Millie Bobby Brown was interviewed by her BFF Maddie Ziegler, and Interview Magazine was kind enough to share the intimate details of the now-no-longer-private conversation, including how the two celebrity tweens met, the pressures of doing a first kiss on-camera, and being an outsider in a cast of boys.
For those not familiar with Millie Bobby Brown or Maddie Ziegler, you’ve undoubtedly heard of both of them, even if you don’t recognize their names. Millie is the 12-year-old British/Spanish/American/Canadian actress who stole the show as Eleven, the supernaturally-gifted and mostly-silent girl in the hugely popular Netflix series Stranger Things.
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Maddie Ziegler, 14, is the American dancer who wears a full-body leotard in Sia’s video “Chandelier.”
The two tweens met a while back during So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, where Mia was working as a guest judge. Millie describes how she was fangirling big time when she was invited backstage to meet her idol.
“And the whole show I was looking at you like, ‘Please let her look at me.’ And then they told me that I could go backstage and meet you, and I’m literally, like, taking deep breaths, like, ‘Oh my goodness.'”
Like a lot of tween friendships, Maddie and Millie’s blossomed on social media; Maddie followed Millie on Twitter and, as Millie says, the rest is history. When they finally did get the chance to meet face-to-face, they were instantly inseparable.
“I finally got your number, and then we met, and we had that very hysterical day where we met some funny people at the pool. We just clicked.”
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If you’ve heard Millie Bobby Brown speak — perhaps being interviewed on your favorite late-night talk show — you’d notice that she has a British accent. Although she was born in Spain and spent part of her early life there, she grew up mostly in England. Except for that time her family lived in Orlando. And then in L.A. And then Vancouver.
“Listen, Maddie, I live on an airplane. I don’t really live anywhere at the moment. I lived in L.A. for a while and I kind of live in L.A. now. I live in England to do stuff, I lived in Atlanta… I could possibly be moving back there, so I kind of live everywhere, but my favorite place to live is L.A.”
If you’ve ever been a tween girl or been a parent of one, you’re aware that one thing tween girls love to talk about is boys. And Millie’s job on Stranger Things means that she’s surrounded by them. But since Millie and her castmates are all of an age where boys and girls still sometimes regard each other as “icky,” she says that she misses having girls around when she’s at work on the set.
“I am the only girl, and the boys have their squads. They have their group, and it’s definitely difficult because they’re boys and talk about boy stuff. They talk about girls and video games. I definitely need to talk about normal things a girl would talk about. They’re like my big brothers. They annoy me.”
One thing tweens stress out about is the dreaded-yet-anticipated first kiss. And for Millie, that meant having her first kiss in front of a camera crew — and then broadcast to millions of viewers on Netflix.
“Yeah, I did have to kiss Finn. At the end of the day, it’s only acting, and it’s something you have to do, and I would do anything for the show. I cut my hair, I kissed Finn. It was definitely strange. It was, like, my first kiss, so it was kind of weird.”
For a while, it looks like Maddie and Millie will have to continue their friendship long-distance. Maddie will be on tour with Sia for the foreseeable future, while Millie will be getting back to work on Stranger Things. Still, the girls are trying to schedule some girl-time whenever they can swing it.
You can read the entirety of Millie Bobby Brown’s interview here.
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