The Medical Condition Millie Bobby Brown Lives With

When "Stranger Things" premiered in 2016, Millie Bobby Brown took the world by storm as Eleven, a young girl with mysterious powers. Since then, she's become an icon, starring in films such as "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" and "Enola Holmes." With a star as bright as Brown's, she's bound to face some intense media attention. Even so, the young actor is not deterred from acting.

"It was like a bug," Brown said of her draw toward acting, per Glamour. "I know this sounds crazy, but once I find something I want to do, nobody's stopping me. If I don't know how to sew, and I really had that passion to sew, that's it, I'm going to sew. That's also with acting. So here I am."

That's not to say Brown doesn't face hurdles. Unbeknownst to many of her fans, the star is deaf in one ear, per Hello! magazine. However, she maintains that her ability to sing or act is largely unaffected.

Millie Bobby Brown opens up about being partially deaf

While some may question how Millie Bobby Brown's hearing loss affects her acting, the young star explained that it doesn't. For Brown, acting is less about how other people see her than how she sees herself.

"I just started to sing, and if I sound bad I don't care, because I'm just doing what I love," the "Stranger Things" star explained, per Today. "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."

In fact, Brown explained that "Stranger Things" actually increased her confidence in acting. Stating that when she felt she couldn't do it anymore, becoming Eleven changed everything. Regardless of her hearing loss, Brown is secure in her acting ability. The actor told E! News, "It's good to be confident and to know who you are." Very much agreed, Millie.

David Harbour and other co-stars stick up for Millie Bobby Brown

"Stranger Things" icon David Harbour does nothing but gush over his on-screen daughter, Millie Bobby Brown. If there were any concerns that her hearing loss affected her performance, Harbour has no time for anyone criticizing Brown. "I'm leery of blowing too much smoke up her already well-filled smoke a**," Harbour told Variety. "Because I do feel that when I'm in the nursing home, I would like to be able to watch movies with her in her 30s and have her become Meryl Streep. She has the potential for that to happen."

Additionally, the actor explained that he knows about "the perils of early success," so he's "very protective" of Brown. However, Harbour isn't alone in looking out for Millie Bobby Brown; their fellow"Stranger Things" co-star, Natalia Dyer, called out the scrutiny her castmates have to endure, on top of growing up in "very crazy circumstances." The actor told People that the way the extra attention is often "oversexualizing" the younger kids makes her feel defensive "even though they're not kids anymore, they're teens."

She went on to say that "there are so many layers" to how the media treats celebrities. In particular, Dyer criticized the tendency to focus on "private" things such as who an actor is dating or what their doctors have to say about them.Dyer feels passionately that we all should "just let people be the people that they are, without any judgment."

Millie Bobby Brown takes on bullying

 Millie Bobby Brown herself echoed Natalia Dyer's sentiment on many occasions. Recently, she addressed how turning 18 is "a lot" because "you're trying to find yourself" while "in the public eye." Naturally, the actor doesn't take kindly to people calling attention to her medical condition — and any other type of bullying. "Like millions of other girls around the world, I've also been bullied and harassed online," Brown said in a speech at the UN headquarters. "It's a terrifying feeling to look at your phone and see that the messages that people are sending you are filled with anger, hate and even threats."

Brown then directly called out those who bully others, explaining that "they gain their power by taking power away from others by making them feel as scared and helpless as I did." Her powerful words ring all the more true knowing that she overcame her own struggles with both her hearing loss and with mistreatment from others. Thankfully, however, when Brown fights back, she chooses words as her weapons — not roller skates

Perhaps, David Harbour said it best: "We should all let her be brave and brilliant and turn our eyes away and not give her so much attention."