GET INSIDE THE HEAD OF BRIE LARSON
What’s happening to Brie Larson at this moment is every actor’s dream. On the heels of her Room triumph, the star goes gargantuan in her next project, Kong: Skull Island, and in just a few weeks she’ll walk down the biggest red carpet there is (16,500 square feet!). She sat down with Holly Millea for this month’s cover story and spoke candidly about her own story, revealing things about her past and present that paint an engaging, honest, and thoughtful picture of where she’s been and where she’s going.
To find out what she had to say check out the entire interview exclusively in our brand-new bigger, bolder March issue of ELLE (yes, ELLE magazine is literally blowing up!) on newsstands nationwide February 16. But first, a sneak peek at who the real Brie Larson really is.
She still gets starstruck
Talking about a weekend last November, when she spent several 12-hour days at a posh hotel with her fellow nominees doing the obligatory pre-awards publicity push, she says, “It was crazy. It was pretty much, like, Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, and me. Then Jennifer Lawrence came in for a little bit, and Kate Winslet, Carey Mulligan…. But it was kind of all that group, with all of these different press things that we had to do. You’re having meals together, and doing these roundtables—I felt like I was hallucinating. Most of those people I’d never met before, so it was like the moment when you’re not at the kid’s table anymore: Wow, not only am I sitting with these legends, but Kate Winslet saw me and ran across the room and grabbed me and with such a beautiful intensity said, ‘I am so fucking excited for you!’ I love her.”
Her life is messy and complicated and real
Brie’s parents divorced when she was a little girl and while close with her mother, she hasn’t seen or spoken to her father in 10 years. She said, “When legally I didn’t have to have visitation with him anymore, I jumped on it,” she says. “As a kid I tried to understand him and understand the situation. But he didn’t do himself any favors. I don’t think he ever really wanted to be a parent. It wasn’t until truly recently that I realized that’s why so much of my work was so volatile,” she continues.
“All of the stuff I wasn’t dealing with in my actual life—all of this anger, my fears and my vulnerabilities—I didn’t feel comfortable expressing because I felt like it was part of the human code that when we’re out in the public space, everyone’s perfect and good, and we’re all nice women, and we dress well and we brush our hair and agree with these customs.”