Millie Bobby Brown is only 14 years old, but she’s been a household name ever since Stranger Things debuted on Netflix in 2016. Brown significantly changed up her personal look to play Eleven, and she just opened up about what it was like to sport Eleven’s signature shaved head in real life.

In a new interview in W Magazine‘s latest issue, Brown admits that “the shaved head was a big deal,” revealing the biggest lesson she learned from the experience. “On the one hand, it was cool,” she shared. “When you’re bald, rain feels like a head massage. I’d walk in the rain, and people would look at me like I was crazy. I’d be smiling — so, so happy to have the water hit my naked head.”

As much as it hurts to hear that people would actually laugh at another person (let alone a child) for their differences, we’re so inspired by Brown’s message of kindness and self-acceptance. Rising above the cruelty of others is no easy feat — even for adults — and we love that she’s setting such a positive example for fans, old and young alike.