FEET ON THE GROUND

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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.”

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