Stranger Things Eleven actor Millie Bobby Brown explains why Steven Spielberg’s E.T. is her favorite movie she watched as preparation for the show.
Mille Bobby Brown reveals that Steven Spielberg’s E.T. was her favorite ’80s movie that she watched to prepare for Stranger Things. Debuting in 2017, Netflix’s Stranger Things quickly became a major hit and recently debuted the first 7 episodes of its supersized season 4. The show chronicles the journey of Eleven (Brown), a young girl with superpowers who befriends a group of nerdy youngsters after escaping a sinister government lab.
Stranger Things is beloved for a number of reasons, including its strong cast, horror, humor, and impressive creature effects, but also in large part due to its nostalgic 1980s setting. The first season of the show takes place in the summer of 1983 while most of the action in season 4 is taking place in 1986. While Stranger Things has forged its own path with exciting new characters and ideas, it also continuously references and draws from 1980s films. Stranger Things creators the Duffer Brothers have previously cited E.T., The Goonies, Stand By Me, Carrie, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street as major influences, just to name a few.
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On a new episode of “Hot Ones” from First We Feast on YouTube, Brown breaks down one movie she watched as preparation for her role, revealing that E.T. really resonated with her because of the similarities between the titular extraterrestrial and her own character of Eleven. In some ways, Eleven is like an alien from another planet, she explains. Check out Brown’s full comment below:
“I love E.T. E.T. reminds me of Eleven a lot because, you know, E.T. is this things that’s come down from a different planet and it kind of feels like Eleven’s come down from this different planet. [E.T.] doesn’t know anyone and trusts Elliot and I think Eleven trusts Mike and it’s quite a nice resemblance.”
While E.T. is likely not the only film Brown watched to prepare for her role in Stranger Things, it’s easy to see why the film resonated with her. When audiences first meet Brown’s Eleven, she’s been isolated in an underground lab for most of her life, making many aspects of regular daily life completely foreign to her, much as they were to E.T. in Spielberg’s 1982 classic. Similarly, as Brown explains, the bond between E.T. and Elliot and the bond between Eleven and Mike are also similar, with Mike acting as Eleven’s introduction to modern society and helping her see the importance of love and friendship.
In season 4 of Stranger Things, the relationship between Eleven and E.T. are less apparent. Eleven has grown and changed a lot since first appearing in season 1 and she’s now much more independent and more acclimated to life outside of the lab. As Stranger Things continues to evolve, it has taken inspiration from new films, with season 1’s E.T. vibe now replaced with more horror-focused themes akin to those found in A Nightmare on Elm Street. For Brown, however, it’s clear that E.T. remains an important touchstone for her character all these years later.
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