Brie Larson Reveals Her 'Cinderella' Moments While Shooting 'Kong: Skull Island' During Last Year's Oscar Season

The Oscar winner discusses her whirlwind journey to Oscar gold and the unexpected globe-trotting it involved

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Brie Larson considers her road to winning the Best Actress Oscar in 2016 a very “Cinderella-like” moment in her life — but not for the reason you may think.

You see, during the awards season that year, Larson was busy filming her new movie Kong: Skull Island, which required her to frequently travel from the film’s exotic locations in Vietnam, Hawaii and Australia, to Los Angeles for awards-related events, and then back again. Many times.

“It was a really unique period of time,” Larson tells PEOPLE. “During the week I’d be in the jungle in Vietnam and I’d be covered in fake cuts and bruises — makeup [would be] putting fake dirt under my fingernails and hair would be putting as much goop in my hair to make it look as dirty as possible — and then Friday night I’d get on a plane, fly through the night to land in L.A. [Saturday] morning.”

Larson adds that she would then be met by a different hair and makeup team in L.A. who’d have to reverse-engineer her jungle look.

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“[They] would be scrubbing the dirt from under my fingernails and trying to clean the cuts off my body, wash my hair like seven times to get the goop out of it,” she says. “And then Sunday night I’d go back — it was very Cinderella-like, over and over again.”

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One added bonus of Larson’s many cross-country and trans-continent trips? Frequent-flyer miles.

“I could go on a lot of trips,” Larson admits with a smile. “I could probably fly for free around the world at least two times, and it’s probably more than that … I definitely will go on a vacation, I just haven’t decided where yet.”

So after all that, where is the Oscar now?

“I’m not going to talk about that,” Larson says with a laugh. “I feel like it’s the one thing I get to keep as a secret.”

Kong: Skull Island opens March 10.

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