Tessa Thompson praised Brie Larson in Time 100 essay

By Ale Russian
April 17, 2019 03:01 PM
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Tessa Thompson thinks Brie Larson‘s on and off screen power has no limits.

Larson is honored as one of Time‘s 100 most influential people in 2019, and pal and Avengers: Endgame costar Thompson couldn’t agree more.

“Brie Larson is a warrior on- and offscreen,” Thompson writes as part of Larson’s Time 100 essay. “When she’s not shattering records and stereotypes as Captain Marvel in Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie—which has made more than $1 billion at the global box office—she’s fighting fiercely for gender equality, inclusivity and an end to sexual harassment in the workplace.”

It’s the combination that makes Thompson, 35, sure that Larson, 29, will inflict positive change in the world.

“Brie is primed to be one of Marvel’s next big leaders at a time when women are breaking ceilings in all spaces,” Thompson writes. “She is in a position to make real systemic change in Hollywood. I’m elated to see someone so pure of intention wield that power.”

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Brie Larson
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Larson has been vocal about giving opportunities to more people of color and women when it comes to her press days, and was recently on the receiving end of a campaign by trolls to tank Captain Marvel‘s Rotten Tomatoes score in retaliation. The movie went on to make $455 Million in its opening weekend and over $1 billion worldwide since.

“About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies, and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male,” Larson said when asked about her reasons for choosing Keah Brown as her interviewer for Marie Claire. “So, I spoke to Dr. Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who put together a study to confirm that. Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive…I want to go out of my way to connect the dots. It just took me using the power that I’ve been given now as Captain Marvel.”

Larson made headlines in mid-2018 when she called out the lack of diversity in critics while at the Crystal + Lucy Awards.

“Am I saying I hate white dudes?” Larson said. “No, I’m not … [but if] you make the movie that is a love letter to women of color, there is an insanely low chance a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie.”