It’s been a helluva year for Millie Bobby Brown. Just last summer, Brown’s performance as the telekinetic Eleven on Stranger Things was beginning to draw buzz, and now, the 13 year-old has her first Emmy nom and is shooting a new potential blockbuster movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. EW caught up with Brown to talk this wild year, her favorite and most challenging Things moment, and what she can say about the highly anticipated season 2.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you watch the Emmy noms live?
MILLIE BOBBY BROWN: My mom didn’t want to have anything to do with it. She didn’t care. So I wanted to kind of be like my mom and not look, but it’s such an incredible achievement.
Do you remember what drew you to Eleven when you read the script?
I think it was the versatility. She can be so vulnerable in a state of innocence and neglect. It was heartbreaking to watch that and also play it. Just to feel not loved and then she meets these boys. There’s so many different feelings in the whole season.
Did you know her full season 1 arc when you initially signed on?
No, I didn’t actually get any insight into the character until we had the read-through. I don’t want to know about my arc. I want to go on set and, in the scene, I want to find out a piece of information I haven’t known and make that an instinctual face. Everything with Eleven was really instinctual. With a character like that, you can’t act like you know what a TV is or a kitchen sink is. Just little things like that made a story line for Eleven.
You have so little dialogue. Is that more challenging to create a full character?
It was definitely very challenging for me to just act. It wasn’t even about the whole expression. It was kind of like a mime. That was Eleven. So it’s so hard for somebody to say, “Can you be sad and angry? And right before the end, we need you to feel light and hope!”
Is there one scene or moment from season 1 you feel particularly proud of?
Absolutely. There was this scene I believe in episode 4 where I had to be carried down a hallway with a bunch of security guys and I was calling to my papa [Matthew Modine’s Dr. Bremmer]. That was the second scene in my entire career where I had to cry. I remember the day so clearly because I was so nervous. I really didn’t think I’d be able to cry. I said to the director, Shawn Levy, “Do you you mind if I go and sit in a room and go and get into my character?” I went into a room and I put my headphones on and it was the day that “Hello” by Adele had been released. So I sat in the room and started crying and I went out and I gave my phone over to my parents.
What can you say about season 2?
I can’t say much, but you will definitely get to find out more about who she is and her background. Season 2 will be darker, and the fans will not be disappointed!
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