Now 18 years old, Millie Bobby Brown has talked about being sexualized in Hollywood as a young actress and celeb.
Brown was reportedly only 12 when she was cast in Netflix’s original series The Stranger Things. She recently spoke on The Guilty Feminist podcast about the challenges and obstacles of growing up in the spotlight and how her turning 18 years old has put things into perspective. “I have dealt with the same things any 18-year-old is dealing with, the process of navigating being an adult and of having relationships and friendships,” she said.
“The constant urge of trying to fit in is all a lot, and you’re also trying to know yourself simultaneously. The only difference in my life is I’m doing that in the public eye.” “It can really be very overwhelming,” She said, talking about having to deal with being sexualized on top of the everyday struggles of being a teenager and the hormones and changes while hitting puberty.
“I have definitely been seen dealing with that of more in the last couple of weeks of turning 18. I am definitely able to see a difference between the way people act and the way that the press and social media are reacting to me coming of age.”
When Millie turned 16, she had a powerful message to spread, addressing the online criticism and the sexualization she faced growing up in the spotlight. “16 has taken a long time coming. I feel like there has to be a change that needs to happen for not only this generation but even the next. The world needs kindness and support in order for the children to grow and to succeed,” she announced.
“There are moments when I get frustrated from the inaccuracy, the inappropriate comments, the sexualization, and the unnecessary insults that have resulted in pain and insecurity for me,” she captioned on an Instagram post that she posted celebrating her 16th birthday in the year 2020. “But not ever will I ever be defeated. I will always continue to do what I love and spread the message in order to make a change.”
Brown explained in The Guilty Feminist that back when she was younger, she would get constantly criticized for expressing herself maturely on the red carpet.