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It has become the word-of-mouth hit of the summer. Netflix’s supernatural TV drama Stranger Things is so addictive, even Hollywood giant Steven Spielberg has hailed it as the best show of the year.
Even more remarkable is the extraordinary sacrifice made by the family of the 12-year-old British newcomer who has outshone Hollywood star Winona Ryder to become the sensation of the series.
Schoolgirl Millie Bobby Brown has, according to the industry bible Variety, ‘the kind of presence some actors take a lifetime to acquire. She is about to be cast in a lot of projects’.
Some fans are so besotted with her character ‘Eleven’ they are having her name tattooed on their arms.
Millie’s parents sold everything to move to Hollywood to help the youngster fulfil her dreams.
She quickly gained bit parts in NCIS, Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy, but while she made the shortlist for ‘huge’ projects including Spielberg’s recent film The BFG, she kept missing out on the starring roles.
Things were so tight, Millie’s British-born manager Melanie Greene lent the family money to help them survive.
‘My older sister left. She didn’t want to do it [America] any more,’ Millie says. ‘It was tears, tears, tears. We went through tough times.’
Last summer, the family admitted defeat when their money ran out.
They moved back to the UK so broke they had to stay with an aunt. ‘I was devastated. I wasn’t getting work. I thought I was done,’ says Millie.
Back in England, she hit her lowest ebb after an unpleasant experience with a casting agent: ‘She said I was too mature and grown up. She made me cry.’ Later that day, she auditioned for Stranger Things.
‘I had to cry in the audition. My emotions were so raw, I hit it out of the park.’
Within weeks, the family were on a plane back to the US, where Millie filmed in Atlanta late last year. The show has transformed her life.
‘It’s crazy,’ Millie says sitting in a five-star hotel in Los Angeles where she is being ‘bombarded’ with film and TV offers.
‘I never in my wildest dreams thought this would happen.’
You can read the full article courtesy of The Daily Mail here