New York — Emmy nominee Millie Bobby Brown continues to show wisdom beyond her years. The 14-year old Stranger Things star, who is no stranger to social media trolls, hopes young people can “rise above the hate” and “not let anyone change you.”
Before a panel discussion Tuesday, the young star shared her thoughts on dealing with online bullying. She also provided a shred of information on the show’s upcoming third season, and the challenges that come with an Emmy nod.
“Umm, what to wear, honestly. And who to call,” Brown said of the latter.
The call was to her older sister.
“I was so happy. It was a great moment for my whole family. We all collapsed, and then we went back to our day. There was nothing really quite special, but it was amazing,” Brown said.
Being bullied was most definitely not amazing. Earlier this summer, Brown deactivated her Twitter account after being harassed online. She no longer looks at comments and remains active on Instagram.
“You rise above the hate. You don’t listen to what anybody says because at the end of the day that’s their issue that they’re dealing with. Clearly, they have some, you know, something that’s happening with them and they’re just insecure and that’s OK, because every teenager is insecure. But I think that it’s just important to rise above it, you know. Know your worth and, and just be yourself and continue to be yourself and don’t let anyone change that,” Brown said.
And she also has a famous friend to lean on.
“I think you know Karlie Kloss, the model, she’s amazing and I love her. She gave me some amazing advice. Again, just like rise above the hate. Keep being, you know, beautiful within yourself, and then that will show beauty inward out.”
Brown calls the philosophy “a great way to live” especially when it comes to herself, and other young people growing up in the age of social media and online bullying.
“It’s not all about your looks. It’s about who you are as a person, and I think that’s just — it’s very hard at this age. Being a teenager, you don’t know who you are,” she said.
Brown received a supporting actress nod for her role as Eleven in Stranger Things. Though the Netflix series won’t return until next summer, Brown said the new season is “everything the fans want.” She explained: “It’s like a crazy moment for each character.”
She joked about the craziness of balancing her successful career with being a teen.
“I’m 14. I’m getting on, you know,” she said. “My back is starting to ache. It’s starting to — it’s a little much. I might retire soon, you know.”