Stardom can be a lonely prize, but Brie Larson is in good company.
The new Vanity Fair cover girl reveals how her new-found friendship with fellow Oscar winners Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer, helped her through a major slump.
Larson, 27, tells the publication how she “felt lonely and bad sometimes” and was “embarrassed to keep talking about [herself]” during press tours for her breakout film, “Room”. The actress says her fellow celebs picked up on her vibe and reached out. “Emma wrote this beautiful e-mail out of nowhere, and then one day Jen [Lawrence] sent me a text message after she saw ‘Room’, and we started talking,” she recalls. “That [group of friends] saved my life.”
The Oscar-winning actress also dishes on almost turning down the titular role in Marvel’s “Captain Marvel”, the first standalone female superhero film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “It took me a really long time,” she explains. “I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up.
“I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women — I’ll do it.”
Aside from acting in mega-blockbusters, Larson is also making her directorial debut with “Unicorn Store”. The movie stars Hollywood veterans Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford, and Samuel L. Jackson. Larson is confident now is the right time to make the leap into the director’s chair. “I felt like, What better time for me to direct than now, when I don’t have a stigma attached of this extra scrutiny, like, ‘Oh, she’s an actor—now she wants to be a director?'”
Growing up with a tight budget, Larson is put off by the large number of zeroes in her bank account: “I still refuse to pay a lot for clothes.” She admits that only a few years ago she was “living off the food in the film-festival welcome gift bags.” The 27-year-old bought her first car last year and donates to charities on a regular basis.
Now that she has more bills lining her wallet, she did splurge on $2000 repair for her hot tub, “I felt really guilty because a hot tub’s a luxury item to me.”
The May issue of Vanity Fair appears on the iPhone, Kindle, and other devices on Thursday, April 27 and on newsstands Tuesday, May 2.