Growing up right before fans’ eyes! Millie Bobby Brown was cast as Eleven on Stranger Things in 2016, and she’s since become a household name.

“I feel like 18 doesn’t really mean I’m an adult. Like, I don’t think I’m ever gonna be an adult,” the actress told Seventeen in January 2022, a month before her 18th birthday. “I heavily rely on my family for everything I do. A good life lesson I’ve learned is to just be grateful and understand where you came from, to always help others, and to keep creating things that make people happy. My biggest thing is just constantly promoting positivity and making people smile.”

The actress’ first Hollywood role was as Young Alice in two episodes of Once Upon a Time. She appeared on a few other TV shows before being cast in the Netflix series that would completely change her life. While playing Eleven on Stranger Things, Millie has also gotten the opportunity to star in other movies on the streaming service.

“I’ve been really lucky to know that I want to be an actor,” she explained to Glamour U.K. in August 2020. “I think Enola Holmes also taught me that being with yourself, being your own biggest critic, being your own biggest support team is so important, too. I rely on myself to give myself self-love, because that’s just literally the only way I can.”

Other than starring as the title character in Enola Holmes, Millie was able to produce the project.

“I was very nervous. I’m not going to lie,” she told the publication about her newfound role. “I’ve never done that before so to be honest I wasn’t coming onto set like, ‘I have authority.’ I came on set like, ‘Should I say this? Should I say that?’ It was always nerve-racking because I’ve just never done that before. But as soon as I walked on to set, I didn’t even have those thoughts come into my head. I just said, ‘Oh, should we try this, or should we try that?’ It just naturally came to me; it was such an amazing opportunity for me to learn and grow. I love putting my input in and have it been appreciated and listened to.”

While the actress has tons of projects in the works, one of the first things she gets to do in adulthood is say goodbye to the character that kicked off her career. In February 2022, it was announced that season 5 would be the last of Stranger Things.

Scroll through our gallery to see Millie’s transformation over the years. 

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