Brie Larson wants to see diversity on screen and behind the camera, but also among the press.
Speaking to Marie Claire, the “Captain Marvel” star explained that she had specifically picked journalist Keah Brown to interview her for the magazine.
“I was thrilled you requested me to interview you,” Brown told Larson. “I thought, ‘This is game-changing’. It’s the biggest opportunity I’ve had. Nobody usually wants to take a chance on a disabled journalist.”
Asked about her reasoning for handpicking Brown, Larson explained, “About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies, and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male.”
She continued, “So, I spoke to Dr. Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who put together a study to confirm that. Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. After speaking with you, the film critic Valerie Complex and a few other women of colour, it sounded like across the board they weren’t getting the same opportunities as others. When I talked to the facilities that weren’t providing it, they all had different excuses.”
The 29-year-old actress said that the position her blockbuster new film has given her means she now has the ability to make change.
“I want to go out of my way to connect the dots,” Larson said. “It just took me using the power that I’ve been given now as Captain Marvel. [The role] comes with all these privileges and powers that make me feel uncomfortable because I don’t really need them.”