In addition to several new characters for viewers to fall in love with, Stranger Things 4, also gave the show perhaps its creepiest, most loathsome villain yet in Vecna.
In a new video interview with US publication Variety, actor Jamie Campbell Bower revealed that co-star Millie Bobby Brown cried when she saw him on set in his character’s frightening makeup and prosthetics.
Bower spoke to the show’s prosthetic makeup designer Barrie Gower who has also worked on Games of Thrones, and Variety’s Jazz Tangay about his co-star’s reaction to his character Vecna, the main villain of Stranger Things 4th season.
“They brought [Millie] up into a position where she’s bound,” he said. I walked up to her [as Vecna] and she burst into tears. She wouldn’t look at me and she was visibly just disgusted by the whole thing.”
After Brown cried, Bower said she realized it was him under the makeup and prosthetics when she smelled the scent of his cigarettes.
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 that he had hoped this initial, very candid reaction from Millie might make it on to the final cut of the show.
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 Netflix 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.