“I was so terrified… sobbing, crying”: Millie Bobby Brown Had to Overcome Her Real-Life Phobia While Filming ‘Damsel’ to Make a Stunt Look Authentic

Millie Bobby Brown had her close ones to help her make one Damsel scene realistic


Hollywood actress Millie Bobby Brown is one the finest actresses of her generation. An entrepreneur, philanthropist, and producer; she is a super accomplished woman. She rose to fame across the globe by playing Eleven in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things and has been unstoppable ever since. Her latest movie Damsel has been received spectacularly well on both the critical and viewership front.

Millie Bobby BrownMillie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things
Known for her exceptional commitment to her craft, Brown goes above and beyond to deliver her best. And Damsel was no exception. She fought her real-life phobia to make a scene look authentic.

Millie Bobby Brown Had To Face Her One Big Fear For Damsel

Damsel. Millie Bobby Brown as Elodie. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix ©2023
Acting is a heavily demanding endeavor. One is faced with various kinds of challenges. Millie Bobby Brown’s Damsel is the dynamic tale of a princess rising from the deep end and taking revenge on those who did her wrong. The film is filled with action and drama. And involves a good amount of stunts and action sequences.


However, one scene was particularly difficult for the Enola Holmes actress to perform in. Promoting the film at The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, the 20-year-old actress was asked if there were any stunts that she would deny doing. To which she responded:
“I am claustrophobic so I say no to anything, that are in tight spaces, I have to say no. And sure enough when I read that script…there was a lot. There was like one specific thing where I was basically crawling through a cave but it was the size of an air conditioning vent. And I was going through it and I said I can’t do it.”

Facing fears is hard for anyone but Millie Bobby Brown found her way around this one. She took on the challenge in true Eleven style.

How Did Millie Bobby Brown Overcome Her Claustrophobia?

Millie Bobby Brown in DamselMillie Bobby Brown in Damsel 
Millie Bobby Brown was hesitant when faced with her major fear. However, she was brave when she tried to film the scene regardless. It was with the help and support of people close to her and her director that she managed to film the scene.

The Enola Holmes actress told Jimmy Fallon how they asked her to try to do the scene again when she went back on the set the following week. She humored them. However, this time, she had her fiance and her assistant holding her feet so that she felt a little less scared. She further added:
“And then the director’s on the other side giving me positive affirmations. He was like ‘You’re doing great, Millie’. And I was like- thank you, sobbing crying. So when you see this scene in the movie- it was all real I wasn’t acting.” 
Either way, Brown managed to get the scene done. With an average rating of 5.4 on Rotten Tomatoes, the dark fantasy film has premiered on Netflix to mixed reviews

Damsel is available for streaming on Netflix.


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