Brie Larson grateful for the dark times

Brie Larson appreciates the “darkness” she’s experienced, as it’s made her into a better actress.

The star is making 2016 her own with an impressive performance in drama Room, earning her a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination already. She plays Ma, a woman who is kept in captivity and raped by her abductor, resulting in the birth of her little boy Jack.

It’s a harrowing tale with a message of hope, which Brie doesn’t think she could have brought to the screen without the setbacks she’s faced.

“I feel grateful every day for all the times I was told no,” she admitted to Britain’s Elle magazine. “The thing I appreciate the most is the darkness I’ve experienced, because I wouldn’t know how to play Ma or Grace (her character from 2013’s drama Short Term 12) if I hadn’t experienced loss or sadness; I wouldn’t know how to express it. It’s such a valuable part of our experience: to not become afraid of the pitfalls, but to instead become curious about them.”

But it’s not all doom and gloom in Brie’s movies; she also took on the role of Amy Schumer’s sister in comedy Trainwreck. It became a smash hit, and Brie thinks it’s easy to see why.

“Laughter is the best way to get over something,” she smiled. “It’s one of the things I respect most about Amy Schumer. She has found a way to get us closer to ourselves and see the ugly side of humanity, but not in a way that’s pointing a finger, or that’s angry. She does it in a way that makes us see the absurdity and laugh at it.”

Brie added she’s “fascinated” by exploring flawed and unconventional characters, which is why she picks such diverse roles.

– Cover Media