Millie Bobby Brown on Feminism, Finding ‘The One’ and Saying Goodbye to Stranger Things!



Millie Bobby Brown a popular celebrity who got her fame after being the main lead of Stranger Things. While her role as Eleven is widely recognized after the successful hit Netflix series, the actress got recent shocking waves after she announced her fiancé, Jake Bongiovi, through an Instagram post.

She auditioned for Stranger Things and was instantly selected for it.  During one of the interviews she revealed by saying “We’re kids—we talk over each other,” Brown says now. “I was just penalized for overtaking and oversharing and being too loud.” She was accused of, as she recalls it, “trying to steal the thunder” of her cast mates. Grown adults called her “an idiot,” “stupid,” and “a brat.”

“It’s hard to hear that at 13,” she says. “You’re like, ‘I don’t want to ever talk again. I don’t want to be the loud person.’” And so she stopped. “In interviews, I couldn’t help but think of all the comments. So I just remembered to stay silent and speak when I was spoken to, even though I was dying to join in. I just felt it wasn’t my turn.”

Recently, she got the title of Women of the Year. The actress, who is just 19 years old, thanked the people and her fans for supporting her throughout.

“You cannot speak to children that are underage,” she says. “I mean, our brains physically have not grown yet. To diminish and practically stunt someone’s growth mentally, strip them down, tell them, ‘Hey, listen, you don’t look that great. Why are you wearing that? How dare you think you can wear that? How dare you say that?’”

Brown survived by building a fence around her self-esteem to keep public opinion out. “Nobody’s allowed in,” she says. “Nobody can say shit.”

“This is my life, and the only people that are allowed are the people that I open the gate for,” she says. “Other than that, everybody’s out. And yes, it’s sad. There are trust issues. And yes, I have issues with having friends. I don’t have a lot of friends. Yes, I block out a lot of people. I’m a reserved person, socially.”

While talking about her magical love life, it was revealed that she was truly mesmerized when she first met his fiance. During one of the interviews, she revealed, “I have a huge pimple on my face. And I’m going to go on Instagram, and I’m going to see five different girls that look beautiful! Flawless! Stunning! And, okay, slay,” she says. Inevitably, she adds, she’ll find herself “sobbing, because I know, I know I don’t look like that.”

“I think I was so afraid to be a strong woman in a relationship,” Brown says of her past relationships. Being attractive to men, she thought, meant not taking up too much space.

“When I met Jake,” she says, “I just felt I could be loud. He embraced that and encouraged that. And I fell in love with myself while being with him.”

Still, she sometimes wavered. Was she too much? Bongiovi glimpsed it in her too—a doubt about herself.

“You don’t know why I love you!” he told her.

“I was like, ‘Why do you love me?’” says Brown. “And then he listed all these things that I hated about myself. I was like, ‘You see good in those things?’ And he was like, ‘Of course I do.’

“Those are things that I love about myself now,” she says. “He was a really big, huge part of me, loving myself and becoming a woman. It was like, ‘Wow, I love this person because he allows me to love myself.’”

The experience of falling in love with Bongiovi and the intensity of their connection was “bizarre,” says Brown. “He’s so kind. And his heart is just loving and wonderful and smart.” It doesn’t hurt that he’s “tall and blonde,” with “dashing eyes.” Brown sounds infatuated, somewhere between a 19-year-old in 2023 and a 1940s starlet. But she is certain about forever. She never fantasized about a wedding. “That wasn’t my dream,” she says. “My dream was to have a baby.”

She also talked about how she dreams of marriage, especially children. Talking about it, she said, “I wanted to be the woman that my mom is to me and I wanted to be the woman that my grandmother was to me,” she says. “So that was never my, like, intention, to be a wife.

But after meeting Jake and seeing, ‘Oh, I don’t have to be this stereotypical wife for him. He doesn’t want me to be that either. He wants me to go and do my thing and live my life, and he will hold my hand in the process of that.’ I was like, ‘Oh, I do want this.’”

Millie is also known for her feminism and how she empowers women in leadership. She said, the credits for her feminist quality go to her psychic, who detailed her about the word. She went home and researched about women, “How do I know if I’m a feminist?” After reading articles and books, she “really grasped the idea of feminism and what it means to me,” she says. “Ultimately it’s about opportunity.”

The star, who Got her popularity after Stranger Things, has bid goodbye to the series. She said, “When you’re ready, you’re like, ‘All right, let’s do this. Let’s tackle this last senior year. Let’s get out of here,’” she says. “Stranger Things takes up a lot of time to film and it’s preventing me from creating stories that I’m passionate about. So I’m ready to say, ‘Thank you, and goodbye.’”

She further said, “When it ends, I’m going to be able to still see these people.”

The actress is now preparing herself for The Electric State, playing opposite Chris Pratt.

“To be able to go toe-to-toe with Chris Pratt!” she marvels. “It’s a very exciting opportunity that I never thought I’d be able to have, to be able to be treated the same as him and to be looked at and respected the same as him on the set by the production, by the studio.”

Pratt, for his part, was taken by Brown. “In a way, it’s hard to believe she’s so young,” he tells Glamour. “There’s a rawness to her performances. She’s present, capable, and talented, and her process is like shooting from the hip—it takes real confidence. The people who can do it are especially electric.”