Brie Larson Says Friend Jennifer Lawrence Gave Her Blunt Advice After Winning the Oscar
The Captain Marvel star, 29, spoke to InStyle about finding herself vulnerable after winning the Best Actress Oscar for Room.
Larson said she called Lawrence, 28, for advice on how to deal with the acclaim and attention. (Lawrence won the Oscar in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook.)
“I was like, ‘I don’t feel any different. I don’t feel better about myself. I still don’t feel like I’m a good actress,’” Larson recalled. “She was like, ‘Oh, yeah. That’s totally normal. I’ve had the same thing. Don’t think of it like that. Think of it as, like, you got your Ph.D. You’re certified; that’s it.’”
“‘It doesn’t change anything. You can still f— up. Every judge is still human.’”
Lawrence’s advice caused Larson to continue accepting roles that were meaningful to her — something that made the part of Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel stand out.
“She didn’t apologize for herself,” Larson explained about the character. “I felt like that was a really valuable trait, because she is incredibly flawed and makes a lot of mistakes… and has to ask to atone for them, and that is super valuable. She’s not ever shrinking herself down.”
Larson added, “The movie was the biggest and best opportunity I could have ever asked for. It was, like, my superpower. This could be my form of activism: doing a film that can play all over the world and be in more places that I can be physically.”
Set in the 1990s, the story is a prequel to the popular Marvel films that have followed before. Danvers finds herself and a small team of allies at the center of a maelstrom that reaches Earth as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes.
The film also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
Captain Marvel flies into theaters March 8, 2019.