Brie Larson opens up about the Oscar buzz over her critically acclaimed performance in the independent film ‘Room.’ On the verge of Hollywood A-list stardom, the actress, a costar in Amy Schumer’s ‘Trainwreck,’ shares her thoughts on fame, on the preparations she made for the demanding role and more.
The 26-year-old Brie Larson is one to watch. It’s just a matter of months before she joins those hallowed Hollywood ranks, and as award season unfolds, she’s likely to find herself with more than an award or two to line her shelves for her portrayal in ‘Room’ of a woman held captive for many years, who raises a young child. It’s based on the critically acclaimed international bestseller of the same title by Irish author and playwright Emma Donoghue.
In a wide-ranging interview on CBS ‘Sunday Morning,’ the Larson was asked how she feels about being an “It Girl.” She said, “But what is “it’? There is no ‘it’! And who was ‘it’ before ‘it’? And when does ‘it’ go away? When did I get ‘it’? Who’s going to take ‘it’?”
She went on to add, “It’s so weird. I think it’s a really funny term. I’m just a person. I’m not anything.”
And she does have a point! The term, surprisingly, has survived decades, as our original “It” girls of the cinematic world had their heyday back in the silent film era, with the likes of Louise Brooks and others.
Brie Larson also spoke about what it was like to portray the protagonist in ‘Room,’ a woman who was kidnapped and kept captive for so many years, and yet challenged to raise a son in spite of the dire circumstances.
She opened up about how she prepared for the role, saying, “I went on a very small, rigid diet. Started working out with a trainer, in order to wear out my body and gain muscle. I had to stay out of the sun for, like, three months before we started shooting. And every day, I just felt like I was getting closer and closer, to her.”
Asked about whether or not she was thinking about the Oscar buzz, she Larson, “Uh-uh. I can’t. It’s just not even something that your brain can wrap itself around.” Asked if she’d even thought of what she might say in an acceptance speech, she said, “But isn’t it sort of like planning your fantasy wedding, and you don’t even have a boyfriend?”
She went on to add, “I think you can think about it when you have the nomination. You go, ‘Wow, I’m going to be there. I wonder what it’ll be like.’ But you can’t imagine something that hasn’t existed yet. And I feel like that’s dangerous. That’s dangerous magical thinking.”
Brie Larson also opened up about the long years of struggle as a young actress — getting her start while still a young teen — revealing that professionally, and emotionally, she is by no means the proverbial overnight success. Speaking about the years of being rejected at auditions, saying she was told, ‘No, you are not pretty enough.’ ‘No, you’re too pretty.’ It’s all of these nos.”
She continued, adding, “And it becomes very confusing, especially when you’re growing into your womanhood to constantly be told what you’re not. And it always felt like such a blow to me. It was like, ‘Oh yeah, I don’t have blue eyes.’ And then you cry all night, thinking, ‘Oh, if only I had blue eyes, my life would be different, you know?'”
She went on to speak of how and why she embraced herself for who and what she is, saying, “I remember at 18 finally hitting this point where I went, ‘I don’t have blue eyes. I have brown eyes. I am myself! And if you don’t want to take it, that’s okay, but I don’t need you to.'”
And yes, the brown-eyed Brie Larson, has found the breakthrough role, and for those who don’t yet know the name, they soon will as ‘The Room’ continues to win accolades from critics and her performance in particular is singled out. You can see the full interview video below!
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