Actress Milly Bobby Brown has been taking the internet by storm with the release of Stranger Things 3. But, did you know that the actress is deaf in one ear? In the media, she talks openly about her hearing loss.
I really enjoy watching Stranger Things and think she plays her role tremendously. More than anything, her character does not say much, so her visual acting has to be spot-on. She achieves this to such a high level that I can’t help thinking that this could be due to her hearing loss. Her emotional intensity and expressions come to the fore.
What’s your thinking? Do you think that hearing loss means that your non-verbal communication skills are more evident?
Read more about Variety Magazine’s interview with Milly Bobby Brown…
She shared with the magazine that she was born with partial loss of hearing in one of her ears, but eventually after years of tubes, her hearing completely faded away on that side.
In the first season of Stranger Things, Brown made use of her other senses when playing Eleven, who didn't talk much: “You can talk with your face,” she says matter-of-factly. “It’s very easy for someone to say, ‘I’m mad. I’m sad. I’m angry.’ I have to just do it with my face.”
When she’s performing—either acting or singing—she can’t fully hear herself perform, but no matter. “I just started to sing, and if I sound bad I don’t care, because I’m just doing what I love,” she says. “You don’t have to be good at singing. You don’t have to be good at dancing or acting. If you like to do it, if you genuinely enjoy doing it, then do it. No one should stop you.”
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