Millie Bobby Brown Revealed She’s Deaf in One Ear

It's the first time she's opened up about this

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With Stranger Things 2 out now on Netflix, Millie Bobby Brown is back in the iconic role of Eleven, which launched her into stardom last year. In an in-depth cover story for Variety, the 13-year-old actress made many revelations, including the remarkable fact that she’s deaf in one ear.

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Brown told the magazine that she was born with partial loss of hearing on one side, and after years of ear tubes her hearing eventually faded away completely. As a result, she can’t fully hear her performances, but that doesn’t stop her, whether she’s acting or singing, a relatively new pursuit.

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“I just started to sing, and if I sound bad I don’t care, because I’m just doing what I love,” she told Variety. “You don’t have to be good at singing. You don’t have to be good at dancing or acting. If you like to do it, if you genuinely enjoy doing it, then do it. No one should stop you.” 

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Not only does she sing, Brown raps. And she does it well.

With Jimmy Fallon as her hype man, Brown rapped a Season 1 recap of Stranger Things during a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, complete with an eggo-throwing finale.

Millie, we’re available to go eggo throwing with you anytime!

Aside from her newfound love of singing, Brown told Variety that she knew at age 8 that she wanted to become an actress.

“It was like a bug,” she told the magazine. “I know this sounds crazy, but once I find something I want to do, nobody’s stopping me.”

She continued, “If I don’t know how to sew, and I really had that passion to sew, that’s it, I’m going to sew. That’s also with acting. So here I am.”

Tricia Tongco
Tricia Tongco

Tricia is a writer and senior editor at AwesomenessTV. She loves living in Los Angeles but misses the ample parking of Orange County. She has covered arts, culture, and politics for HuffPost and ATTN.