Millie Bobby Brown says she's been sexualized from a young age: 'It’s gross and it's true'

Millie Bobby Brown is opening up about the sexualization of young women in Hollywood, and how it has shaped her experience of growing up.

During an appearance on "The Guilty Feminist" podcast on April 4, the "Enola Holmes" star said in some ways, her coming-of-age experience isn’t much different from that of other teens her age.

"I deal with the same things any 18-year-old is dealing with, navigating being an adult and having relationships and friendships, and it's all of those things," Brown said.

"Being liked and trying to fit in, it's all a lot, and you're trying to find yourself while doing that. The only difference is that obviously, I'm doing that in the public eye."

But as a young woman in the public eye, Brown said the sexualization of her image is something she’s had to navigate. 

The "Stranger Things" star, who turned 18 this year, said she’s noticed "a difference between the way people act and the way the press and social media have reacted to me becoming of age."

"So, I have been dealing with that, but I have also been dealing with that for forever."

Brown recalled some of this early sexualization, citing the controversy she garnered for wearing a low-cut dress to an awards show when she was 16. 

"I thought, 'My, is this really what we’re talking about? We should be talking about the incredible people that were there at the award show,' " she said.