Millie Bobby Brown is back – though she never really left – and this time she’s adding “director” to her resume.
Today the stranger things the star speaks to CHARM via Zoom to discuss her latest project: a coming-of-age short film examining the psychological impact of becoming a woman in the public eye. Naturally, Millie has a starring role (along with aerial gymnastics – yes, really) in the film, but she’s also taken on the responsibility of, you know, directing the whole thing – with a little help from her brother, Charlie Brown. , who filmed it all on a Samsung Galaxy S22.
As part of her directorial debut, Millie enlisted the help of six-year-old actor Honey, who portrays a younger version of Millie – perhaps before the cross-pressures of fame and femininity are placed on his shoulders?
Millie said CHARM all about her motivations for directing the film, talking to us directly from her hair and makeup chair, as she prepared for yet another day of filming another upcoming project. It certainly created an unusual setting – at one point she was wearing a bare skullcap, at another her blonde hair was elaborately braided around her head.
She didn’t seem to mind, in fact – judging by our whole conversation – we’re not sure that anything baffles Millie Bobby Brown…
Hi Milly! Congratulations on your directorial debut! One of the main themes of your film is childhood and growth. How did that feel to you as someone who’s been in the public eye from such a young age?
I was definitely nervous because my story is complicated and it’s not like the ordinary kind of childhood. There are a lot of stories to tell and I wanted to tell it properly. So I thought it would be important to bring this young girl [Honey] to show how I was before my fame and how I got it, as well as who I am now.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would say wait. You are going to have a crazy ride! Try to remember who you are, not the people around you. People come and go in your life and they can influence it negatively and positively.
Realize that the only person you can hold on to is yourself, and don’t get lost in that. Because it’s so easy, in this industry, especially at a young age. I took the big bucks. I always wanted to be an actor. I always wanted to be in stranger things. These were the things I wanted. But there are things I didn’t ask for.
Some of the things I found more difficult were people criticizing my body, who I am, the kind of person I am…if I talk too much. Things like that – I didn’t ask for those things. They do cyberbullying. And those are the things that I wanted to show in the film. And I also talked to Honey about it, you know, she’s six, but I said, what you have now is so important…and enjoy every moment. Because those things you can’t get back. It’s not depressing. It’s just that these things are hard to recover.
What was it like working with a little version of you?