Millie Bobby Brown has revealed that she would have worked in a care home if she hadn't found fame in Hollywood.
Speaking on Radio 4's Women's Hour on Monday, the 19-year-old actress revealed the unexpected career choice while discussing her late grandmother, who inspired her new book, Nineteen Steps.
After explaining that her grandmother's stories about life during the war had formed the basis of her novel, she revealed: 'A huge passion of mine, if I had not taken the route I have taken, would have been to work in a care home.
'I love the history of older people and the stories they do tell, even if they are completely made up, which sometimes they are! But I hope after reading [Nineteen Steps] you go and talk to your grandparents or you your parents and learn about your family history.'
Millie - who found worldwide fame aged 12 when she was cast as Eleven in Stranger Things - added that she would hope it would inspire some to volunteer at a care home, stressing the importance of 'being able to sit there and talk to someone and just being present with someone and hearing them.'
In the upside down world: Millie Bobby Brown has revealed that she would have worked in a care home if she hadn't found fame in Hollywood
Tragic loss: Millie's grandmother Ruth passed away in November 2020 from Alzheimer's Disease and the actress revealed how she honoured her nan's passing
Millie's grandmother Ruth passed away in November 2020 from Alzheimer's Disease and the actress revealed how she honoured her nan's passing when recording the audiobook.
The Stranger Things star explained: 'Losing her was one of the hardest things I've ever gone through and I don't know if I necessarily healed from it fully.
'So doing the audiobook I was a bit scared of talking it because I'd read it privately so much to myself.
'I lit a candle and put her picture in front of me and it was a very emotional few weeks of rehashing all of these stories and also tonally getting how she would tell these stories.'
Reflecting on her childhood, Millie said: 'I was with her for a lot of my childhood by choice. I love my parents but they are not as interesting as her!
'When she passed away I really wanted to capture her stories. As a child I recorded her and as we went back through those recordings we thought there would be room for a narrative about her life.
'My nan would talk a lot about the war, especially when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She'd forget what she had for dinner the night before but would remember what she had for dinner on her fifth birthday, things like that were so bizarre.
'Because I studied and still study Alzheimer's I really wanted to hone in on that story to make her feel safe and heard. Some I'd heard hundreds of times and some I'd never heard before and I'd say "nan you never told me that" and she'd go "oh I didn't think you'd care!"'
Hollywood star: Millie who found worldwide fame aged 12 when she was cast as Eleven in Netflix smash hit Stranger Things
Reflection: The 19-year-old actress revealed the unexpected career choice while discussing her late grandmother, who inspired her new book, Nineteen Steps
Candid: On Tuesday, Millie opened up more about her family life as she appeared on ITV's Lorraine and revealed, 'My parents are the best thing ever. I'm best friends with them'
Lady in red: Millie looked sensational for her TV appearance in a scarlet ribbed dress with a cut out on the bodice to tease her toned midriff
Asked if she considered writing more in the future, Millie said: 'I've always loved writing and I've always loved creating. I'm very creative, maybe overly, so my nan had to hang up all the strange things I made!
'So whatever I do next I will always base it off of very strong women and authentic stories that mean a lot to me and incentivizes me to keep creating things that I'm really passionate about.'
Incredible: Nineteen Steps will be published September 12
On Tuesday, Millie opened up more about her family life as she appeared on ITV's Lorraine.
She revealed: 'My parents are the best thing ever. I'm best friends with them. When I turned 18 I said, "You're still going to come with me, right?"
'I always needed a chaperone and I said, "I still need you". So they travel everywhere with me and they are a huge part of my life as a reason that I am where I am today.'
The SAG Award winner added that her parents encouraged her to go back to school, explaining: 'I'm a UNICEF ambassador and so I take that role really seriously.
'And so I wanted to go back to school just to be able to learn more about economic and cultural issues, just so I could, you know, have that information in a broader perspective so that I could really bring something to the role.'
She added: 'I think that's something, also, my parents put in me because I think they were like, if you are passionate about this, you need to know about it. And that's with everything I do.'
The Hollywood star also admitted it was important she could have a successful work life but also enjoy a private life too.
She told Lorraine: 'That's really important as something my parents value, and my family value and my fiancé [Jake Bongiovi] values.'
Reddy for it! Millie opted for another red ensemble later in the day as she was spotted heading into the Capital Breakfast radio studios in a pair of scarlet trousers
Beaming: She looked in good spirits as she waved at onlookers while continuing her promotional trail for her upcoming novel
Asked about growing up as a child actress in the spotlight, she heaped praise on her parents.
Nineteen Steps, which will be published September 12, is a history novel about a courageous 18-year-old woman called Nellie Morris who lives with her family in Bethnal Green, in London's East End, while the second world war rages on around them.
When a tragic accident occurs during an air raid one night, the consequences are catastrophic - and life will never be the same again for Nellie.
'Writing Nineteen Steps has been a really special project for me. The story is inspired by true events and my own family history,' Millie previously explained.