Millie Bobby Brown recently spoke about her struggles with social media, identity and mental health as a child growing up in the spotlight.
“It’s really hard to hate when you don’t know who you are yet,” the 18-year-old “Stranger Things” star told Allure in a September cover story interview.
And then you start closing in because you’re like, ‘Who should I be?’ Who do they need me to be theirs? “
“Then I started growing more, and it really helped my family and friends. It helped me to be able to understand that I didn’t need to be anything they said I needed to. I just had to develop myself. That’s what I did.”
Although Brown appeared on “NCIS,” “Modern Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and other shows prior to 2016, her role as eleven on “Stranger Things,” which she landed when she was just 12, is what It led to its rise to worldwide fame.
In the six years since, Brown has faced scrutiny, harassment, sexual harassment, and accompanying phishing.
As a result, she did not use social media on her phone, and deleted her Twitter and TikTok accounts. Its only active social media platforms, Instagram and Facebook, are run by someone else.
The only way she communicates directly with fans is via blog posts on her website. She said he was protecting her because no one could comment.
Although there are many downsides to its fame, Brown also embraces the positive aspects of its platform and reach. Along with her other on-screen work, including her titular role in the upcoming “Enola Holmes 2”, she has a rapidly growing beauty brand, Florence Bay Mills, and serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
“Of course, people can look at it as stressful or intimidating, but I think that’s the most exciting part of my job,” she told Allure. “People are all looking at me, ‘What are you going to say, Millie? I will say, ‘Young girls deserve an education. Young people everywhere deserve equal rights. [You] You deserve to love the people you want to love. Be the people you want to be, and achieve the dreams you want to achieve. This is my message.”