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Stephen Colbert Teaches Millie Bobby Brown About the ’80s, Then She Teaches Him Millennial Slang

After charming all of us with her breakout role in Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown continues to delight us on the press circuit, most recently on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The two forged an intergenerational friendship, discussing all things ’80s as well as all the hip new millennial topics that Colbert needs to catch up on.

At only 12 years old, Brown didn’t know anything about the ’80s before she started doing Stranger Things, which is set during that time period. Since the show, she’s become a huge fan of vinyl records–she’s now got vinyl versions of Amy Winehouse and Beyonce and plenty more. (Probably Nicki Minaj too, since we already know she’s a fan!)

Still, there’s tons of ’80s stuff that Brown doesn’t know anything about, like Dungeons & Dragons. Even though the game featured prominently on the show, she still doesn’t really understand what it is (admittedly, she wasn’t in most of those scenes). Stephen Colbert, however, considers himself an expert on that topic, having grown up playing the game and being “the least popular one” at school, just like the young heroes of Stranger Things.

Although Millie Bobby Brown may be new to 80s culture, since all of it happened way before she was even born, she does have a whole lot of knowledge that Stephen Colbert lacks. Specifically, she knows that “bae” is an abbreviation, not just short for “baby.” If you don’t know what it stands for, let Millie school you in her millennial slang quiz at the end of this interview!

(via EW, image via screencap)

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