Hail… Indiana? Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is a student at Purdue University.
The actress, who plays psychokinetic and telepathic teenager Eleven on the show, says she takes online classes affiliated with the West Lafayette, Indiana institution, an institution mentioned more than once in the Netflix megahit.
The 18-year-old Brit told Allure magazine that she is studying Human Services to “learn about the system and how to help young people”. The online Purdue Global program offers bachelor’s, associate’s and master’s degrees in social and behavioral sciences that enable students to pursue careers in areas such as child welfare/protection, public relations and services, and family support.
Officials at Brown and Purdue University did not immediately respond Monday to the Times request for further comment.
A college course is just one of the many plates Brown is spinning. Aside from recording an album “so bad but so fun” during the pandemic lockdown, she works as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and focuses on menstrual health and education for young women. expanding her cosmetics brand Florence by Mills; and she found time to write two screenplays with her sister Paige. PCMA Productions, the production company that Brown founded with her family, is also producing the Netflix sequel Enola Holmes and the fantasy adventure Damsel starring her, Robin Wright and Angela Bassett.
The former child actress — who moved to Los Angeles when she was 8 to pursue an acting career and landed on Stranger Things when she was 10 — told the magazine she recognizes and acknowledges the responsibility that comes with her global platform .
“Of course, people can see it as pressure or fear, but I think that’s the most exciting part of my job,” Brown said. “People all look at me, ‘What are you trying to say, Millie?’ I will say, “Young girls deserve an education. Young people deserve equal rights everywhere. [You] deserve to love the people you want to love. Be the people you want to be and achieve the dreams you want to achieve.’ That is my message.”
Brown also dismissed the “unhealthy situation” that involved her in 2020 after her ex, TikTok star Hunter Echo (real name Hunter Ecimovic), went live on social media to claim he had been grooming her and she allegedly sexually assaulted. She summed up their previous relationship as “Blip” and said she channeled the saga into her intense performances in Stranger Things 4.
“I felt very vulnerable,” she said. “Plus, no one on set knew I was going through this. So it was kind of nice that I could deal with it myself and no one else knew about it. Then it was harder when the whole world knew about it.”
Brown said she went through “a year of healing” because of the ordeal. (She is currently dating Jake Bongiovi, son of rocker Jon Bon Jovi.)
“When you are publicly humiliated like this, I felt so out of control and powerless. Walking away and knowing that I’m worth everything and that person didn’t take anything from me felt very empowering. It felt like my life had finally turned a page and I had actually finished a chapter that felt so long,” she said.
“Ultimately in my career I just wanted to help young girls and young people out there to know that I’m going through things too. I’m not that perfect person who sells skin care products and [who is] in “Stranger Things”. I made absolutely wrong decisions.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-08-15/hail-purdue-millie-bobby-brown-is-taking-online-classes-through-the-indiana-university Millie Bobby Brown studying online at Purdue University