Millie Bobby Brown has continued to surprise and defy expectations since becoming a global superstar with Netflix’s Stranger Things. The twice Emmy-nominated actor became the highest-paid cast member on “Stranger Things” as of season 3 at age 18, tied with David Harbor and Winona Ryder at $350,000 per episode per Variety. Additionally, Access Hollywood reported in July that Brown was paid $10 million to return in the 2019 sequel Enola Holmes, making her the highest-paid actress under 20 in all of Hollywood. The performance is even more impressive given Brown’s more humble beginnings. As the young star once told BBC News (via News18), her father only drove her to auditions after she memorized every line because “we didn’t have enough money for gas.”
In 2017, Brown also made the revelation that she had developed her wildly successful acting career while she was semi-deaf. Speaking to Variety, Brown shared that although she was born partially deaf in one ear, over time her hearing completely left that ear. Although Brown couldn’t hear herself fully speaking or singing, that didn’t stop her from performing. “If you really enjoy it, then do it. Nobody should stop you from doing that,” she told Variety at the time.
One of the most unique talents of her generation, Brown recently revealed another surprising facet of her multidimensional life.
Millie Bobby Brown enters higher education to give back
Millie Bobby Brown is a college student — well, sort of! In a revealing interview in Allure’s September issue, Brown shared that she was enrolled online at Purdue University in Indiana. As Brown told the magazine, she’s studying human services, where “you learn about the system and how to help young people.” According to Purdue’s website, the Human Services program revolves around helping others “improve their lives,” equipping students with knowledge of “human development and family studies, skills for working with people in service agencies, and program evaluation skills.” Potential careers for those with a Human Services degree range from autism specialists to youth workers.
Although it’s unknown how Brown will ultimately use her education, the actress has been active in helping other youth for some time. Working with her family’s production company, PCMA Productions, Brown realized she could help shape the future through media. Explaining to Allure that “at first it was really fun,” Brown finally recognized, “Gosh, I could really do things with it.”
In addition to higher education, acting, and producing, Brown has also dedicated herself to humanity to help others. In November 2018, UNICEF announced her at the age of 14 as the youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador. Brown has dedicated her efforts to youth-specific issues like school safety and tackling bullying, and upon her appointment said she looks forward to “meeting as many children and young people as I can, hearing their stories, and speaking up for them.”