Millie Bobby Brown From Stranger Things Is Deaf In One Ear
If you’re a big fan of Stranger Things then you’re aware of Millie Bobby Brown, a thirteen-year-old actor who plays Eleven. Last week, she announced to the world that she is deaf in one ear. This came as a surprise to everyone, but an awesome one (at least to those of us that can relate to her).
Growing up, she had tubes in her ears to help drain some fluid buildup, but at some point in her life, they stopped working and she lost her hearing in that ear. (I’m not sure which ear it is.) That’s pretty much it. She doesn’t use ASL or BSL. I don’t know if she went through any speech therapy or anything.
Millie mentioned that singing is something she likes to do and her deaf ear doesn’t bother her. If she doesn’t sound good, she doesn’t care. The only thing that matters to her is that she’s having fun doing it. With that said, she wants to do a show on Broadway one day and I think that’s pretty awesome. Considering there are many deaf and hard of hearing musicians out there from rappers, singers, to instrument players, it’s absolutely possible.
Personally, I love that Millie said this. There’s still a stigma in Hollywood when it comes to deaf and hard of hearing actors. Hollywood continues to make deaf roles, but often give them to hearing actors and don’t give deaf actors a chance to audition. I know that being hard of hearing (I don’t know how she really identifies herself, but we’ll use this term for now) isn’t a huge part of Millie’s identity, from what I’ve seen so far, but I’m hoping that this would help steer Hollywood in the right direction even a little bit. Yes, deaf and hard of hearing actors can act. No, hearing or lack thereof is not an issue on set (and I imagine the set of Stranger Things isn’t exactly the simplest set in the world).
I did make a video about this, so if you would like to watch that, please view it below.
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