Brie Larson: ‘Shyness didn’t stop me acting’

Oscar-nominated star Brie Larson was so shy when she was younger that she thinks her mother must have laughed at her acting dream.

The 26-year-old actress has won over a global audience with her performance in Room, which has already scored her a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award. She’s destined for further success thanks to her talent and even though her mum encouraged her watch films, she never predicted her daughter would find fame as a screen star.

“I was really, really shy as a kid, so I know when I apparently told my mum I knew what my dharma was and that I wanted to be an actor, she must have laughed,” Brie recalled to The Straits Times. “There’s this dichotomy I had to deal with where performances were perfectly comfortable, but going to a friend’s birthday party… I’d have a heart attack.

“My mum was trying to entertain us with Gone with the Wind and Fried Green Tomatoes. She just put those on and I got obsessed. I made all these re-creations of Gone with the Wind.”

Room, based on the book by Emma Donoghue, is about a woman who is imprisoned in a small space with her five-year-old son Jack, whose father is her captor. Brie and her young co-star Jacob Tremblay grew close during the intense shoot, and it wasn’t without its emotional moments.

“I just remember shooting a lot on that day,” she recalled of a particular scene. “I was very tired. I was telling Lenny (Abrahamson, director), ‘I don’t think I have any more tears to shed today.’ He said: ‘Take a second and I want you to run out.’

“I didn’t know where Jack was, which car he was in. And then I ran out. And then afterwards, I had zero memory. This scene was over and I was pretty hysterical and the producers and everyone came over to me and, god – put me in a car, and the driver said, ‘Are you okay?’ And I just fell asleep instantly.”

– Cover Media


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