8 Things You Didn’t Know About Millicent Simmonds

Millicent Simmonds is quickly establishing herself in Hollywood. The 14-year-old deaf actress from Bountiful, Utah, makes her feature film debut in the critically acclaimed new film Wonderstruck. Rose, a 12-year-old deaf girl, is played by Simmonds. You might be interested in learning more about this talented young girl, so we’ve compiled a list of interesting facts about her that you probably didn’t know before.
Millicent Simmonds
Millicent Simmonds

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Millicent Simmonds

1. Initially Took Part In Plays

Simmonds began attending the Jean Massieu School for the Deaf when she was younger. She quickly joined the drama club and began practicing her acting skills.

2. Her CoStars Learned ASL

When she was filming Wonderstruck, her co-star Julianne Moore and director Tod Haynes both learned ASL to better communicate with Simmonds. A Quiet Place director John Krasinski also learned some. [1]

3. One Of The Eight BreakThrough Entertainers

Millicent Simmonds was named one of the Associated Press’s Eight Breakthrough Entertainers in 2017. She received this award for her outstanding acting, which even Will Smith described as “amazing.” [2]

4. Some Of Her Hobbies

Her list of hobbies includes a love of reading. This demonstrates her intelligence, and we already knew she was talented. But she’s more than just brains; she also enjoys kickboxing on the side after school.

5. Wanted To Become A Firefighter Or A Police

Before she became an actor, she aspired to be a firefighter or a police officer.  But luckily universe has some better plans for her, when her teacher recognizes her talent.

6. Helped In Creating A Millie Smile Mask

Millicent collaborated with the brand Rafi Nova to create the “Millie Smile Mask,” a mask with a clear insert that allows you to see people’s mouths. Because of the clear plastic, deaf and hard of hearing people can lip read while everyone stays safe by wearing masks. [3]

7. Her Guest Appearnce

She appeared in a guest appearance on the Disney Channel series Andi Mack as Libby, Jonah’s first girlfriend after Andi who also happens to be deaf.
Simmonds In Andi Mack
Simmonds In Andi Mack

8. Advocate For The Deaf Community

A Utah-based newspaper reported that Simmonds “plans to continue both acting and advocating for the deaf community” following her 2017 film debut in Wonderstruck. [4]