Millie Bobby Brown says she faces sexualization ‘forever’

  • Millie Bobby Brown spoke about the experience of sexualization as a child actor.
  • The ‘Stranger Things’ star turned 18 in February and said she’s had some “rude” reactions before.
  • She said her experience is representative of “how young girls are sexualized.”

Millie Bobby Brown opened up about being sexualized as a child actor and her experience since turning 18 in February.

“I deal with the same things as any 18-year-old, navigating as an adult and having relationships and friendships, and it’s all of those things,” she told Deborah Francis- White in an April 4 episode of “The Feminist Guilty Podcast.”

“Being loved and trying to fit in is a lot, and you’re trying to [know] yourself doing this. The only difference is obviously that I’m doing this in the public eye,” she added.

“It can be really overwhelming,” the ‘Stranger Things’ star continued. “I’ve certainly been dealing with that more in the last two weeks after I turned 18.” Brown added that she “definitely sees a difference between how people act and how the press and social media react” to her “coming of age” and called it “disgusting.”

Brown said she thought her experience in Hollywood was “a good representation of what’s going on in the world and how young girls are sexualized.”

“I deal with this – but I’ve also dealt with this forever,” she added.

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Millie Bobby Brown attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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Brown also spoke of times early in her career when she was criticized for the way she dressed. “One time I was going to the red carpet and I was like, ‘Oh my god. I’m going to do a little bit lower, just a little bit lower,'” she said. “I was about 16 and I was like, ‘Mom, Dad, please. Can I wear this to this award show?’

“I have just been crucified,” she said. “I thought to myself, ‘is this really what we should be talking about?’ We should talk about the amazing people who were there at the awards show, the talent that was there, the people we represent.”

Brown explained that she decided to stop sharing personal information on social media, describing it as “the worst place ever”.

“I don’t post anything personal anymore,” she continued. “You won’t see that part of me. You’ll see the things I choose to put out into the world.”

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