Millie Bobby Brown Was Suuuper Close to Giving Up Acting Before Starring in ‘Stranger Things’

Starr Bowenbank
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Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images
Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

  • Millie Bobby Brown wanted to quit acting before starring in Stranger Things because she failed to get a part on Game of Thrones.

  • Right as she was about to give up, Millie went to one last audition, during which she nabbed the now-famous role of Eleven.

We simply cannot discuss great television of the 2010s without mentioning the pop culture phenomenon that is Stranger Things. I mean, we just can’t! It was—and still is—so iconic that it basically turned everyone in the cast into a star overnight. But believe it or not, Millie Bobby Brown almost robbed herself of the chance to become a household name because she seriously considered quitting before landing her breakthrough role as Eleven.

During her recent appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Millie said she was pretty much ready to throw in the towel after failing to get a role on Game of Thrones.

“Like, this industry is just full of rejection, 24/7. You get far more nos—a lot of nos—before you get a yes. I was auditioning for commercials, for anything, really. I then auditioned for Game of Thrones and I got a no for that. Then that’s kind of when I was like, ‘Oh, this is really difficult,’ because I guess I really wanted that role,” she said.

Thankfully, Millie decided to give acting one last try with a final audition. “One of my last kind of gos at this was this Netflix show called Montauk. And I auditioned. And then, two months later, they got back to us and was like, ‘Hey, we’d love to Skype with you,’” Millie continued. “I Skyped with them, and the rest is history, of course. We then named the show Stranger Things, but Montauk was definitely the one that kind of gave me that hope of doing it all again.”

Of course, it would’ve been lovely to see Millie have a role in Game of Thrones, but everything happens for a reason, as they say! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to binge-watch Stranger Things season 3 (yes, again) until we get more deets on season 4. Ciao!

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