12-year-old British actress Millie Bobby Brown plays Eleven on Netflix’s Stranger Things, and since that show is a giant hit, she’ll probably get more jobs and so agents want to represent her. But well, Millie’s dad, Robert “Bobby” Brown, may already be messing up her career by showing his crazy and greedy stage dad horns. And yes, her dad’s name is Bobby Brown. That is a field of red flags right there.
Millie left her old agency, Paradigm, earlier this year and is looking for a new agent. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Millie hasn’t signed with a new agent yet and it’s all the fault her dad who obviously got his bachelor’s degree in Greedy Stage Dad Antics at an online school ran by Macaulay Culkin’s gross dad. Sources at five different agencies say that Bobby Brown will only let them sign his daughter if they give him a signing bonus of sorts. Two of the sources say that he wants $100,000 upfront. He tried, but that’s not really how it works.
One veteran agent tells THR that they’ll sometimes take a smaller percentage of their usual 10% commission fee if they really want to sign someone, but paying someone to sign is unheard of. The Brown family have already hired a PR firm to help Millie find an agent. A source says that she’ll sign with an agent next week and no money will be exchanged upfront. Millie’s rep admits that Papa Brown did ask for money upfront but he thought that was standard in the game.
A rep for the Browns confirmed Robert had made the requests for payment but said it was “ill advice from someone outside the industry that was said in jest.” Brown is said to be close to several sports agents in the U.K., where payments in exchange for representation are common.
THR also points us to a depressing interview that Millie gave to The Daily Mail in August. Millie’s family sold everything and moved from the England to Hollywood hoping she’d make it. She booked a few roles here and there, but eventually money completely ran out and they almost had to file for bankruptcy so they went back to England and moved in with a relative. She auditioned for Stranger Things in England, got the part and now her family’s back in Hollywood. Millie said in that interview it was very hard and there were “many tears along the way.”
An agency paying a client?! Every shady agency who makes the client pay them (Barbizon, I love you, but I’m looking at you) probably passed out.
And this probably made Dina “White Oprah” Lohan all sentimental and shit. It reminded her of the good old days when every agent in town was clawing at her door to sign her little ATM, I mean, her little baby. White Oprah used to say to an agent, “Okay, honey, you can sign my little baby if you give mama two hundred thousand in cash, a suitcase full of Colombia’s finest and a Grey Goose vending machine that gets refilled once a day.” Then they’d both laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh until White Oprah said she was kidding and she’d immediately follow that up by mouthing the words, “No, I’m not.”