As Hollywood’s newest It Girl, Brie Larson has no shortage of new fans and well-wishers. But not everyone in her life is sharing in her success. According to Elle‘s March cover story on the Oscar-nominated Room star, Larson hasn’t spoken to her father in 10 years.
Per Elle, the actress’ parents divorced when she was a little girl, after which she drifted apart from her dad. “When legally I didn’t have to have visitation with him anymore, I jumped on it,” she explained to the mag. “As a kid I tried to understand him and understand the situation. But he didn’t do himself any favors. I don’t think he ever really wanted to be a parent.”
Their relationship — or lack thereof — had a profound effect not just on her personal life but also on her career.
“It wasn’t until truly recently that I realized that’s why so much of my work was so volatile,” she shared. “All of the stuff I wasn’t dealing with in my actual life — all of this anger, my fears and my vulnerabilities — I didn’t feel comfortable expressing because I felt like it was part of the human code that when we’re out in the public space, everyone’s perfect and good, and we’re all nice women, and we dress well and we brush our hair and agree with these customs.”
Speaking of nice women, Larson, 26, couldn’t say enough good things about her peers in the industry. Although she’s widely considered the frontrunner to win the Best Actress Oscar for her intense turn in Room, the former child actress and aspiring pop singer still gets starstruck around other A-listers.
Recalling a weekend last November, when she spent several days doing press with some of her fellow nominees, Larson told Elle, “It was crazy. It was pretty much, like, Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan and me. Then Jennifer Lawrence came in for a little bit, and Kate Winslet, Carey Mulligan. … You’re having meals together, and doing these roundtables — I felt like I was hallucinating.”
Larson has since rubbed elbows again with the likes of Winslet and J.Law at multiple awards shows, but at the time, she was relatively new to the scene. “Most of those people I’d never met before,” she said, “so it was like the moment when you’re not at the kid’s table anymore: Wow, not only am I sitting with these legends, but Kate Winslet saw me and ran across the room and grabbed me and with such a beautiful intensity said, ‘I am so f–king excited for you!’ I love her.”
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