Millie Bobby Brown was arguably the breakout star of Netflix’s hit Stranger Things. Her character was intensely captivating. With everything from the emotional struggle of discovering the true meaning of friendship (she was held captive for a seriously long time) to her wild telekinesis ability and love of Eggo waffles, Eleven is a star.
It takes a seriously talented actress to handle the subtitles in playing a mostly mute girl who’s a science-lab experiment and pre-teen runaway. Millie Bobby Brown beautifully handled her character and made the transformation look as easy as shaving her head.
In an interview with Elle, the British 12-year-old talked about how she had no idea she needed to shave her head for the role, but was ready to tackle the challenge.
“I got the call back and then I did a Skype meeting and there was nothing at all about head shaving,” she said. “And then we flew over to L.A., and they were like, ‘Are you ready?’ And I was like, ‘For what?’ And I was next to Finn [Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler], and Ross Duffer comes up to me and puts his hand out and goes, ‘Bzzzzzzzzz.'”
Recently, Brown took to Twitter to show us her amazing transformation — one her mother wasn’t too thrilled about.
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) August 21, 2016
According to the actress, her mother tried to stop the whole thing from happening.
“My mom’s like, ‘No! That’s not happening,'” she said. “And I was like, ‘Mom. You need to chill out; it’s gonna grow back.’ My mom was against it. And me and my dad were like, ‘Come on. It’s fine!’ Today, actually, we went to an Indian restaurant and someone was like, ‘Hello, young man.’ That was like the 500th time someone called me a boy, and I’m really fine with it.”
We have to say, though it’s a major transformation, Millie pulls it off wonderfully! According to E! News, Brown was inspired by Charlize Theron’s powerful crew cut in Mad Max and Winona Ryder’s old school photo that the actress had shown her before she did the deed.
“Winona looked cool back in the day with the pixie cut,” Brown added, “and I thought maybe I could bring it back!”