Over the weekend the Adelaide Showgrounds got turned Upside Down when star of hit Netflix show Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown landed in Australia for the pop culture convention. Giving fans the opportunity to meet, greet, get photos and autographs. During her Q&A panel fans got to quiz her on her work and here are 5 things we learnt during that session. Obviously this covers answers to questions about Season 2 so ***spoilers ahead***
Is she Eleven or Jane?
In Season 2 of Stranger Things we learnt that Eleven’s real name prior to being abducted and taken to the Hawkins Lab is Jane. Asked whether she refers to her character as Eleven or Jane Millie is quick to reply
“I don’t call her Jane, she will never be Jane to me. She is Eleven or El to me.”
Two of her favourite Stranger Things scenes are from Season 2 …
One of her favourite scenes to work on was the scene with Matthew Modine in the warehouse where she is hallucinating him saying “you have a wound, it is festering” the entire build-up and having to focus was so emotionally taxing that after filming it she had to go to the bathroom and cry for 45 minutes afterward.
Her other favourite scene involved working with David Harbour whom she calls her “grumpy lovely old man”. It was Harbour that suggested during Eleven’s tantrum with Sherriff Hopper, that she slam the door and throw the couch against him as well as smash the bookshelf. A lot of special effects wire rigging went into making the scene work and she’s so glad that Harbour suggested a more aggressive and violent scene be used to show Eleven’s growing power.
Eleven might love Eggos waffles but Millie, not so much …
Through the course of the show we discover that Eleven has a penchant for eating Eggos brand waffles, and they’re probably her favourite thing to eat. Brown however is less of a fan of the doughy goods. Describing in slightly TMI detail about how every take where she has to eat the waffles, she has an accompanying “spit bucket” to basically spit out the semi-chewed waffle-y bits. It’s very Hollywood and oh so glamorous.
Her celebrity role model is Audrey Hepburn ….
For 13 years young as an actress, you’d be surprised to find that one of Millie Bobby Brown’s celebrity influences is Audrey Hepburn. Her style, grace and sensibility are all what Brown aspires for in her career. But Brown also makes a key point in complimenting her fans for providing her with daily inspiration and motivation to work harder. Getting to hear stories of how fans are inspired by her is one of the most moving things and she is constantly grateful for the support and love.
Millie Bobby Brown has big things set in store for her future …
You may not be aware of Millie’s other talents, she’s an accomplished singer and loves to bust out a rap every now and then and her go-to karaoke tune is Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are”. During her panel an audience member requested MBB to rap the Season 1 wrap song so the two of them onstage busted out the rhymes but even Millie couldn’t keep up with her fan.
Prior to becoming an actress she wanted to be a singer but after catching the acting bug she decided to jump headlong into the television and film industry. Her father (who also happens to be her manager) has said that once she cracks 16 she can take up singing professionally, but for now Millie wants to focus on her acting career. However she sees many different roles ahead of her, including singer, model and ambassador with charity organisations such as UNICEF.
You can check out Stranger Things Seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix right now.
Millie Bobby Brown appeared as a guest on the Supanova Comic Con & Gaming tours in both Brisbane and Adelaide.