Millie Bobby Brown. The Stranger Things phenom’s name alone rings up images of not one but two iconic ‘80s pop artists, so I guess it shouldn’t be that much of a stretch to hear that Brown was a big fan of that most tubular decade, long before she signed on to play Eleven. Still, she was born in 2004.
But what’s old is always new again, and as Brown’s hit show has helped cement, the ‘80s are hip, and the kids dig ‘em. And you know what, kids? There’s nothing wrong with loving that fluorescent bygone era, in fact, such adoration could even land you a job.
Certainly she’s got more talent than most kids (and adults), but as we discovered in a recent interview with Deadline, Brown’s love of ‘80s movies and music sure sounds like it played a part in landing her the gig. After sending in a couple of interview tapes, the creative team (presumably the Duffer Brothers and casting director Carmen Cuba) arranged for them to meet via Skype.
“We didn’t talk about the show once. We actually spoke about ’80s movies and were talking about what my favorite things to do are, and what music I listen to,” said Brown.
They learned enough to know they wanted to meet Brown in person. So they flew her out to L.A., where she entered an office with just one other girl and two boys, one of them being Finn Wolfhard, aka Mike Wheeler.
“I went in with this other boy, and then the other boy left and Finn came in, and I was like, ‘Wow, Finn is way better than the other boy. Finn has to get this job.’ Then, we all got to experiment, and they just thought Finn and I were the perfect match to work with each other.”
Perhaps that’s because they we’re both so well-versed in the show’s tone, right off the bat.
“Yeah, I saw every ’80s movie—Stand by Me, E.T. I’m an ’80s fan and so is Finn, so when we got the job we were like, ‘Oh my God, we know what to do,’” said Brown.
As far as Season 2 goes, and just how Eleven rebounds from last season's finale? The actress remained tight-lipped. Though she did drop some hints.
"I am back, as strong as ever. I am very excited to be back with my family again. Honestly, I’m really excited for everyone to see it. It’s so much deeper and darker than last year," said Brown. “I recommend watching Season 1 again and then going into Season 2 so you really know what everything means, because Season 2 couldn’t be there without Season 1."
And Season 1 couldn’t be there without Brown, who may not have been there without showing some outstanding geek cred! Stranger Things Season 2 premieres Oct. 27, 2017 on Netflix.