Millie Bobby Brown has opened up on her experiences in the entertainment industry, discussing the “gross sexualization” she has been subjected to since turning 18.
The actress is best known for playing Eleven in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, which propelled her to stardom at the age of just 12. While she’s now been a recognized actress for years now, having starred in films Enola Homes and Godzilla vs. Kong, she revealed in a new interview that she’s noticed changes in the way people interact with her recently since turning 18 this past February.
Brown told Deborah Frances-White that it opened her eyes to how “young girls are sexualized” in Hollywood and modern society. She said, “I have definitely been dealing with that more in the last couple of weeks of turning 18, definitely seeing a difference between the way people act and the way the press and social media have reacted to me coming of age. In my opinion, I believe that shouldn’t change anything. It’s gross.”
Brown added, “It’s a very good representation of what’s going on in the world and how young girls are sexualized. I have been dealing with that – but I have also been dealing with that for forever.” She recalled attending a red carpet at 16, wanting to go “a little lower” with her dress length, but got “crucified for looking like a 60-year-old.” “What’s wrong with a 60-year-old!?? I think it’s a vibe!” she exclaimed.
“I deal with the same things any 18-year-old is dealing with. Navigating being an adult and having relationships and friendships, and it’s all of those things,” the actress went on to say.
Discussing the backlash she received for appearing in a low-cut dress on the red carpet when she was younger, Bobby scoffed, “I thought, is this really what we should be talking about? We should be talking about the incredible people that were there at the awards show, the talent that was there, the people we are representing.”