Chief Jim Hopper and Eleven had the sweetest relationship in Stranger Things 2, and off-screen, actors David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown, who play the Hawkins sheriff and the supernatural tween, have just as great a bond. And they don't even throw things at each other! Harbour has become a kind of another dad to all the kid actors on the show (Joe Keery is, of course, their mom), but he has a special place in his heart for Brown. In a speech backstage at the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday, Harbour said he hopes to be close with Brown forever, even when he's old and gray — especially when he's old and gray.
Harbour won the Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series on Thursday night, and People caught his interview after his win. Answering questions backstage about his young co-star, Harbour said that he would always be there for Brown, who he worries about a lot as she tries to navigate her way through the pitfalls of child stardom. "I try to protect her as much as I can," he said. He went on,
"My hope for Millie always and my focus with her always, is that I want her to be an artist, so when I'm in the nursing home, she can bring me her Oscars so I can look at them and stuff like that. "
It's not the first time he's imagined a future where he and Brown are hanging out at his nursing home. In a profile of Brown in the October issue of Variety, Harbour was extolling her virtues and talents, and said, "...when I’m in the nursing home, I would like to be able to watch movies with her in her 30s and have her become Meryl Streep. She has the potential for that to happen." Although when Brown's in her 30s, Harbour will only be in his 60s, so there will be a ways to go before those nursing home visits.
The pair of them have had so many adorable moments, some of them just this awards season. A candid shot of Harbour and Brown from the Golden Globes went viral, and for good reason: It's undeniably adorable. Debra Birbaum, Variety's executive TV editor, shared the precious shot, which elicited tons of hearts, heart eyes, and tears on Twitter.
And while Harbour's backstage speech was all about protecting Brown from the often toxic experience of being a child star, his impassioned acceptance speech on stage for his Best Supporting Actor award was all about Eleven's strength, and the bond that she and Hopper had. (He's known for making memorable and moving speeches, that David Harbour). Brown tweeted about the speech:
Brown spent most of her time on Stranger Things 2 holed up on a set with just Harbour as her co-star while Hopper quarantined Eleven to his cabin, so it's a good thing that they adore each other so much.
If you want more adorable content from these two, Harbour's Instagram is a good place to start. He's fairly new to the platform, so he doesn't have a ton of posts yet, but there are already a few sweet pictures of him and Brown. Like this adorably cheesy photobooth shot, which he captioned appropriately with a dad joke: "Look out @milliebobby_brown I think the demigorgon's behind you."
They also had a ton of fun together at ComicCon:
So, no matter what happens for Hopper and Eleven, Harbour is dead set on protecting Brown until he's an old, old man, gazing lovingly at all the Oscars she brings to show him at the nursing home. That doesn't sound like such a bad future.