Millie Bobby Brown did a lot of first in her upcoming film Enola Holmes. The 16-year-old actress fought for the project to be made, got her first producing credit, and did all her own stunts on the film.
Talking with EW, she said that her sister introduced her to the Nancy Springer series, “I knew I wanted to do this. I knew I wanted to creatively take part. I feel like this is my baby.”
As for the stunt work, Brown had to essentially learn it twice. Once in her street clothes and another in the Victorian era costume that she had to wear, corset included.
“I [had to] prepare my body to breathe and to move in the corset. It’s hard navigating the choreography that you’ve learnt so well in your trainers and your leggings and then switching up and putting an underskirt on, a skirt over that, a corset, then you have your petticoat, then you have your long socks, then you have your heels…”
A big part of the film comes from Enola butting heads with her more traditionally minded brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin). On top of that, her missing mother (Helena Bonham Carter) taught Enola everything she needed to know, except how to be a woman in rigid Victorian society.
“We bring a certain sense of positivity and humor to it, but at the end of the day, [the film] is centered around equality,” Brown said. “What they call [Enola] in the film is a ‘wild child,’ but really, she’s just fighting for her rights. The film is based upon these pretty traditional men — and these wild women.”
Hell yeah for the wild women.
Enola Holmes will be released on Netflix on Sept. 23.
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