Brie Larson is opening about her “best experience” on set.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, with Tessa Thompson and Annenberg Inclusion Initiative founder Stacy Smith, the Oscar-winning actress, 29, recalls her time filming “Just Mercy” with Michael B. Jordan.
Jordan, who publicly announced his new production company’s inclusion rider, produced and starred in the film but because of the rider he made sure at least 70 per cent of the staff were people of colour.
“‘Just Mercy’ filmed in Atlanta, so they were able to pull from a certain talent pool there, but I also think they had to fly in certain people in order to meet the quota they were committed to.”
“It was the best experience I’ve ever had,” Larson continued. “It was the first time in my career that I had hair, makeup, and wardrobe crew that were all people of colour.” She continued, “I’ve been in SAG since I was seven years old. Twenty years, I’ve been surrounded by white people. It saddens me to recognize that we’ve been segregated in this way within our industry.”
Thompson, who starred alongside Jordan in both “Creed” films, says it’s people like Jordan, Reese Witherspoon, Ava DuVernay and others who demand an inclusion rider who are paving the way.
“I remember having a conversation with Frances McDormand about the inclusion rider at a party during awards season, and then she’s onstage saying it to the world, and it becomes a call to action,” Thompson said. “The most powerful moments of activism are when we have a lot of different people in the room and we’re trying to decide how to best use everyone.”
Read more from the pair here.