As Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” continues to burn up the box office while demonstrating that audiences are more than ready for female-led superhero movies, the Oscar-winning actress still believes that the LGBTQ community is woefully underrepresented in these types of films.
Speaking with Variety’s Marc Malkin for the first episode of Variety and iHeartMedia’s new film podcast “The Big Ticket”, Larson discusses the importance of characters such as hers.
“I’m happy to be on the forefront of the normalization of this type of content and to prove once again that representation matters. Diverse storytelling matters, the female experience matters, and these are markers,” says Larson, 29. “So it’s something I’ve always known and I think a lot of people always knew, but this is just normalizing.”
Larson admits that the experience of having young girls approach her to thank her has made her “surprisingly emotional,” telling Malkin: “I don’t think we think about that all the time as kids. I think we accept what we have, but to see this new generation of boys and girls, or kids who don’t identify as either, being able to see this on screen and to not know anything different is really exciting.”
Malkin tells Larson that he never expected to see an LGBTQ superhero when he was growing up, leading Larson to comment: “That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason. I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero. So, to me, it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.”
You can listen to the podcast’s debut episode in its entirety right here: