Millie Bobby Brown is the ultimate teen game-changer: bold, outspoken, and defying gender beauty norms. Ignore her at your peril!
In many ways, Millie Bobby Brown is like every other 15-year-old. Her phone is a constant attachment (it was tucked under her legs during our interview), onesies are her favourite clothing, and she spends free time chilling with her sister, Ava, aged seven, watching Disney’s The Lion King and Matilda. But Millie has quite a few qualities that set her apart from the majority of teens, too. Most strikingly, of course, she’s a Hollywood megastar. Netflix smash Stranger Things made her a household name when she was just 11, and in the next year she’ll star in Godzilla vs. Kong and take the title role in Enola Holmes, playing Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister. She has more than 28 million followers on Instagram… did we mention that she’s only 15?!
And it’s not just on the big screen that she’s making waves. Millie – or Mills, as she’s called by friends and family – wants to use her platform to do good, joining the ranks of teenage activists and disrupters who’ve become a force for positive change in recent years (the mass school walkouts over climate change being a case in point). Having recently been appointed UNICEF’s youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador, she plans to use her voice to raise awareness of issues that affect young people: lack of education, safe places to play and learn and the impact of violence, bullying and poverty.
So it comes as no surprise that she has a strong work ethic: ‘One job isn’t enough for me. I’m a prime multi-tasker. I’m also proactive. As soon as I have an idea, I’ve got to try and fulfil it as soon as possible,’ she says. Her latest venture? Launching her own skincare and beauty range, florence by mills, exclusively in Boots. Naturally, for this Gen-Z crusader, it’s cruelty-free, inclusive, and gives back. We sat down with Millie in her family home to talk about the range, gender-neutral beauty and the rise of the teenage game-changer.
Millie on… entrepreneurship
‘I came up with the idea for my beauty range when my dad and I were on a plane from Atlanta to Argentina. I was practising applying make-up – I’m a bit of a fanatic – and while I looked great, I didn’t feel great. I told my dad I felt there was a gap in the market for skincare and make-up aimed solely at young people. I knew I could create something that sat in the middle and “spoke” to people like me and my friends. Something that’s healthy and good for your skin, but also fun and still represents youth. As soon as we landed, I phoned everyone and said I had to do something of my own.’ Fast-forward two years and Millie has created a range of 15 products, including skincare and cosmetics. It has chic, matte purple packaging – her favourite colour – and a fragrance that’s a mix of lavender, rose and cucumber, her favourite scents. ‘As a young person and entrepreneur, I wanted to be taken seriously. And it’s been hard, these past six years, working non-stop to prove to myself and to society that young people deserve a seat at the table.’ The range is named after her great-grandmother, who passed away before Millie was born, ‘I’m like her. She was loud, opinionated and didn’t stop talking. She loved people and she loved the world. And that’s me.’
Millie on… ethical beauty
Making sure florence by mills was vegan and cruelty-free was essential to Millie’s vision. ‘I love animals: I have two tortoises, three dogs and a cat. My favourite animal is the orca whale, and my little sister and I are always in the garden saving insects. I knew the brand had to be cruelty-free. It was a no-brainer.’ The brand also gives back through their support of the Olivia Hope Foundation*, a US charity to fund childhood cancer research, in memory of her friend Olivia, who died from a rare and aggressive form of the disease.
Millie on… gender stereotypes
When it came to shaving her head for her role as Eleven in Stranger Things, Millie didn’t give it a second thought. ‘I wanted to work and had no problem with getting rid of my hair, which was long at the time. I told my mum, “It’s just hair; it doesn’t define me as a girl.” She said, “You’ll be bullied and called names.” And that’s what happened. I was called names in the street. But instead of bringing me down, it gave me the light I needed to be humble and to understand that not everyone’s life is easy. As a society, we’re conditioned to see girls with long hair and boys with short hair, but I’ve always wanted to go against that. In this respect, I’m not very good at following the rules. It was a liberating experience, and I’d do it again.’
Millie on… online bullying
Using her fame to speak out about and tackle issues that are close to her, starting with cyber-bullying, is important to Millie. ‘I get bullied online a lot by older people. It can be hurtful. I’m lucky that I’m the type of person who can brush it off. I’ll often respond to a comment with something like: “I’m so sorry you live a life that’s filled with so much hate, because I live my life with so much love.” My parents have taught me to love and not to dislike and hate people.’
Millie on… teenage game-changers
‘The phrase “children should be seen and not heard”: that’s never been who I am. My parents have never said that; they’ve always encouraged and motivated me to speak up and to never stop.’ And now, as a UNICEF ambassador, she has an official capacity to do just that. ‘To have the title is such an honour. It’s an exciting time to be young, because now my voice is being heard and I can try to spark a voice in other young people. It’s amazing to be part of an organisation that gives a voice to every child.’
And she knows she has an army of teens on her side. ‘It’s not just me out there. Malala Yousafzai is one of the most inspirational young women I know. She stands up for something I feel passionate about: that every young person deserves an education. In different cultures and places, young girls don’t get the education they deserve, and I think it’s one of my biggest challenges and missions. Look at Greta Thunberg. I watched her speech to the EU, and it had me smiling all day. We’ve come a long way, but still there are those who believe young people aren’t as important. However, we’re slowly forming a generation that will be heard.’
Millie on… being a role model
Take a quick scroll through Millie’s Instagram feed and you find posts that are funny, silly and full of joy. ‘My social media represents positivity. You go there to laugh and see a real human being. I don’t like posting things that don’t feel like me.’ I ask if her mum checks what she’s putting up. ‘She trusts me. She’s not on Instagram, but she’ll take a photo of me and say, “This is who you are – put that up.” She helps me stay true to who I am.’ Her parting advice to fellow teens? ‘It doesn’t matter how young you are, you still have your own voice and your opinion. And you can stand up for yourself.’ If only there were more adults who thought like Millie Bobby Brown.
Honest Beauty. Goop Beauty. Kylie Skin. Kora Organics. It seems like the list of celebrity-founded beauty brands grows longer and longer each week, and Millie Bobby Brown is joining the squad with her own Gen Z-focused beauty brand Florence by Mills.
The name comes from Brown’s great-grandmother. The actress says she “felt like a brand about individuality and bravery and being truthful should be named after somebody who was all of those things.” After sitting in makeup chairs for years, the Stranger Things star’s face began to react to some of the products used, so she spent the past two years developing the “clean” skincare line that treats young skin with products such as the Zero Chill Face Mist, Swimming Under the Eye Gel Pads—her favorite product—and Like a Light Skin Tint.
“I wanted to come into the space because there was a gap in the market for young people,” Brown said. “I guess I could never find anything that I liked to put on my face and it felt good. I’d take off my makeup and boom, another pimple would appear,” Brown told WWD. “There are multiple different products I’ve put on that weren’t good for me. Some of those were anti-aging, and I was 10 years old.”
The teen queen made sure to consider Gen Z allowances when coming up with price points for Florence by Mills, which is priced from $10 to $34 and will be sold in online as well as in Ulta and Boots. On top of that, proceeds from sales will be donated to the Olivia Hope Foundation honoring Brown’s late friend Olivia Hope LoRusso, who passed away in 2017.
First stop: New York City. The Stranger cast hit the ground running in New York with stops at Good Morning America, Kelly & Ryan and more.
The Stranger Things World Tour: Chapter 1 of 6.
Millie Bobby Brown — who plays “Eleven” on Netflix’s Stranger Things and recently starred in Godzilla: King of the Monsters — has reportedly been cast in Marvel’s The Eternals.
According to Variety, Brown will join Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, and Richard Madden in the cosmic comic book movie. (Disney had not responded to IGN’s request for comment at time of publish.)
Keanu Reeves and Salma Hayek are also reportedly up for roles in the Disney film, which will be directed by Chloé Zhao.
While none of the aforementioned actors’ roles have been announced nor their casting confirmed, Variety reports that Marvel Studios is expected to announce the full cast — along with their Phase 4 film lineup — at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con.
So far, the rumor mill has pegged Jolie as playing Sersi and Madden as Ikaris.
If you don’t know much about The Eternals — and, let’s face it, most people likely don’t — check out this expansive breakdown on who they are and how they came to be in the Marvel Comics.
And for SPOILERISH coverage of Millie Bobby Brown and the gang in the latest season of Stranger Things, check out our review of Season 3, our explainer on the season’s ending, our theories on The American and THAT character’s fate, and whether there will be a Season 4.
I’ve added a bunch of magazine scans and photo sessions of Millie from this year that are either recent or missing from the gallery. Check them out! There are so many lovely shots. I will need to work on a new design with these when I have more time. Enjoy.
Sorry for the lack of updates. I’ve had a lot of personal things going on and not able to come online. I am getting caught up on my fansites and am glad to say I got most of Millie’s gallery updated (sans Stranger Things season 3 images which I will add soon.)
I’ve added nearly 600 photos of Millie from her promotional events and press surrounding Godzilla. Check out the photos and the link of videos of her recent interviews.
May 13 – ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Beijing Press Conference: Panel – additions
May 18 – ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ LA Premiere
May 26 – ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Paris Premiere
May 28 – ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ London Screening
May 28 – Arriving/Leaving KISS FM UK Studio
May 28 – Arriving/Leaving BBC Radio ONE Show
May 29 – Arriving/Leaving BBC Radio
May 29 – Jimmy Fallon: Stills
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Prepare for a strange Fourth of July in 2019!
Stranger Things season 3 will premiere July 4, 2019, Netflix announced via a New Years’ Eve-themed video when the clock struck midnight on New Years Day. Similar to how season 2 was released and set around Halloween, the highly-anticipated third season will take place during the summer — specifically the summer of 1985.
Watch the throwback premiere date announcement featuring old Dick Clark footage above, and check out the new poster below, which promises that “one summer can change everything.”
At this point, not much is known about the plot of the upcoming eight-episode season. In December, the streaming service revealed the season’s episode titles, and in August, star David Harbour teased that the season draws on the Chevy Chase comedy Fletch.
“The Duffers are so specific each year with the movies,” Harbour told Variety of the show’s creators Matt and Ross Duffer. “And Fletch is one movie we get to play around and have some fun with this season, which you wouldn’t expect from Stranger Things and you wouldn’t expect from the Spielberg universe and you certainly wouldn’t expect from a darker season.’”
Furthermore, we also know that the season will introduce a new setting — Starcourt, Hawkins’ new mall — thanks to the sly teaser trailer/mall commercial featuring Steve (Joe Keery) and Robin (new cast member Maya Hawke) that was released last summer.
In the depth of winter, the summer feels like a long ways away, but Netflix programming executive Cindy Holland promised it would be “worth the wait” at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in August. “It’s a handcrafted show,” Holland said. “The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy, they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than last year. I think it’s going to be a fantastic season. It will be worth the wait.”
In the meantime, you can check out EW’s season 2 recaps and ideas for improving the show in the upcoming season.
Stranger Things returns July 9, 2019 on Netflix.
By all accounts, a lot of big stuff was unveiled at this weekend’s CCXP convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil — but it’s hard to get much bigger than the second trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters (out May 31), which has now been released online.
In G: KotM, the iconic giant lizard is joined by the three-headed King Ghidorah, the insect Mothra, and another flying monster, Rodan, who in the original Japanese movies could create hurricane-force winds. About five years have passed in the film since the events depicted in 2014’s Godzilla, which isn’t nearly enough time for people to stop freaking out about the discovery that they share the planet with you-know-who.
“The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting,” Dougherty, whose previous credits include the horror movie Krampus, previously told EW. Godzilla hasn’t been seen since that destructive finale, “but there’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind.”
The new film stars Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and Millie Bobby Brown, who’s already faced her fair share of monsters as Eleven on Netflix’s Stranger Things.
“It was very different from the Demogorgon,” Brown said at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. “Eleven has powers, it’s a lot less terrifying because she can just hopefully kill them. But this was on a much larger scale. I had neck problems because we were always looking up so high. So it was a larger scale, quite literally. The Demogorgon was just a tiny bit taller than me, and Godzilla and all the other monsters are a lot larger.”
Watch the new trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, below.
Like the big lizard himself, there has been some uncertainty as to when we would see the next trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters (out May 31). On Saturday, it was widely reported that the promo clip would be released this week. It was then reported that fans would have to wait a little longer to see the trailer for the film, which stars Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, and Kyle Chandler, among others.
Today, the film’s director and co-writer Michael Dougherty clarified matters on Twitter, first confirming that the trailer would come out this week and later announcing that it would “drop Sunday, Dec 9th at Brazil Comic-Con. From Godzilla’s lips to your ears.”
About five years have passed in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (out May 31, 2019) since the events depicted in 2014’s Godzilla. Which isn’t nearly enough time for people to stop freaking out about the discovery that they share the planet with a gargantuan lizard.
“The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting,” Dougherty told EW, earlier this year. “Godzilla hasn’t been seen since that destructive finale, “but there’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind.”
King of the Monsters makes it enormously clear that there are other big beasts, notably the three-headed King Ghidorah, the giant insect Mothra, and another flying monster, Rodan, who in the original Japanese movies could create hurricane-force winds.
“Rodan’s been kind of a sidekick character, but I’ve always had a soft spot for him,” said Dougherty. “In a lot of ways he’s more powerful than Godzilla. He’s like this winged A-bomb. I think we’ve done him justice.”
The Godzilla Movie trailer will drop Sunday Dec 9th at Brazil Comic Con. From Godzilla’s lips to your ears.
Mila was at the UNICEF Press Conference where she gave a speech. You can view her speech below and check out photos from both events in our gallery. Enjoy!