Millie Bobby Brown is one among several child stars to talk about being constantly sexualized. Actors like Disney alum Cole Sprouse previously mentioned how much child stars faced in terms of constant sexualization, especially the female actors.
Brown turned 18 in February and wasn’t entirely appreciative of people’s reactions. According to the star, there was a noticeable difference in how she is currently treated than how she was handled before her 18th birthday.
In a recent interview, the actress referred to the reaction of the press and social media as “gross” and unwelcome. Brown also revealed that she would avoid posting personal content in the future due to the previous backlash she faced for a minor wardrobe change.
Millie Bobby Brown Said 18 felt ‘Overwhelming’
Brown recently spoke out about the horrors of being constantly sexualized right from her time as a child actor. The actress appeared on “The Guilty Feminist” Podcast and talked about how she handled the pressure of being a child star in Hollywood.
The 18-year-old 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.”
Brown added that she had to do all of this in the public eye, which only served to make her feel “overwhelmed.” “It can be really overwhelming,” she disclosed.
She Said The Social Media Reaction To Her Turning 18 Was ‘Gross’
The “Stranger Things” actress also talked about her recent birthday and the public’s reaction to her turning 18. According to her, people had treated her noticeably differently since her birthday than when she wasn’t of legal age.
“Definitely seeing a difference between the way people act,” she said. Brown also mentioned the press and social media’s reaction to her “coming of age,” labeling it “gross.” The actress said her experience in Hollywood gave a clear picture of “what’s going on in the world and how young girls are sexuality.”
The 18-year-old continued, “But it’s gross, and it’s true, and so 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 have also been dealing with that for forever.”
Millie Bobby Brown Will Not Post ‘Personal’ Content On Social Media
Earlier on in her career, Brown recalled a moment when she made a minor wardrobe change and got “crucified” for it. “Once I was going on the red carpet, and I thought, ‘Oh my god. I’m going to do a little low, just a little lower. I was like 16 and was like, ‘Mom, Dad, please. Can I please wear this to this awards show?”
She revealed that she got crucified for it. “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,” Brown said.
As a result, the actress won’t post any more personal information online because it is “the worst place of all time.” The “Enola Holmes” actress said, “I’m not posting anything personal anymore. You’re not gonna see that part of me. You get to see the things I choose to put out in the young girls.”
Cole Sprouse On Sexualization In Disney
The Blast recently covered former child star Cole Sprouse getting vocal about the sexualization of children actors in an interview with the New York Times . The “Riverdale” actor talked about how much “trauma” it caused the young actors.
Sprouse said, “The young women on the channel we were on [Disney Channel] were so heavily sexualized from such an earlier age than my brother and I that there’s absolutely no way that we could compare our experiences.” He added that everyone subject to it always had a “unique experience.”
The 29-year-old also mentioned that while the public had no issue criticizing child stars who went “nuts,” they totally ignored the trauma that came with being famous. Sprouse mentioned being “violently defensive” when people speak badly about his fellow Disney alums because “I don’t feel like it adequately comprehends the humanity of that experience and what it takes to recover.”
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