Brie Larson Talks ‘Just Mercy’ And Activism In New ‘Variety’ Power Of Women Issue

Brie Larson doesn’t separate her career from her activism.

The Oscar-winning actress is one of the stars on the cover of Variety‘s new “Power of Women” issue, and in the feature interview, she discusses her new film “Just Mercy”.

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Larson reveals that director Destin Daniel Cretton wanted to cast her in the film about civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson but first she wanted to make sure co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx wanted her as well.

When she found out they did, Larson said, “OK, then I’m good because this is a form of allyship, and because both of them are the ones really doing the heavy lifting. These are extremely vulnerable performances.”

Speaking about her own character Eva Ansley, the 30-year-old says, “This is not somebody who is a lawyer. This is a mom who noticed something that was happening in her community and nothing was going to stop her from rectifying the situation in whatever way she could.”

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In her personal life, Larson is also known for her activism.

“How can you be decent to every single person you encounter?” she says of her approach to being an activist. “It starts with you, and then it’s just in a one-foot radius around you.”

She also hopes “Just Mercy” will inspire audiences.

“We as individual people need to look at ourselves and our biases, and where our hearts lie.”

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