Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has recently opened up about the not-so-nice side of growing up in the industry. As the young beauty revealed, there's been a "gross" change in treatment she's received online ever since her 18th birthday. Here's what she had to say for herself.
Scoring the lead role of Eleven in Netflix's Stranger Things at such a young age, Millie Bobby Brown is no stranger to the spotlight. Being the young and talented actress she is, the British actress was even named the youngest on Time's 100 most influential people in the world list in 2018. Again, no stranger to the limelight. However, as the actress's legal birthday approached, the Internet picked up on an inappropriate "NSFW" Reddit forum, which was eventually banned, counting down to her 18th birthday in February. From this, the conversation began surrounding how young female stars are mistreated from a young age and sexualized as they get older.
Millie addressed the upsetting reactions while appearing on The Guilty Feminist podcast with Deborah Frances-White and Susan Wokoma, explaining she deals with "the same things any 18-year-old is dealing with: navigating being an adult and having relationships and friendships." She added, "The only difference is that obviously, I'm doing that in the public eye." Being 18 is stressful enough, so we can't even imagine going through that challenging phase in the limelight!
Coming of age "can be really overwhelming," Millie continued on the podcast. "I have definitely been dealing with that, more within the last two weeks of turning 18. Definitely seeing a difference between the way people act and the way the press and social media have reacted to me coming of age." The Enola Holmes actress expanded on the public reaction to her transition to adulthood, saying, "it's gross, and it's true," and she has "been dealing with that for forever." Brown admitted, the "last few years haven't been easy," with all the inappropriate and inaccurate comments she's seen, and that regardless of her turning 18, it "shouldn't change anything." That's right, girl, you tell 'em.