Millicent Simmonds is an actress from Bountiful, Utah. She became deaf at twelve months old. Her mother Emily decided that the entire Simmonds family would learn sign language so that Millicent would never feel isolated or lonely. Millie joined the drama club at Jean Massieu School for the Deaf, and participated in Utah Shakespeare Festival, but never thought she would be an actress. She believed instead she would pursue a more dangerous career as a police officer or a firefighter. When Millie's drama teacher received an email with a casting call for a young hearing, hard of hearing or deaf actress for the role of Rose in a movie based on the book Wonderstruck she immediately thought of Millie because she had always been a good storyteller. Millie was hesitant at first but then agreed to give it a shot. She had already fallen in love with Brian Selznick's novel. Millie's audition brought director Todd Haynes to tears. She sent in a few more scenes before being flown to New York City, where she was surprised with the announcement that she was going to be Rose. Wonderstruck was a critical success. Millicent was named one of the Breakthrough Entertainers of 2017 by AP, and Time listed her role as Rose as one of The Top 10 Movie Performances of 2017. She was nominated for a Critic's Choice Award for Best Young Performer. Less than a year later Millicent had landed her next big Hollywood role as Regan Abbott in the horror thriller a Quiet Place, working alongside stars such as Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and John Krasinski. Millicent's family encouraged her to audition after learning about a possible part for a deaf actress in a movie to be directed by John Krasinski. Millie went for it and again managed to prove that she was an exceptional talent when only a few weeks later she was awarded the role of Regan Abbott. Krasinski was adamant about casting a deaf actress and using sign language. Soon the entire cast was learning basic sign with the help of an ASL master and deaf adviser. Krasinski often consulted Millie about creative decisions within the movie, and let her make important choices about her character. The movie was both a critical and financial success. She received her second consecutive Critics Choice Nomination for Best Young Performer, and the film took home the Critics Choice award for best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie. In 2019 she had a brief but popular two-episode guest starring role as Libby in season 3 of Disney's hit television show Andi Mack. It was announced by the Hollywood Reporter she was in talks to reprise her role as Regan in the A Quiet Place sequel, once again under the direction of Krasinski. She said in an interview with D4 magazine that she does want to see more deaf stories in the future, but she does not like labels. She would like to be known not as a deaf actress, but just as an actress. Millie also mentioned that deaf people should be allowed to take on roles written for hearing people and that she would find it interesting to play a hearing character who chooses not to speak. Millicent loves to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys reading, drawing, watching anime, and riding her motorcycle. She's rubbed elbows with celebrities such as Nyle DiMarco, Julianne Moore, and Will Smith. She is an advocate, speaking out about things such as children's access to sign language. She and her co-star Noah Jupe became close on the set of a Quiet Place, sparking a friendship that continued after the release of the film. She hopes to next take on an even more adventurous role playing a superhero, or maybe even a villain.