Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill on why you shouldn’t miss ‘Enola Holmes’

Published October 9, 2020, 6:15 PM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Millie Bobby Brown attests to “Enola Holmes” being one of the “most special moments” of her career inasmuch as it allowed her to work with director Harry Bradbeer.

She went on to relate how her fellow Brit, who also directed “Fleabag” and “Killing Eve,” gave her free rein exploring her role.

Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes

Brown also liked it that “Enola Holmes” allowed her to share some screen time with the likes of Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin, both of whom she admired.

The 16-year-old “Stranger Things” star maintained that even though both were seasoned actors they were open to listening to her.

“They were very different type of beings that are incredibly talented but, you know, they really let me talk. They really let me feel very comfortable around them,” she shared.

She described their working relationship as more of a collaborative effort.

“I was always kind of putting my input in and as were they with me, so it was, like, a collaborative effort. So working with them was definitely an experience that I will remember. They’re very good guys that, you know, are successful for a reason.”

Henry Cavill, Millie Bobby Brown and Sam Claflin

Based on the beloved book series by Nancy Springer, “Enola Homes,” now streaming on Netflix, has Brown playing the title role with Henry Cavill as her brother Sherlock Holmes, Helena Bonham Carter as her Mother Eudoria, and Sam Claflin as her other brother Mycroft Holmes.

The story is set in England, 1884. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes wakes up to find that her mother has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts but no apparent clue as to where she’s gone or why.

Enola suddenly finds herself under the care of her brothers Sherlock and Mycroft, both set on sending her away to a finishing school for “proper” young ladies.

Refusing to follow their wishes, Enola escapes to search for her mother in London. But when her journey finds her entangled in a mystery surrounding a young runaway Lord, Enola becomes a super-sleuth in her own right, outwitting her famous brother as she unravels a conspiracy that threatens to set back the course of history. 

Others in the cast are Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge, Burn Gorman, and Susan Wokoma. 

Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin and Millie Bobby Brown

Asked how Enola compares to her more famous brother Sherlock, Brown said, “Sherlock is one to sit back and observe and take notes. Enola is observant as well, but she wants things done herself. She doesn’t wait. She’s not patient. And she really isn’t afraid of anything, which gets her into trouble, but ultimately makes her stronger.”

Meanwhile, in a separate interview, Cavill, shared how it was a “great honor” for him playing Sherlock.

He knows that in the film, his character was meant to support Brown’s Enola and he was only too happy to oblige.

“So, for this one, I spent time with Harry Bradbeer, the director, who Sherlock is in Jack Thorne’s script. We wanted to make sure that the character was true to who he is, while remaining useful and doing the job he is required in this story,” he shared.

“As a supporting character to Enola Holmes, we wanted to make sure the character was still the Sherlock that we know but with the emotional hooks which allows Enola to be Enola.”

Cavill believes he and the production team created a new Sherlock for the film.

“I know the character and it’s a different take. It’s a character which is far more emotionally connected than we have seen traditionally. I really hope that I have done it justice but only time will tell so, we shall see.”

Asking him the same question we asked Brown concerning the differences between Enola and Sherlock, the 37-year-old “Superman” actor said, “They are the same but different. They are both geniuses. They’re both very eccentric, but they have very different perspectives. And I think that’s what makes it an interesting place for us as actors.”

He only has good words for Brown, who was also among producers of the film.

“Millie is already a powerhouse but she’s only going to get bigger and better. She is extraordinary. She’s charismatic. She is someone who is truly going to make an impact on this industry. And it has been an absolute pleasure working with her,” Cavill related. 

There are two important lessons to be learned from the film, said Cavill.

And these are: “To be who you want to be no matter what society says” and “equality being among aspects of humanity that we all should learn.”

“I think that’s the message which everyone should take away from it because it applies to everyone.”