Millie Bobby Brown admitted that she couldn’t identify with Disney stars Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus or their shows, despite watching them.
From 2007 to 2012, Selena rose to prominence as Alex Russo on the Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.” She played a sassy and feisty wizard.
Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus portrayed “Hannah Montana” from 2006 to 2011, a youngster who had a secret life as a successful pop singer of the same name. It was an alter ego she created in order to maintain her anonymity and live a normal adolescent life.
Millie Bobby Brown recently stated that, despite having grown up watching both series, she saw a lot of herself in her character, “Enola Holmes,” and saw her as a role model she never had as a child.
“Enola Holmes” is Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister in the Netflix film.
The “Stranger Things” actress gushed about her young detective character, Enola, saying she has a lot of fantastic traits that are both great and bad.
“We use comedy to deflect and project.”
“And I think that it’s quite nice implementing so many parts of who I am into her. Because growing up, I had these American lead actresses that I’d always look up to.”
Despite falling in love with Selena and Miley’s characters on Disney, the British actress stated:
“I never had anyone that sounded like me, that was where I was from, that was a girl.”
Millie Bobby Brown stated that it is fantastic to have that inspiration to look up to and for many young girls to be motivated by recognizing flaws in her character because she desired Enola as a child.
She said of Enola:
“She’s layered, she’s not perfect. And I think that’s something that we love to see. But for me, I love implementing most of my flaws into Enola because it’s truthful.”
“And I love seeing that. We are very similar and I like showing the worse side to who she is as well.”
The 18-year-old actress also discussed how she broke down business barriers and how she and her character don’t fit into anything that’s “not suitable for us, and we persevere through that if that be incorrect or good.”