“Stranger Things” season 4 star Jamie Campbell Bower told Variety that Millie Bobby Brown cried when she saw him on set in his character’s frightening makeup and prosthetics.
In a video interview shared Friday, Bower spoke to the show’s prosthetic makeup designer Barrie Gower and Variety’s Jazz Tangay about the reaction to his character Vecna, the main villain of the fourth season. He explained that Brown was put in a position where she was tied up before meeting Vecna for the first time, leading to an “electric” response.
“I walked up to her [as Vecna] and she burst into tears. She she would n’t look at me and she was visibly just disgusted by the whole thing, “Bower said.
The actor also shared his take on Brown as her character Eleven, adding that the actress is “so receptive and honest and open and child-like” in the role that “anything that is meant to be scary and should be scary feels terrifying for her “
Bower and Gower told Tangay that even though it may seem “dark,” they knew they had something special after Brown’s first take. Gower said he hoped the take made it into the show because Brown’s reaction was so genuine.
After Brown cried, Bower said she realized it was him under the makeup and prosthetics when she smelled the scent of his cigarettes.
In a video posted to the official “Stranger Things” Instagram account on June 15, Gower and his team showed how they applied head-to-toe prosthetics to the actor for the hit
series. Bower told The Hollywood Reporter that the process took about seven and a half hours, with an additional hour or so needed to remove everything at the end of the day.
Insider’s Kim Renfro reports that Gower also used his prosthetic skills for massive projects like HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” for which he did all the practical effects for the Night King and White Walkers.
The final two episodes of “Stranger Things” season 4 are available to stream on Netflix.