Millie Bobby Brown, just 13 years old, has already achieved fame thanks to her breakthrough performance as Eleven in the hugely successful Netflix series Stranger Things. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Brown decided to appear on film for eight hours and took all the necessary steps to make it happen.
Brown described wanting to act “like an insect” to Variety. “I know this sounds weird, but nothing can stop me once I decide to do something. If I really wanted to sew, but didn’t know how, I would sew anyway. The same goes for acting. So I’m here.
But the actress hasn’t always had it easy. She also admitted to Variety that she never studied singing or acting. But despite being completely deaf in one ear, she manages to do both.
She revealed to the publication that she was born with partial hearing loss in one ear, but after years of tubes, the loss of her hearing in that side was complete. She can’t hear herself very well whether she’s acting or singing.
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When playing Eleven in the first season of Stranger Things, who didn’t speak much, Brown used her other senses: “You can talk with your face,” she adds matter-of-factly. “It is easy for someone to declare that they are angry. I am sad. I’m furious. I can only use my face to perform this.
A young actress’ self-confidence can be shaken by performing with partial hearing loss, but Brown never let it get to her. She stated, “I just started singing, and if I sound awful I don’t care because I just do what I like.” “Singing skills are not required. You don’t have to have any talent for acting or dancing. Do it if you like it and if you want. No one can hinder you.
On February 19, 2004, The third of four children of British parents Kelly and Robert Brown, a real estate agent, Brown was born in Marbella, Málaga, Spain. She had some hearing loss in her left ear from birth and over the course of several years she eventually lost complete hearing in that ear.
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