Watch Millie Bobby Brown from 'Stranger Things' get her iconic buzzcut to play Eleven

Watch Millie Bobby Brown from 'Stranger Things' get her iconic buzzcut to play Eleven

The Netflix retro-sci-fi show Stranger Things was an overnight sensation when it debuted in July. Critics almost universally lauded the children in the cast — especially the mysterious Eleven, a girl with supernatural abilities, not many social skills (she's been raised in a lab) and a killer buzzcut. 

David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown from 'Stranger Things'Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown from 'Stranger Things'  Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

When viewers first meet Eleven, her look is, well, a little unnerving: She's clad in a ragged hospital gown, her head is shaved and she's got the darty eyes of a cornered field mouse. 

But the actress who plays Eleven, 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown, didn't start off looking much like her character at all. In order to transform into Eleven, Brown had to take on the persona of a frightened and frightening telekinetic kid — and she had to shave all her hair off. 

On Sunday, Brown tweeted out the video of the moment she shaved her head to play Eleven — and it's pretty dramatic.

Back in July, Brown told Vulture that shaving her head was actually a bigger deal for her mom than it was for her. 

"I had very long hair and I cut it all off for the part," she said. "I read the script and I was so happy with my character and I thought, 'This is how it's gotta be.'"

"My mom and my grandpa were like, 'No, you can't do that,'" she continued. "It took me 12 years — well, 11 years — to grow something. [My hair] wasn't thick, but it was long. And then they shaved it all off and it was very hard for my parents. But I convinced them. I was like, 'Dude, it grows back. It's fine.'"

It does grow back, but, assuming there's going to be a season two of Stranger Things, Brown may have to get those clippers out again.

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