Millie Bobby Brown Talks Her Love Is Blind Obsession, Engagement Feels And Making Feminist Fairytale Damsel

Millie describes the proposal itself to GLAMOUR as “magical” – on top of a multitude of emotions when the ring took its plummet into the sea. “It was such a surreal experience to to have, especially underwater, but I would say my reaction went from shock, and then fear that I had dropped it and then happiness,” she recalls.

When it comes to balancing the loves of her life with her own empowerment, Millie knows what makes her feel strong without hesitation. “Women empower me,” she says instantly. “When I’m around women, I feel empowered and inspired.”

For Damsel, she worked alongside House of Cards star Robin Wright and Black Panther’s Angela Bassett, the latter of which played her stepmother. But the film swaps the “evil stepmother” trope for a humbling message of female solidarity, as Elodi’s stepmother does all that she can to save her from her fate.

“We’re not pitting women against each other, which I think is very common in today’s day and age,” Millie says. “I think it’s important to find camaraderie in women and see that on screen.”

A reminder of the sacrifices that women make for wider society throughout history runs deep through Damsel – and it’s one that Millie wanted to push as a call to arms. “The underbelly of the film is about female empowerment and equality. I will always push that message wherever I can.”

When it comes to taking care of her own body and mind, on and off set, the Stranger Things star has some seriously wholesome prerequisites.

“I just surrounded myself with really good energy, really good food. And I’m always on board with good reality TV,” she says, adding that Love Is Blind is her current show of choice, as is her fiancé Jake’s – “it’s his favourite too!”.

While her time on set and the film’s plot itself both demanded and championed resilience, Millie admits that her own resilience has been tested when it comes to criticism she faces online. “I think social media has a huge effect on on young people,” she says, including herself in that category. “I think I’ve definitely become more resilient to other people’s criticisms of me.”

Although she reflects on whether she channelled social media and subsequently other people’s thoughts on her life quicker than she needed to, she concluded that the platform does have its place for her to speak out against these criticisms. “I needed it to defend myself and to protect myself,” she says. Learning about setting boundaries with social media and what she takes from it has been “really important”, she adds.


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