Millie Bobby Brown opened up about downsides of coming of age in the spotlight.
Brown celebrated her 18th birthday in February and said there is a “gross” change in “the way people act” towards her now.
During an appearance on The Guilty Feminist podcast, Brown said, “I deal with the same things any 18-year-old is dealing with: navigating being an adult and having relationships and friendships, and it’s all of those things. Being liked and trying to fit in, it’s all a lot, and you’re trying to find yourself while doing that. The only difference is that obviously, I’m doing that in the public eye.”
The Stranger Things star said the coming of age is “really overwhelming.”
“I have definitely been dealing with that, more within the last two weeks of turning 18. Definitely seeing a difference between the way people act and the way the press and social media have reacted to me coming of age.”
Brown said turning 18 shouldn’t change anything, “But it’s gross, and it’s true. I think it’s just a very good representation of what’s going on in the world and how young girls are sexualized. And so I have been dealing with that, but also have been dealing with that for forever.”
On the star’s 16th birthday, she wrote an Instagram post about the “sexualization” and “unnecessary insults” she has to endure.