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'Stranger Things' David Harbour feels “protective” and “fatherly” about Millie Bobby Brown

Stranger Things has been a career-defining moment for many, especially Millie Bobby Brown, as she almost gave up on acting due to several rejections before she bagged the landmark role of Eleven. Via her time on the sets of this show, she has managed to forge lifelong bonds. However, someone in the trailers adores Brown more than most and wants the very best for her. No surprises here; it is obviously David Harbour. 

Harbour, who reprised the role of Jim Hopper, is extremely affectionate and “protective” of Brown. Harbour’s character, Hopper, recuperates from the loss of his daughter and his divorce when he adopts Eleven on the show and forges a wonderful bond with her. Hopper can tend to be overprotective within the series and often scares off Eleven’s boyfriend, Mike. 

Art imitates life as Harbour has recently described his relationship with Brown as somewhat “fatherly”. Brown was a mere 12-year-old when Stranger Things debuted in 2016 and has grown up in front of her audience, now appearing in various notable films such as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla vs. Kong, Enola Holmes and will soon star in The Girls I’ve Been. 

Harbour, who knew Brown “before any of the big fame hit”, expressed his adoration and concern for the 17-year-old. “I have a real, like, worry. I worry about her and the fame and all that she has to struggle with. And I’ve just always felt this kind of deep fatherly affection for her.” 

Harbour and Brown shall soon assume their respective roles as Hopper and Eleven in the fourth season of Stranger Things, due to be released soon. 

Watch the riveting teasers that shall make you yearn to know what unravels in season 4 right now: