Late last night—at 3:01 a.m. on the dot on the east coast—season two of Stranger Things finally premiered, and Millie Bobby Brown returned to the screens of all types as Eleven, having left behind both the Upside Down and, perhaps even more shockingly, her buzzcut, with season one.
As jarring as it was to see on-screen, Eleven's new hairstyle wasn't a total surprise: Her mop of unruly curls made waves when they showed up in the show's final trailer on Friday the 13th, even inspiring their own memes. In fact, the most shocking change in Brown's appearance came a few hours earlier on Thursday night, when she showed up to its premiere last night in Los Angeles looking at first completely unrecognizable, thanks to a very standard-looking head of shoulder-length brown hair, complete with a completely ordinary middle part.
Since shaving her head for the role—in case you've been living under a rock, Brown plays a tween who was raised in a lab as a secret government experience, hence her supernatural powers, shaved head, and frequent nosebleeds—the actress has kept her hair just long enough for some mini French braids, but definitely short enough to consistently slick back on the red carpet. Now, it looks like the latter has been to hide the fact that she's apparently been growing it out ever since filming wrapped in Atlanta in June.
The style harkens back to Brown's pre-Eleven days, making it quite an understandable move: Brown has always wanted to be an actress, but much to her surprise, filming what she thought would be "just a little show in Atlanta, Georgia" ended up changing her "whole life" within just a few days, as she told W this summer about the cult phenomenon surrounding her character. The buzzcut may have gotten her "called 'John' a lot" before the show released, but these days, it's definitely more likely to get her called Eleven—especially now that the role has won her an Emmy Award. (Though if she keeps up the curls, she may soon start getting called "Finn," seeing as her costar has also taken to letting his locks graze his shoulders.)
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