Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown invented Eleven's superpower gestures

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Jun 14, 2018, 3:41 PM EDT

While Stranger Things may be getting more fun in Season 3, its first and second seasons' intensity is mostly due to a young actor’s gripping and often alien performance.

Millie Bobby Brown’s role as superpowered child Eleven, a girl of few words and even fewer ideas about how normal society works, blew audiences away. Now, thanks to a new video interview, fans of the Upside-Down can glean a few more insights about this definitive character and the actress that brought her to life.

Take a look:

In the clip, the Duffer brothers talk about Brown’s acting abilities when it came to Season 1, and their praise wasn’t just warm - it was illuminating. “What she does with her eyes, what she does with her face, what she does with a certain glance - all of Eleven’s power stuff, which now is kind of famous, the hands, the turn of the neck - this was all designed by an 11-year-old girl.”

That means all the outstretched arms and steely glares, all the choreography that cosplayers around the world imitate to channel the psychic powers of Eleven, came from the mind of Brown. She also speaks about acting against an X (representing where the CGI would be) when having her scream-filled showdown with The Rift. This acting challenge is further discussed by Noah Schnapp, who plays Will in the show and did a similar interview video: