Millie Bobby Brown has opened up about being sexualized throughout her booming career. Brown, who found stardom starring as Eleven in Netflix’s Stranger Things at the age of 12, has noticed more sexualization of her now that she has turned 18.
Discussing how she was feeling on the “Guilty Feminist” podcast, Brown went into detail about how she felt the press, as well as social media users, have always, to some degree, sexualized her.
The Enola Holmes actress reached the legal age in February of this year, but turning 18 in the spotlight has its problems.
“Any 18-year-old is dealing with navigating being an adult and having relationships and friendships and being liked and trying to fit in,” Brown said. “It’s all a lot, and you’re trying to find yourself while doing that. The only difference is that, obviously, I’m doing that in the public eye, so it can be really overwhelming.”
Brown went on to talk about how “gross” it is that young girls are sexualized, especially in the public eye.
When Brown had turned 16, the media went crazy over the fact that she wore a dress that was lower-cut to an awards show. Feeling like she was being “crucified,” she couldn’t believe the hate she was getting. “I thought ‘My, is this really what we’re talking about? We should be talking about the incredible people that were there at the award show.’”
Brown will appear one more time in Stranger Things as Eleven, as the show comes to a close. The first part of season four will premiere on May 27th. She will also reprise her role as Enola Holmes in Enola Holmes 2, which should be arriving on Netflix sometime this year.
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