Millie Bobby Brown says she feels very lonely despite being friends with Drake, Mark Wright and other A-listers
It has been just two years since Millie Bobby Brown shot to stardom with her role as Eleven in Netflix's hit show 'Stranger Things'. And ever since, the teenage actress has gone up the success ladder by leaps and bounds, making her a name on Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People of 2018, beside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, reports The Sun.
Millie is currently worth a staggering $3 million, which is not a bad sum considering the fact that the star is merely 16 and can't even legally open a bank account without her parents' permission.
The young star seems to have already made some amazing A-list friends in the industry, including rapper Drake. She was also recently called up on stage by Maroon 5 at their Nashville show, where she sang along to the band's latest hit track 'Girls Like You' with frontman Adam Levine.
Millie posted a video of the memorable moment on Instagram. "soooo 2nite was insane!!!" she captioned the video. "I love @maroon5 and my dear friend @adamlevine." To which, the singer's wife Behati Prinsloo replied, "YAAASSSSS I'M DEAD!!!!!"
On her friendship with Drake, Millie had said, "We just texted each other the other day, and he was like, ‘I miss you so much,’ and I was like, ‘I miss you more’." And even though it looks like the teen actress has really made it on her own, few people know the troubles and tribulations she had to go through to get to where she is now.
Millie might be a millionaire now with over 17 million Instagram followers, but her story follows the classic case of rags to riches. The actor, who was born in Spain, lived in Dorset with her family before moving to Florida when she was eight. There, she took up acting classes and was signed up by LA-based manager Melanie Green, who told the family they’d need to move to Hollywood for their daughter's career.
Her parents, Robert, an estate agent and his wife Kelly, headed to LA with Millie and their three other kids in a move which almost bankrupted the family. The teenage star first appeared in NBA series 'Once Upon a Time In Wonderland' but it only lasted a season, after which, she went on to make a lot of appearances in 'Modern Family' and 'Grey’s Anatomy'.
However, her family was still not able to make enough money for all of them to survive, and eventually, they had to borrow money from Green. “It was tears, tears, tears,” Millie said at the time. “We went through tough times. There were times we didn’t know if we could afford food or pay the rent.”
In 2015, the Brown family admitted defeat and once all their money ran out, they moved in with an aunt in the UK. Millie was almost broken by the immense pressure of earning for the family at such a young age when she should have ideally been preoccupied with making friends. "I was devastated. I wasn’t getting work. I thought I was done," she said.
While the Brown family was in England, Millie thought her young career was over after being critiqued by a casting agent: "She said I was too mature and grown up. She made me cry." But the same day, Millie got her breakthrough when she auditioned for 'Stranger Things'. "I had to cry in the audition. My emotions were so raw, I hit it out of the park," she said.
Now that the young star had a full-time job on the sets of Stranger Things, her dad gave up his work and started accompanying her on set and advising her on acting roles, but her schooling suffered. As a result, Millie had to be homeschooled. "Because I’m home-schooled, I get kind of lonely sometimes," she says. "I’m obsessed with working out."
And since she clearly doesn't have the quintessential normal childhood and her high-pressure life doesn’t make for an environment where she meets a lot of people her age, one can see why the teenager tends to find friendship and solace with people in the industry who are older than her.
However, she does have her young 'Stranger Things' co-stars, as well as a best friend of her own age, 15-year-old Maddie Ziegler, who dances in Sia’s videos. Even 'America's Got Talent' star Grace Vanderwaal is a part of the young girl's squad, according to reports.
During the shooting of the Netflix show, Eleven shared a kiss with Mike, played by Finn Wolfhard. It was Millie's first kiss ever, and after the shoot, she reportedly shouted, "Kissing sucks!" A year later, she was found to be dating 15-year-old singer Jacob Sartorius, but even after going Insta-official, the couple broke up within a few months.
"The decision with Jacob and I was completely mutual. We are both happy and remaining friends," she said in a decidedly adult break-up statement.
Maybe after all her young friendships started to wane, Millie found friends in older celebs, like Winona Ryder, who mentored her during 'Stranger Things', with the teenager admitting she's "obsessed with her". She also became good pals with 'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul and his 31-year-old wife Lauren Parsekian, who went a step ahead and wished they could adopt the bubbly teenager.
Lauren reportedly told TV show host Jimmy Fallon of their dream to "adopt her", to which Millie responded by saying, "Listen: Me and Aaron have arranged a dinner in L.A. in two weeks' time. Now, you bring the adoption papers. I’ll bring my suitcase."
The actress was also pictured with 31-year-old Mark Wright and his family, who she met through his TV show, and has scores of pictures with other A-list celebs like Ed Sheeran, Emma Watson, and Taylor Swift. After the 2016 Emmys, she revealed, "I had a panic attack. I was getting a picture with everyone. I didn’t play it cool – I was starstruck."
And although her first love is acting, Millie is also a bona fide fashionista and has been spotted multiple times perched on the front row of Fashion Week Catwalks, where she made more friends in the form of Cindy Crawford’s daughter, young model-of-the-moment Kaia Gerber, and Karlie Kloss.
At the young age of 13, Millie approached Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour at the Calvin Klein Show at New York Fashion Week, where she made her modeling debut for the brand after becoming the face of their 'By Appointment' campaign.
Now, Millie can add even modeling to her list, as she is represented by IMG modeling agency since they signed her up last year, and the teen actress is currently in talks with Louis Vuitton for a future collaboration. “All I want to do is model, act, and sing, so if fame comes with that, then so be it,” she says.
However, her parents are her biggest critics when it comes to her fashion choices. "Everything I wear has to go through every person on my team," she said. "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."
However, Millie still hasn't entirely given up on her education, either. She revealed, "I just plan on living my life and take it step-by-step. 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!’"