Millie Bobby Brown: Her Incredible Rise From Rags-To-Riches

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She recently became famous for having telekinetic and psychic powers on the hit supernatural drama series, Stranger Things. A year on, she has filmed the second season for Netflix, become the new face of Calvin Klein and is worth a staggering $5 million. This is the incredible rise of Millie Bobby Brown.

Living Her Dream

Millie Bobby Brown, originally from England, moved to Los Angeles with her parents and three siblings to live out her dream of stardom and become a talented actress in the world of Hollywood.

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Becoming The Icon Of The Moment

Achieving her Hollywood dreams in the most spectacular breakthrough role starring as Eleven on Netflix’s most popular series, Brown has gone to have quite the success in a very short space of time. As one of the leading stars from the series, she is also making her way around the world promoting the second season of the smash hit. It is no surprise then that fashion designers are calling for Millie Bobby Brown to be showcasing their latest couture pieces.

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Life Is A Little Different These Days

While doing her promotional tour and visiting Good Morning America after the release of Stranger Things’ second season, she wore a $1,700 Gucci navy mini dress with red and white details, with matching Gucci shoes which cost around $1,300. Quite the outfit for the young teen, especially since Brown has not always had the most lavish lifestyle, nor donned the most lucrative of outfits. In fact, when she moved to America with her family to live her dream, the family were unsure if they could even afford food and rent.

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Nearly Gave Up Hope

In 2015, the family even moved back to England having accepted defeat after Millie failed to secure a huge acting role and returned almost penniless. While Millie’s parents made the sacrifice for their third child when a talent agent convinced them to move to Los Angeles stating that Millie was a ‘natural,’ it seems that times got too tough for the family to hang on to any hope. That all changed on their return, however, when Millie got the call to say she had won the role of Eleven.

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A Family Affair

Having moved to Atlanta, Georgia, for the filming of Stranger Things first season, Millie’s whole family joined her and have remained by her side ever since. In fact, ever since landing the role as Eleven, Millie’s parents and siblings have become heavily involved in her stardom and lifestyle. Her elder sister Paige assists her on set, her parents both gave up their jobs to accompany Millie while she travels during her promotional duties, and her elder brother Charlie manages her Twitter account.

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It Has Not Always Been Easy

Before becoming known worldwide as Eleven, and her family giving up everything to help Millie live out her talented career, life was a far cry away from traveling the globe, her $5 million fortune, and being the latest fashion guru. In fact, Millie was living on hand-me-downs from her elder siblings and explains that when her parents sacrificed everything to move to Hollywood, life for the family during this time “was very hard. There were a lot of tears along the way.”

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Times Were Rough

After moving back to England and having to live with their aunt because they had no money, a devastated Millie thought this was it, and her dreams were shattered. Meanwhile, the 12-year-old at the time was unaware of what was coming her way. After appearing in small roles for shows such as NCIS, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy, it was time to audition for the role on Stranger Things. Of course, she nailed it, but things still weren’t looking hopeful beforehand.

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Her Raw Emotions Helped Her

Just before her audition for the much-anticipated role as Eleven, Millie met with a casting agent who had a few words for Millie. Millie recalls, “She said I was too mature and grown up. She made me cry.’ However, later that day, she states, “I had to cry in the audition. My emotions were so raw, I hit it out of the park.” This was the birth of Millie Bobby Brown playing the role of Eleven, and things have only been looking up for the talented star.

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Things Took A Massive Turn

Fast forward two years and things are very different for the Browns. After all, their daughter has broken the internet and has achieved success some actors only see over a long career. Meanwhile, Millie, still in her early teens, is on the top of writer’s lists to be cast in their next big project. This, of course, comes at a big price, since Millie is already rumored to be making $30,000 per episode for Stranger Things, with the sum sure to grow with the growing popularity of the show.

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The Sum Is Getting Even Bigger

She has landed another big role, however, in the film Godzilla: King Of Monsters. Having already filmed the movie, which is set for release in 2019, it is rumored she was paid an upfront fee of a staggering $1 million, of which she will be awarded over triple the amount if there will be a sequel. Meanwhile, a further five percent of the merchandise profits from the film will be heading Brown’s way, increasing her sum even more. Not bad for someone who is just starting out in the business.

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Her Limited Amount Of Lines

Although there is no doubting Millie Bobby Brown has taken on the role as Eleven in the most magnificent and talented way, it may be a little surprising to hear of how many lines she had in total during season one. In fact, the talented actress had only 42 lines during the hit series’ first season. That still proved to be enough to showcase her incredible acting skills alongside acting out Eleven’s supernatural powers. She does confess she does have more lines in season two.

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Keeping Her Feet On The Ground

It is important that the young teen is still treated her age, however. While she may be making more money than most people her age, she is still yet to complete high school, and even attend college. While Millie may be one of the most in-demand actresses of the moment, Millie’s father does not ignore his daughter’s young age and has stated, ‘It’s important for Millie not to feel under pressure. She’s a kid. She has to do her homework and chores. Everything else is a bonus.’

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Having To Shave Her Hair

She has had to make many sacrifices to win the role of Eleven, and that includes shaving off her locks to the buzz cut look she is well and truly recognized for. While Millie was willing to do whatever it took to be given the role as Eleven, including shaving her hair, there was one person who was not such a fan… her mother. Her mother even tried to convince her to wear wigs afterward because she did not like how Millie looked with her buzz cut hair.

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First Kiss

One of the more stranger things Brown has had to give up by playing Eleven was her first kiss to Finn Wolfhard (who plays Mike Wheeler). The teen’s first kiss was filmed in front of 250 crew members and seen by millions of viewers around the world to her fellow co-star. On filming this scene, she expressed, ‘It was definitely strange. It was, like, my first kiss, so it was kind of weird,” but does admit that it made perfect sense for the show’s storyline.

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She Can Sing Too!

While Millie continues to have great success in acting, she proves she’s got more talents up her sleeves and has confessed she can sing. With Paris Jackson stating that Millie has some pipes on her when they hung out together in a recording studio, meaning she can certainly sing, the talented star has proven to the world she can do so too. Performing on stage with her co-stars, the young crew got together to sing “Uptown Funk” at the 2016 Emmy Awards. No pressure there.

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Hopes To Continue Singing

While Millie is at the top of her A-game when it comes to her acting career, she has also set her sights on pursuing a career on Broadway. Even though she is totally deaf in one ear, Millie had ambitions to make it as a singer and expressed in an interview that she wishes to be in a Broadway production such as Matilda. She even has a YouTube channel which shows her singing “And I am Telling You” from the musical Dreamgirls.

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Stepping Up The Glam

Her style has seemed to change from her stint on the first season of Stranger Things to the beginning of the second. Since she is being contacted by leading fashion brands, she probably has a whole new wardrobe to play with. With her hair slightly grown back, Millie has been seen on her promotional tour looking ever so stylish. The teen has been showing up to her promotional and red carpet appearances in high-brand names and looking glamorous.

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En Vogue

Her fashion influence has not gone unnoticed either, and as an actress on the tip of everyone lips since the release of Stranger things, Millie has landed herself several magazine covers. These covers include, Teen Vogue, with the headline ‘The future is Millie’, L’Uuomo Vogue, L’officiel Paris, Entertainment Weekly and Variety. She was also featured in Time magazine’s Influential Teens of 2017. Just do not expect Millie to be stripping off for a cover shoot anytime soon, stating she would just about be photographed in a crop top when she’s 18.

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Friends In High Places

Millie has come a long way since her days living in Bournemouth, England, where she moved to after being born in Marbella, Spain. Since becoming a well-known actress in the Hollywood circle over the past year, the talented teen has been seen brushing shoulders with a few more famous faces in the business. She has been known to spend time away from filming with other stars including singer Hailee Steinfeld, actress Maddie Ziegler, and Sadie Sink, her fellow co-star who joined series two of Stranger Things.

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Before Stranger Things

It is hard to believe that an actress has had such success so quickly and at such a young age, but Millie’s talent was something that could not be ignored. She was born in Marbella, Spain, in 2004. Her family had just moved there from England before she was born as her grandparents opened up their own restaurant. Four years later, they moved back to the U.K. where she attended school in Bournemouth and stayed till the family moved to Florida where her father launched a tooth-whitening business.

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Falling Into Acting

Her father states that he knew his daughter was different to other children her age. He recalled, ‘My other children would watch cartoons, but Mill watched musicals – Chicago, Moulin Rouge, Annie and Bugsy Malone. She’d belt out a tune. She was performing from day one.’ Millie also expresses when her acting days began: ‘I was annoying my father one Saturday, and he said: “We need to find you something fun to do.”’ From then she started attending acting classes for four hours every Saturday.

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Having All The Support

While attending stage school every Saturday, an agent convinced the Brown’s to move to LA so that Millie’s natural talent could be spotted. Having sold everything, the Browns’ finances got so bad that they borrowed money during this time from Millie’s manager, Melanie Greene, and it became a very hard period for the family. Greene was a dedicated manager who, like her family, never gave up on Millie’s talent. With Greene still hired as her manager, Millie has garnered a greater team since becoming an overnight sensation.

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Was This Always A Passion?

Millie has spoken in interviews to say she did not grow up participating in school plays or remember the time she first knew she wanted to act. Rather, she states, “I got the bug and that’s it. I didn’t do school plays. I’ve never done a play in my life, actually. Not even a Nativity. If I’d been in a school play I’d probably have sneezed and messed everything up.” With Millie being so talented, it’s is hard to imagine that she could do any wrong.

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The Deals Keep On Coming

With such hype circulating the release of the new season for Stranger Things, it is no surprise that the cast are on a whirlwind promotional tour. Since they are such hot topics, it is also no surprise that they are landing themselves deals with big names at the same time. Brown has recently been named the new face of Calvin Klein and has signed a huge deal with Converse sneakers. Meanwhile, Vogue has credited her for her recent red carpet look for wearing a Louis Vuitton minidress with sneakers.

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A True Star Has Been Born

With everyone becoming a fast fan of Millie’s since starring in Stranger Things, she has been likened to some of the biggest actresses Hollywood has had to offer. With comparisons made to the likes of award winners, Meryl Streep and Jodie Foster, a credit as big as this expresses how Brown is on her way to huge success. She is proving critics right so far, with Stranger Things creator, Matt Duffer, stating, “We have yet to give her something that she’s unable to do.”

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Duffer continues to say, “I can throw this girl an incredible fastball, and she’s going to hit it. It’s like a singer who can hit any note. Her range is absolutely incredible. I have yet to see any limits to it.” He has even compared Brown to Tom Cruise for understanding how the camera works and using it to her advantage. She has even managed to bring the whole production crew to a standstill for her show-stopping performances on set.

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Her Talent Is Beyond As Expected

Having just had 246 words to say throughout the whole of the first series, it meant that a lot of Brown’s acting was through her emotion. Speaking of her role, Millie explained, “With Eleven it was about going by instinct; like what I’d do with her body language, and how she spoke. It was really fun to suggest things and embody the character myself.” Variety critic, Maureen Ryan, highlighted how impressive this was by stating, “Brown’s ability to summon emotion is as impressive as her character’s ability to walk between worlds.”

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Perfecting That American Accent

Since Millie grew up in Britain, she came to America with a very strong British accent. That was not quite what the creators of Stranger Things were looking for, so Millie took it upon herself to get the perfect American accent for the role. Much like she took on the task of shaving her hair off for the role, she was willing to do whatever it took to play the character of Eleven in the way the creators had hoped for. She managed to do so by watching the Disney Chanel.

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From Bournemouth To Beverly Hills

It seems all the tough times the Brown family went through before Millie became one of the biggest actresses Netflix had to offer were worth it. It is a true testament to the family and their belief and support for one another was shown through the lead up to Millie landing her breakthrough role, but of course, her talent played a big part in transforming her family’s life. They have come along way since their time in Bournemouth, and life in Beverly Hills sure must be different.

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This Is Just The Beginning

Having made such an impressive start in the world of Hollywood, we can only hope that Brown’s success and hard work pays off for the young starlet. If she continues the way she is going, then there is no doubt Millie Bobby Brown will become a real Hollywood icon, whose talent will be a blessing in many future projects. For now, she seems to keep her feet firmly on the ground, making audiences fall in love with her for her acting abilities, as well as her overall sweet and humble demeanor.

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