Watch Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown Shave Her Head and Become Eleven
While Stranger Things features a diverse cast that includes veteran actors such as Winona Ryder and David Harbour, many of the show's breakout stars are the younger stars whose careers are just getting started. One of of these young stars is Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the mysterious Eleven, who had previously had roles on Intruders along with guest-starring spots on Modern Family, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, NCIS and Grey's Anatomy before Stranger Things. Over the weekend, the 12-year-old actress decided to share a special video through social media, showing her hair being chopped off for the role.
While the actress shared this video on Twitter this morning, Entertainment Weekly spoke with the series creators, Ross and Matt Duffer, who revealed that it took some convincing to get the actress to shave her head. The actress and her parents were worried that it may cost her other roles, but the creators revealed that one of last year's biggest hits in theaters helped convince her to shave it all off. Here's what the brothers had to say in a joint statement.
"Mad Max: Fury Road was about to come out, so we pulled out a magazine photograph of Charlize Theron as Furiosa and showed it to Millie. [We asked] 'Charlize looks totally badass, right?' Millie agreed; Charlize looked badass. And that was it: She agreed to buzz it all off. When the day of the haircut finally arrived, Millie's mom brought out a camcorder, while her dad ran away with tears in his eyes, unable to watch. It was a pretty dramatic scene. But also very quick. Within 10 minutes we had shaved it all off and slapped a fake '11' tattoo on Millie's wrist. Millie looked at herself in the mirror, gave her best Furiosa scream - and Eleven was born."
Stranger Things is set in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana when Will Byers disappears...seemingly into thin air. The year is 1983 and this small town is abuzz with conspiracy theories behind the missing boy's circumstances. As friends, family and local police search for answers behind his disappearance they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and the discovery of one very strange little girl. Her appearance and powers appear super human and the boys begin to understand that she might have a sinister connection to their missing friend.
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers), Matthew Modine (Dr. Brenner), David Harbour (Chief Hopper), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers), Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Millie Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Cara Buono (Karen Wheeler). The supporting cast also includes Noah Schnapp (Bridge of Spies). The new drama series written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) consists of eight, one-hour long episodes. Take a look at this video from Millie Bobby Brown below, and stay tuned for more Stranger Things Season 2.