Dear Bobby Brown of Stranger Things: Eleven did not create upside down

ATTENTION SPOILER: This story discusses several major plot developments in Season 4, Vol. 1 of “Strange things“Currently streaming on Netflix.

For Season 4 of “Strange Things” Dear Bobby Brown she had the rare opportunity to reconsider the role she had been playing since she was only 11 years old, directing another girl to play an even younger version of the character. Extended retrospectives set in 1979 – four years before the events of season 1 of the series – depict Eleven’s time as a captive child in Hawkins’ lab with Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine). Since most of these series are viewed through the prism of Eleven’s memoirs, Brown performs most of these scenes. But from time to time, young actor Marty Blair (“The Young and the Restless”) advocated for the 9-year-old version of Eleven, and her face was digitally replaced by Brown’s in the post-production.

As 18-year-old Brown explained Diversityshe works hard with Blair on set for these scenes to help her capture how Eleven will move and react.

“I said to myself, ‘Let me take you through what I’ve been through and we’ll understand it together,'” she said. “It was really nice.”

Brown also discussed what it’s like to swim in the saltwater tank that Eleven uses to access her repressed childhood memories, why she implicitly trusts Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer, and what she thinks. really happened in the final scene of Vol. 1 of Season 4 – when the young Eleven sends One (Jamie Campbell Bower) to Oborena, where he begins to transform into Windows.

One of the most impressive things about this season is seeing the younger Eleven in contrast to you now. How did this work for you?

This process was very unique to me. I really had to sit down with The Duffer brothers and Sean Levy to find out exactly what’s going on, who’s playing what and how it’s going to happen. After we discussed it, it only made sense to play my younger self, and every time she sees her reflection or remembers a memory, it’s her [actual] younger me. We have this amazing little kid to play me, Marty Blair.

How did the face replacement go?

I went to LA and we did this really great process called Lola machine. I worked in this room for three days, doing essentially every scene Marty had done, but I just acted with my face to repeat all her movements. It was a really interesting process – definitely once in a lifetime.

How did you work with Marty when she was filming her backup scenes?

It was really important for me to help her overcome this, because I didn’t really have anyone to help me fight who Eleven would be. I would come to put her in front of my stages and guide her through everything. I would hide behind the wall and shout with her when she bothered to shout to fulfill my strength. I would help her with some of her facial twitches and things like that – very specific things that probably no one would say, but watching the show, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t help her overcome that.

The Duffers, too told my colleague that in order to get Eleven to reach the right age in retrospect, they sent the VFX team MUSIC from you from “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”, because you were about 9 years old then.

I did not know that. Go. This is wild.

So how did you feel when you finally saw the final version and yourself, in general, as a nine-year-old?

I mean, it always shocks me what we can do in our show. I was so happy with the result. And, you know, Marty’s performance was amazing. They just had to add my face to it. This mixture of all of us to work, to collaborate together – it was so strange, so different.

Today on the show, Eleven is also taking a step back socially after moving to California – Martin even tells her that she is in regression. How was it for you to play, given the progress you are making in Season 3?

It was really nice to see Eleven deal with some of the biggest and most realistic monsters in the world, such as harassment and self-identification. These are things that I have personally gone through and struggled with. As a 17-year-old girl, you’re starting to gain more autonomy and you’re really trying to get on your feet, and that’s what Eleven is trying to do. She is trying to continue her journey without the male influence in her life. So I think she needs to regress, go through these things to keep going and put her best foot forward.

For every shot of Eleven inside Nina’s tank, I was constantly worried that the water would get in your eyes. What was it like shooting?

I will not lie, it was difficult. The amount of salt they put in there to make me swim is real. They actually take an egg and put it in the water, and if it comes out, then I can come in. I’m there for a few days, 10 to 12 hours a day. Everyone is moving around you and you can’t get out. I couldn’t hear anyone because my ears were obviously under water. So when I got notes, I just hoped I was doing what they might say. We had to use a microphone to pass on my note. I also suffer from claustrophobia, so when we closed the tank, I definitely felt like, “Oh my God, I’m eleven, I’m really going through this.” Apparently, what she had to go through to relive those memories was probably harder than a tank, though.

In retrospect, what was it like for you to go back to Eleven’s thinking at that age? She is so young and everything is so harsh and horrible.

Because she was raised in an asylum with a man with whom she is not biologically connected, but is emotionally and psychologically attached and connected, she really suffers from severe Stockholm syndrome. I didn’t know that when I was 10, because no one would explain it to me – and I probably didn’t need to know. But now that I’m 17, going back to that 10-year-old, I’ve learned all this new information about Eleven. So I had to bring a whole new dynamic and perception to Eleven that I had never been able to explore because of how young I was. This man who hurts her, Dad, he loves her too. And to face him again, in this relationship that is so destructive and so painful, was one of the hardest things I had to do on the show.

MORE WONDERFUL THINGS.  (Left to right) Jamie Campbell Bower as Peter Ballard and Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in MORE WONDERFUL THINGS.  kr.  Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

In the last episode of Vol. 1, Jamie Campbell Bower presents you an extended monologue that explains so much about his character and the mythology of the series itself. First, what was it like shooting when El had to be terrified for so long?

What I found really interesting about the scene is that it really completes the memories she has to go through. So, I mean, honestly, on The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a young actor in my short career is to play Eleven, recovering from dissociative amnesia. She really needs to remember something her brain had protected her from. So she doesn’t really remember this conversation because our brains protect us from it. I have to almost pretend that I have already been through what was also very difficult, and then experience it again. It is so emotional and so confusing because this little man is told all this information and is almost asked to join him in this evil and demonic journey he wants to continue. And again, returning to the identity, this is the moment when she realizes that she is not the monster.

Was it satisfying to get so many questions about Eleven and the Upside Down?

Of course. I have so many questions for years and years about where Eleven comes from, who she is. What were Dr. Brenner’s intentions? What are his intentions now? Is he still alive? But, you know, the Duffer brothers, they’re the only people in this world who know Stranger Things better than we do. I believed that they would always bring him home and answer everyone’s questions. So this season was the season in which you will get answers to all these questions.

Please help settle the debate I’m having with my colleagues: Did the Duffers tell you that Eleven created the Inverted in the scene with Jamie’s character at the end?

They told me. She does. It opens the gap.

But was it upside down when she opened it, or did it not exist before she opened it?

This is too much debate to answer. I’m so worried. I mean – no, no, no. I think the alternate universe has always been there. That will always be the case with Hawkins. I just think she has access to it. I don’t think she created the Inverted. No, I think it was always there, I think she just created a gate to it that no one could before.

I got it.

Who won? Was it you or the colleague?

I think! So there are two more episodes of the season for Vol. 2, whose premiere is July 1 and each of them is in force feature film length. Did you have a feeling about it while shooting them?

Well, when I was shooting, I thought they were going to have to cut so much to fit into one-hour episodes, because we’ve been shooting for three years. Then when I was told that the episodes were, you know, really long, I said to myself, “Oh, well, now I understand.” everyone the stage stays inside. ‘ We just have a lot of stories to tell.

Eleven ends the volume. 1 has finally regained control of its powers – so what do you expect people to see in Vol. 2?

Going back to the Duffer brothers, they created Eleven in such a dynamic way this season and really directed and wrote this heroine with layers and layers that we have to peel off. These two episodes really give you an idea of ​​reviving this heroine and letting Eleven do what she has to do to save her friends.

The Duffers said they’re starting work on Season 5 soon – what would you most like to see happen?

Since the Duffers have always done everything I wanted for Eleven, I’ll leave it to them. I know this is a really boring answer, but I don’t think about it. As soon as I get on set, they tell me what I’m doing and that’s it. Let the geniuses be geniuses and let the actors play. Quote from Dear Bobby Brown!

This interview has been edited and shortened.

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