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Millie Bobby Brown was targeted by adults when she was just 13: 'Brat, stupid, idiot!'
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Millie Bobby Brown was targeted by adults when she was just 13: 'Brat, stupid, idiot!'

Millie Bobby Brown was targeted by adults when she was just 13: 'Brat, stupid, idiot!'
Photo: © ANP

Millie Bobby Brown has revealed that adults targeted her for verbal abuse when she was breaking through as a star on Stranger Things.

We first saw Brown's character Eleven in 2016 when Stranger Things debuted on Netflix. The character, and all of her friends, have gone through so much as we approach the epic conclusion with season five which will premier in 2024.

When we first met Eleven back in season one, we witnessed a shy, haunted child who somehow gained supernatural powers. We now know this was partly due to experimentation conducted at Hawkins National Library.

Brown was known for being bubbly and talkative in interviews alongside her pals around that time, but that led to her being called things like an "idiot", "stupid" and a "brat".

"We're kids - we talk over each other," she told Glamour.

"I was just penalized for over-talking and oversharing and being too loud.

"It's hard to hear that at 13," she added. "You're like, 'I don't want to ever talk again. I don't want to be the loud person.' In interviews, I couldn't help but think of all the comments. So I just remembered to stay silent and speak when I was spoken to, even though I was dying to join in. I just felt it wasn't my turn."

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Stranger Things (2016-2024)

In the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, twelve-year-old Will Byers mysteriously disappears, leaving his mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) devastated. Will's group of friends come across a mysterious girl known as Eleven, who has supernatural powers.

Developed by: Matt Duffer and Ross DufferMatt Duffer and Ross Duffer
Stars: Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Finn Wolfhard


The actress is determined to use her experience to try and protect younger people in the industry now so that they don't suffer the same abuse.

"You cannot speak on children that are underage," she insisted.

"I mean, our brains physically have not grown yet. To diminish and practically stunt someone's growth mentally, strip them down, tell them, 'Hey, listen, you don't look that great. Why are you wearing that? How dare you think you can wear that? How dare you say that?'"

As well as her role in Stranger Things, Brown is known for starring in Enola Holmes and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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