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Brie Larson has acted in a wide variety of projects over her career, including the 2015 drama Room. Larson earned numerous accolades for her performance as Joy Newsom in that movie, which included taking home the Academy Award for Best Actress. Winning an Oscar is a tremendous accomplishment for any actor, but the award became more meaningful to Larson after she received some advice from fellow Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence about framing the win in more practical terms. As Larson recalled:
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’. 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.’
After winning her Best Actress Oscar on February 28, 2016, Brie Larson called Jennifer Lawrence the morning after feeling bewildered about owning one of these golden trophies. Fortunately, as Larson stated during her interview with InStyle, Jennifer Lawrence, who’s no stranger to winning acting awards, suggested she appreciate the Oscar simply as a certification. Larson’s already proved her acting chops in various other movies and TV shows, and while she didn’t feel differently about herself overall, her Room performance and the Oscar win that followed was firm proof that she’s one of the best performers in the business.
Jennifer Lawrence was definitely a good person for Brie Larson to talk with after bringing home the Academy Award. Like Larson, Lawrence is a performer who’s made a big splash in Hollywood at a young age. She won her Oscar for Best Actress for her performance as Tiffany Maxwell in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, and she’s been nominated three other times, most recently for playing Joy Mangano in 2015’s Joy. Lawrence has a good handle on how to look at these accolades, so if she could aid Larson on that front, then good on her!
Given her increasing stardom, one would imagine it’s only a matter of time before Brie Larson is up for Academy Awards consideration again. In the meantime, she has plenty of projects to keep busy with in the near future. Next month Larson’s jumping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the half-human, half-Kree superhero Captain Marvel and she’ll co-star alongside Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy next year. It was also announced last week that Unicorn Store, which was her first time directing a feature, as she co-helmed it with Lynette Howell Taylor, will hit Netflix in April. The two women are teaming up again behind the camera for Lady Business, which will be released on the same streaming platform and Larson is also expected to star in.
You can see Brie Larson debut as Carol Danvers when Captain Marvel is released in theaters on March 8, and she’ll reprise that role less than two months later for Avengers: Endgame. If you’re curious about what other movies are opening later this year, look through our 2019 release schedule.