Millie Bobby Brown has opened up about the ‘gross’ sexualisation she endured in Hollywood while still being underage.
According to ET Canada, the actress, who is most well-known for her role as Eleven in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, explained her experience ‘navigating’ fame and the challenges she faces being in the spotlight.
“It can be really overwhelming,” she said on The Guilty Feminist podcast.
“I have definitely been dealing with that more in the last couple weeks of turning 18. [I’m] definitely seeing a difference between the way people act and the way the press and social media react to me coming of age. It’s gross."
The teen slammed Hollywood and social media for overtly sexualising underaged girls and noted how normalised it’s become.
She said upon turning 18; she realised the media scrutiny she endured was a ‘good representation of what’s going on in the world’.
She added: “I have been dealing with that — but I have also been dealing with that for forever.”
Brown also recalled on the podcast how she was ‘crucified’ for wearing more mature outfits on the red carpet.
“I thought is this really what we should be talking about? We should be talking about the incredible people that were there at the awards show, the talent that was there, the people we are representing," she said.
Following the criticism, the actress disclosed that she no longer shares anything ‘personal’ on her social media accounts.
“You’re not gonna see that part of me. You get to see the things I choose to put out in the world,” she said.
In 2020, shortly after Brown turned 16, she also took to Instagram to express her ‘frustration’ with the hurtful comments hurled at her while being in the public eye.
The post also included a video montage of the actress' rise to fame, sensationalist reporting by the media and insulting social media comments about her image.
She wrote: “I get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me.”
Brown ended the statement by saying: “I hope this video informs you on the things that go on behind the scenes of the headlines and flashing lights. dont worry I'll always find a way to smile.”
Featured Image Credit: Alamy. Netflix.
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