FEET ON THE GROUND
with fans rather than have them place her on a pedestal.
“Yes. I like having normal conversations and I say [to the fans] politely that if they treat me normally, I will treat them normally,” she says. “That way the feeling is mutual.”
Born in Malaga, Spain, to English parents, her father, Robert Brown, was a real estate broker, and her mother, Kelly, had her hands full raising four children (Millie is one of the middle in the familial hierarchy).
The family moved back to Dorset, England, when she was four, and four years later, they relocated to Orlando, Florida, where she caught the acting bug by attending acting workshops on weekends.
After a talent scout advised her parents that their precocious daughter had what it takes to become a gainfully employed actor, they took a giant leap of faith and moved to Hollywood, where Millie could pursue her dreams. (She now resides between Atlanta, where
and the following year she landed a starring role in the BBC drama After a few guest appearances on shows including and
her fi rst big break came when the Duffer Brothers came calling.
Like many child actors, Brown sounds considerably more mature than your average 15-year- old.
“You probably think that I don’t really have a childhood,” she says, sounding a tad defensive. “But you haven’t seen my life at home. It’s full of baking and burning brownies and cakes,” she giggles.
“I make them with my sevenyear- old sister Ava, who is very prominent in my childhood because I am growing up with her.”
Undeniably engaging and intelligent, it must be said Brown bears little resemblance to many of her brattish peers, who achieve enormous success long before they’re allowed a driving licence.
“I’m not going to try to act like a 25-year- old, I’m going to act like a 15-year old. I love going to the park and swimming with Ava. I have three dogs and a cat that I’m very into. And school is a big factor in my childhood and a big factor in any kid’s childhood. So I am dedicated to my schoolwork.”
Season three sticks to the ’ 80s as a backdrop. For those unversed in the world, the fi rst season focused on the disappearance of a young boy in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, where supernatural events had started happening. Then a mysterious young girl, Eleven (Brown), appeared. Season two set a year later, witnessed the characters’ attempt at returning to normal.
What can audiences expect from the upcoming season? “They’ll get everything they want and they’ll also get everything they don’t want!” she declares. “It’s defi nitely scarier. It was scary even in the read-throughs. I was like, ‘OK, this is freaking me out’,” she laughs.
Though Brown hasn’t been acting for long, she is resolute in her belief that she has found her calling.
“I will be doing this forever; it’s my passion,” she shrugs. “When I walk straight onto that set, I can become my best self.”