Millie Bobby Brown and Matthew Modine said “I love you”
- Matthew Modine says he and Millie Bobby Brown will show up while filming ‘Stranger Things’.
- The actor said he and Brown would say “I love you” before the tough takes.
- As Dr. Brenner (“Dad”) and Eleven, they were the series’ first stage partners.
Matthew Modine said he and Millie Bobby Brown would see each other before the hard takes of “Stranger Things”, saying “I love you”.
The actor, who plays Dr. Brenner – aka “Dad” – on the
The show told Vulture how he and Brown, who plays Eleven on the show, navigated some of their characters’ toughest takes in season four.
“There were times this season when we consulted with each other, especially during scenes where we were hurting each other,” Modine told Vulture. “We start off by saying, ‘I love you’. We were winking at each other before a scene started, so we knew what we were doing, especially if it said something painful. It was a way to connect with each other and improve each other’s game.
“Stranger Things” introduced Dr. Brenner in its first season as Eleven’s “Dad,” the man who raised her and helped her cultivate her powers at Hawkins Lab. However, the characters were in conflict after Eleven escaped from the facility, and Brenner was presumed dead after being attacked by a demogorgon at the end of the season.
This led to an emotional reunion in season four, where a miraculously alive Brenner helped Eleven regain her powers – and attempted to hold her captive once again, putting the two at odds again.
Modine and Brown served as the series’ first onstage partners, sharing a significant number of moments together during the first season. Modine said the best way to work with a child actor is to “leave them alone” and worked to give Brown, who was around 11 when the first season was filmed, space and support. to “succeed” while having conversations about their characters and dialogue.
“Millie’s gift is tremendous intelligence and understanding of what I was talking about and the ability to take a very specific direction,” he told Vulture.