Rags to Riches: Millie Bobby Brown

Tessa, Saints and Leaders

At almost 14 years old, Millie Bobby Brown has audiences of all ages up on their feet after landing the role of Eleven on the sci-fi/retro themed Netflix series, Stranger Things. Having this opportunity opened up many doors for the young actor and her role in this show led her to fame she never expected. She has also built an impressive fashion resume and went on to model for IMG Models shortly after Netflix released the 1st season of Stranger Things.  Her career is skyrocketing and it wouldn’t be a surprise if she went on to become one of the most successful young ladies of 2018.

Millie Bobby Brown met an initial mind block in her life when she was very young, unsure of what she wanted to pursue and how to approach her goals.  Millie had always wanted to be an actress ever since her first role on a TV advertisement. Just recently, Brown has landed several guest roles on popular shows including Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, and she starred as Alice in the Once Upon a A Time spinoff.

Her family went great lengths to get her where she was today. In fact, the Browns moved back and forth from the UK to the US multiple times, and in the process, almost went broke. They were struggling so much that at one point they had to borrow money from Millie’s manager.

“I was devastated. I wasn’t getting work. I thought I was done,” Millie told Daily Mail. She went on to explain how most of the casting agents said she was “too mature” and “too grown up” for any roles they had looked into for her. Shortly after, Brown landed the role of Eleven in Stranger Things; A curious little girl with telekinesis.

In addition to her family’s sacrifices, Millie has also made individual sacrifices to take on the role of Eleven. She buzzed all of her hair off and had to learn how to convey many emotions through facial expressions alone since Eleven has a very small amount of speaking lines in Stranger Things. This is one of the reasons the casting directors had trouble casting Eleven. She had to express deep emotions through facial expressions instead of words, and she needed the confidence to rock a now iconic buzz-cut.

Millie also has several other talents that she was more than happy to share on social media and during interviews. Despite being only 13 years old, she has golden vocals, ones she has been sharing ever since she was seven years old. She is a role model for girls of all ages, and even adults could look up to her as she has taught the world something no other little girl could teach us. Millie has shown us strong interpretations of maturity, courage, self confidence, and friendship.

If there’s one role that includes a little girl with telekinesis in a retro-themed TV show, we all know that Millie is the girl who can pull it off.

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