today.’”
Hence, now Millie Bobby Brown stays off social media completely and continued to work on herself, healing, as she recognizes there’s much work to be done. What do you think of Millie’s tumultuous journey to success? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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