brake alert: This story discusses several major plot developments in Season 4, Vol. 1 of “Weird thingsCurrently streaming on Netflix.
For the fourth season of “Stranger Things”, Millie Bobby Brown She had a rare opportunity to revisit the role she’s been playing since she was barely 11, by directing another girl to play a younger version of the character. The extended flashback sequence set in 1979—four years before the events of the series’ first season—depicts the time of Eleven as a child captive in Hawkins’ laboratory with Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine). Since the vast majority of these sequences are seen through the prism of Eleven’s memories, Brown performed most of those scenes. But occasionally young actress Marty Blair (“The Young and the Restless”) stood in the 9-year-old version of Eleven, her face digitally replaced with Brown’s in post-production.
As explained by the 18-year-old diverseShe worked extensively with Blair on a set of those scenes, to help her capture how Eleven would have reacted.
“I was like, ‘Let me take you through what you’ve been through and we’ll figure it out together,'” she says. “It was really cool.”
Brown also discussed what it was like to float in the saltwater tank Eleven uses to access her repressed childhood memories, and why she implicitly trusts “Stranger Things” creators Matt and Ross Duffer and what she believes truly It happened in the last scene of Vol. Season 1 of 4 – When young Eleven One (Jamie Campbell Bower) is sent to the Upside Down, where he begins to transform into Vecna.
One of the most amazing things about this season is seeing the younger Eleven unlike you now. How did that work on your end?
That process was very unique to me. I really had to sit down with Dover Brothers and Shawn Levy to understand exactly what was going on, who was playing what and how that would work. Once we talked about it, it only made sense to make me play with my younger self, and every time you see her reflection, or remember a memory, it’s her [actual] the youngest. We got this amazing little kid to play with me, Marty Blair.
How does face replacement work?
I went to Los Angeles and we did this really cool process called the Lola Machine. For three days, I worked in this room and did basically every scene Marty did, but I just acted on my face to repeat all of her movements. It was a really fun process – definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
How were you working with Marty when she was shooting her stand-up scenes?
It was really important for me to help her through this because I didn’t have anyone help me figure out who Eleven would be. I’d come to put in front of the viewer and guide her through everything. I would hide behind the wall and scream with her when she was worried about screaming to do my best. I was going to help her with some of her facial twitches and things like that – very specific things that probably no one would tell her, but watching the show, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t help her through he-she.
Duffers too tell my colleague In order to make Eleven of the right age in flashbacks, they sent a visual effects team pins Those of you from Once Upon a Time in Wonderland since you were about 9 years old.
I didn’t know that. Fabulous. This is brutal.
So how did you feel when you finally saw the final version at the age of nine?
I mean, it always shocks me what we can do on our show. I was very happy with the result. And as you know, Marty’s performance was amazing. They just had to add my face to it. This combination of all of us working, collaborating – it was very strange, very different.
In today’s day of the show, Eleven is also regressing socially after moving to California — Martin even told her she was regressing. How was that for you, given your progress in season three?
It was really cool to see Eleven deal with some of the biggest and most realistic monsters in the world, such as bullying and self-identity. These are things that I have personally experienced and been struggling with. As a 17-year-old girl, you start to gain more independence and really try to get back on your feet, and that’s what Eleven is trying to do. She tries to continue her journey without the male influence in her life. So I think she should step back, go through these things to keep going and give her best.
In every shot where Eleven is inside Nina’s tank, I kept worrying that water would pool in your eyes. How was that like photography?
I won’t lie, that was hard. The amount of salt they put in there for me to float is real. They actually get an egg and put it in the water, and if it floats, then I can get 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 clearly underwater. So when I was getting feedback, I was just hoping to do what they were probably saying. We had to use a microphone so they could deliver their notes to me. Also, I suffer from claustrophobia, so when we closed the tank, I definitely felt like, “Oh my God, I’m eleven, I’m really struggling with this.” Clearly, what she had to go through, reclaiming those memories, was probably more difficult than a tank.
In flashback sequences, how did you feel when you put yourself back into the Eleven mentality of that age? It’s so small, it’s all cruel and terrifying.
Since she grew up in a sanatorium with a man with whom she is not biologically related, but emotionally, psychologically and connected to him, she suffers from serious Stockholm Syndrome. I didn’t know this when I was 10, because no one explained it to me – and I probably don’t need to know. But now when I was seventeen, going back to that 10-year-old character, I learned all this new information about eleven. So I brought a whole new dynamism and visualization to Eleven that I was never able to explore because I was young. That person who hurt her, Papa, also loves her more. And facing him again, in this very destructive and very painful relationship, was one of the hardest things I had to do on the show.
In the last episode of Vol. 1, Jamie Campbell Bower brings you an extended monologue that explains a lot about his character and the legends of the series itself. First, how was that like shooting, where El must remain in a state of terror for so long?
What I found really interesting about the scene is that this really wraps up the memory that you have to relive. So, I mean in all honesty, The The hardest thing I’ve had to do as a young actor, in my short career, is have to perform Eleven recovering from dissociative amnesia. She really has to remember something her brain is protecting her from. So this conversation, it’s really not remembering because our brain protects us from it. I have to pretend I’ve already gone through it, which was very difficult as well, and then put it back in again. It’s very emotional and confusing, because this little guy is being told all this information and almost asked to join him on this evil and diabolical journey that he wants to go on. And again, back to self-identity, this is the moment when you realize that she is not the beast.
Was it satisfying that he answered so many questions about Eleven and The Upside Down?
naturally. I’ve had a lot of questions for years and years about where Eleven came from and 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 trusted that they would always bring her home and answer everyone’s questions. So this season was the season where you’ll get answers to all of these questions.
Please help settle a discussion I had with my colleagues: Did the Duffers tell you that Eleven created Upside Down in the scene with Jamie’s character at the end?
They told me. She does. The crack opens.
But was the Upside Down really there when you opened it, or was it not there before you opened it?
This is a very big discussion for me to answer. I am very worried. I think – no, no, no. I think the alternate universe has always been there. That will always be under Hawkins. I just think she has access to it. I don’t think it created the Upside Down. No, I think it’s always been there, I think it created a portal for it that no one else could before.
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who won? Is it you or your colleague?
I think! So there are two more season episodes for Vol. 2, which premieres on July 1, and every single one of them is effective movie length. Did you feel this when you were shooting them?
Well, when I was shooting, I was like, they’re going to have to cut a lot to fit the hour-long episodes, because we’ve been shooting for three years. And then when they told me the episodes were, you know, really long, I was like, ‘Oh, well, now I get it– All The scene stays in. We have so many stories to tell.
Eleven ends vol. 1 She has finally regained control of her powers – so what are you looking forward to for people to see in Vol. 2?
Back in the Duffer brothers, they’ve created Eleven in such a dynamic way this season, and they’ve really directed and written this heroine with layers and layers that we have to peel. These two episodes really give you an insight into this heroine coming back to life and allowing Eleven to do what she needs to do in order to save her friends.
The Duffers said they’ll be starting work on Season 5 soon – what’s the one thing you most want to happen?
Since the Duffers have always done everything I wanted for Eleven, I’ll leave it up to them. I know it’s a really boring answer, but I don’t think about it. Once I start, they tell me what to do, and that’s it. Let the geniuses be the geniuses and let the actors act. Quote from Millie Bobby Brown!
This interview has been edited and condensed.