Report: Father of ‘Stranger Things’ Star Asked for Cash Upfront from Agencies Wanting to Rep Her

2016 Emmy Awards: The Kids from 'Stranger Things' Have Sang 'Uptown Funk' During the Pre-Show
Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Millie Bobby Brown brought down the house at the 2016 Emmy Awards

Millie Bobby Brown, the breakout star of the fantastic Netflix series Stranger Things, is looking for representation, and all the major agencies are lining up. But there’s a catch – Brown’s father reportedly asked for a hefty upfront cash deal to sign her.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Millie’s dad, Robert Brown, asked for $100,000 up front as a sort of signing bonus. A rep for Brown told THR that the request was real, but was “ill advice from someone outside the industry that was said in jest.”

While it’s not illegal for such a demand, it is “completely unorthodox,” said one agency source. They equated it to opening Pandora’s box if an agency were to comply and cough up the cash.

Since her stellar performance as Eleven – the young girl who doesn’t speak much after escaping a lab that experimented with her mind-control abilities and who knows everything there is to know about the Upside Down – the 12-year-old British actress has been on the talk-show circuit with her fellow young co-stars, charming them all along the way.

In fact, she and co-stars Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin totally wowed a pre-Emmys audience with their “Uptown Funk” rendition.

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In the past few days, the Browns have added veteran attorney Steve Warren and publicity firm Shelter PR to Millie’s team. Millie is expected to choose an agency in the next week, and sources told THR no money will exchange hands.