Netflix’s major hit Stranger Things premiered in 2016, and its star Millie Bobby Brown is about ready for the series to be over. In a recent interview with Seventeen, the 19-year-old admitted she’d been living in Hawkins long enough.
“I’m definitely able to wrap up. I feel like there’s lots of the story that is been told now,” she said. “It has been in our lives for a really very long time. But I’m very able to say goodbye to this chapter of my life, and open recent ones up.”
Brown added, “I’m in a position to create stories myself which might be essential to me and concentrate on the larger picture. But I’m really grateful [for the show].”
Brown was only 12 when she debuted as Eleven, a woman with telekinetic powers who has escaped a government testing facility, an alternate dimension, and various monsters every season. The show has spanned her entire teenage life, and it’s no wonder Brown is happy to see who she is outside of Stranger Things, as an individual and a performer.
Meanwhile, she has had other projects, including her two movies on Netflix, Enola Holmes and the sequel Enola Holmes 2. She’s also set to star in two upcoming movies: Damsel and Anthony and Joe Russo’s The Electric State.
In Enola Holmes, Brown plays the younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, played by Henry Cavill. She joked during an interview with Today that filming the 2 movies made her nervous about returning to the Stranger Things set. Her character Enola incessantly breaks the fourth wall, and she or he anxious it will turn into a habit.
“While filming, I had a dream that I used to be on the set of Stranger Things, and I could not stop the camera,” Brown said. “And now, I actually have this deep-rooted fear that now I won’t ever stop the camera. So now, I’m so obsessive about it.”
It took some time for Stranger Things to premiere their fourth season after COVID-19 delays stopped production, but season five is anticipated to start shooting in June of 2023.
Creators Matt and Ross Duffer said in an interview with TVLine that the brand new season will probably include a time jump, because those original teens are young adults now.
“I’m sure we are going to do a time jump,” said Ross. “Ideally, we would have shot [seasons 4 and 5] back to back, but there was just no feasible method to do this. So these are all discussions we’ll have with our writers once we start the room up.”
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, can be released by Dial Press in February 2022.