Millie Bobby Brown is unrecognizable with longer hair
In just one short year, teen actress Millie Bobby Brown has become a household name thanks to the Netflix sci-fi drama Stranger Things. She plays Eleven, a mysterious young girl with a shaved head and a whole lot of secrets.
Of course, much has changed since Stranger Things premiered in 2016. Included on that list: Brown's signature hairstyle, which has evolved so quickly and so dramatically, you might not even recognize her today.
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Brown had to endure the grueling process of shaving her head to play Eleven. In an essay for Entertainment Weekly, the show's creators, the Duffer Brothers, described the moment as a "pretty dramatic scene."
"When the day of the haircut finally arrived, Millie's mom brought out a camcorder, while her dad ran away with tears in his eyes, unable to watch," the Duffer Brothers wrote. "It was a pretty dramatic scene. But also very quick. Within 10 minutes we had shaved it all off and slapped a fake '11' tattoo on Millie's wrist. Millie looked at herself in the mirror, gave her best Furiosa scream—and Eleven was born." Brown later shared the moment on Twitter.
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Speaking of Furiosa: it was actually Charlize Theron's heroic character in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) that gave Brown the courage to shave it all off.
"When Millie auditioned, she had long brown hair down past her shoulders. But Eleven was written as having hair 'buzzed almost to the scalp.' Millie and her parents were understandably hesitant to chop it all off. Would it look ugly? Would it cost her other roles?" recalled the Duffer Brothers in an essay for Entertainment Weekly. "Fortunately, Mad Max: Fury Road was about to come out, so we pulled out a magazine photograph of Charlize Theron as Furiosa and showed it to Millie. 'Charlize looks totally badass, right?' Millie agreed; Charlize looked badass. And that was it: She agreed to buzz it all off."
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Her mother's reaction was hilarious
Brown's mom reacted rather, um, maternally to Brown's new 'do.
"It took me 11 years to [grow out my hair], so [my mom] was like, 'You are not cutting it! That's it! You're not doing it!' And I was like, 'Mom, I have to!" Brown revealed on This Morning. "And when I did, she looked at me, and [was] like, 'Oh my goodness. Come on. Let's put some wigs on!"Camille Grammer opens up about cancer diagnosis
"But she loved it by the end of it," Brown added.
Brown previously discussed her family's reaction in a 2016 interview with People magazine, saying, "I reacted to it quite fine, it was my mum that didn't react very well. My dad reacted fine, but my grandfather…nope! Everyone was saying, 'No,' but I didn't. My friends didn't want me to do it either, but my best friend told me I should definitely do it."
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As the millions who have already binge-watched Season 2 of Stranger Things will tell you, Eleven's hair takes on a curlier, more punk-rock look this time around. The mini-makeover, Brown said, allowed the show to add a bit more humor to a mostly tense and scary series.
"I think that Eleven's hair storyline goes really funny, and it's a very funny storyline," she told Entertainment Tonight in October 2017. "We're very excited for it."
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With a keen sense of style, Brown is already becoming quite the fashion maven on the red carpet. And yet, because she's still very young, her looks have to go through a series of approvals that heavily involve her family.
"Everything I wear has to go through every person on my team," the 13-yer-old told InStyle in 2017. "It has to go through my mum first. If she approves, it'll go to my agents, and then, obviously, the last stop is my dad—and if he doesn't like it, then I'm not wearing it. It's as simple as that."
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Brown looked nearly unrecognizable when she showed up to the Season 2 premiere of Stranger Things in October 2017 with a dramatic and much-longer hairdo. According to Entertainment Tonight, Brown's jaw-dropping look was influenced by hair extensions and her desire to "do something different."
"My amazing hair stylist, Blake, he's so incredible and I feel like we wanted to do something crazy and creative, and I feel like we accomplished that," she said.
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She has her sights set on Broadway
Now that Stranger Things has turned Brown into an Emmy-nominated superstar, the young actress already has her sights set on the future. Among the things she wants to accomplish: a stint on Broadway.
"A musical would be next on my list," she told Variety in 2017, adding that she'd love to do a show like Matilda. She said her desire to get on the stage was inspired by her co-stars, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, both of whom have done high-profile musicals. "They told me their schedule, and I was like, whoa, that's crazy," she said. "But that's why I would like to. I think Broadway's such a tough kind of routine."Meghan’s first event: the verdict
She's gunning for the big screen
In January 2017, it was confirmed that Brown would join the cast of Lionsgate's Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), opposite A-listers Kyle Chandler, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins.
Brown told InStyle that filming the big-budget epic gave her a crash course in the differences between shooting a movie and a TV show. "I had the time of my life, but it's very different," she confessed. "The other day we did 75 takes for one scene, and for Stranger Things we sometimes do it all in one take, so it's very interesting."Pretty Little Liars star sentenced to jail
She's even thinking about college
Even though she's barely a teenager, and her acting career is hitting the stratosphere, Brown admitted to InStyle that she's already prepared to head to college–if the timing is right. "You know, I'm just a 13-year-old like any other 13-year-old, so I just plan on living my life and take it step-by-step," she said. "Hopefully, in five years' time I will be in college. No, let's say eight years…unless I get a really good movie. Then it's, 'See ya, college!'"
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Hollywood can be a fickle place. One day, you're at the top of the food chain, and the next, you're at the bottom of a discount DVD bin. Brown seems to have a healthy grip on reality. When discussing her future on Stranger Things, she told Variety, "I would like five seasons, but maybe that's just being me because I don't want the show to end ever. But I'm realistic. I'm realistically saying season four, but I hope to go on through season five."
If by Season 5, she means Season 20, then yeah. We're totally with her, too.