Brie Larson: Captain Marvel’s best trait is ‘she didn’t apologize for herself’

The British Fashion Awards 2018

Brie Larson covers the March issue of InStyle Magazine to promote Captain Marvel, which comes out March 8th. Captain Marvel is the biggest thing Brie has ever undertaken from a career perspective, although it always sounds weird to say that considering she’s already won a Best Actress Oscar. Like, she managed to turn in a fantastic performance and quietly dominate an awards season by the age of 26, and now comes the real test: a stand-alone superheroine movie, and becoming part of the Marvel machinery. In any case, Brie continues to keep it real. I don’t think she knows any other way. You can read the InStyle cover story here. Some highlights:

What happened after she won an Oscar: The morning after the awards, she called her pal Jennifer Lawrence in a state of bewilderment. “I was like, ‘I don’t feel any different. I don’t feel better about myself. I still don’t feel like I’m a good actress.’ She was like, ‘Oh, yeah. That’s totally normal. I’ve had the same thing. Don’t think of it like that. Think of it as, like, you got your Ph.D. You’re certified; that’s it. It doesn’t change anything. You can still f–k up. Every judge is still human.’ ”

Captain Marvel’s best trait: “She didn’t apologize for herself. I felt like that was a really valuable trait, because she is incredibly flawed and makes a lot of mistakes … and has to ask to atone for them, and that is super valuable. She’s not ever shrinking herself down.”

She’s ready to be part of a massive Marvel movie: “The movie was the biggest and best opportunity I could have ever asked for. It was, like, my superpower. This could be my form of activism: doing a film that can play all over the world and be in more places than I can be physically.”

How hard she trained for the role: “The movie is not really going to look any different with the fact that I can actually lift 225 pounds. It doesn’t matter to anyone else, but it did to me. Breaking that boundary of what it means for a woman to be muscular and strong and own your body and use it as a tool, that felt meaningful.”

What she wants to keep from the Captain Marvel character: “I want to hold on to the cockiness and the sense of ownership. Because I do believe in my abilities, and I do value myself, and I do know that I’m strong, and I do know that I can do a lot of things that people don’t think I can do.”

On inclusion: “Inclusion has to be a choice; it’s not happening naturally. You really have to fight for it.”

[From InStyle]

I was thinking back to how some of the dudes of Marvel reacted to the life-changing moments of when their names became synonymous with superheroes. Several of them didn’t take it well – Chris Evans became even more of a neurotic mess and Chris Hemsworth basically went AWOL went it came to promoting the second Thor film. Brie isn’t like that – she’s already prepared herself for how big this is going to be, and she’s prepared to become a household name. But there’s part of me that believes that… even if she wasn’t doing all of this psychological preparation for her life to change, she wouldn’t be “allowed” to have the kind of reactions of Hemsworth and Evans. That’s the burden of being the first woman to headline a Marvel film – she has to be perfect out of the gate. And that sucks. And she’ll never be able to show how much it sucks.

The British Fashion Awards 2018

Covers courtesy of InStyle.

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  1. BeanieBean says:

    Love the shoes in that last photo. That’s all I’ve got

    • Laura says:

      I love the suit, but wish the background wasn’t so busy. The suit is already busy enough, you know?

      I’m excited for the movie and happy she’s putting the work in to fight for inclusivity.

  2. Lala11_7 says:

    Oh…maybe it’s just that…usually…women are ready to handle IT…and doesn’t too much matter what IT IS!

  3. Eve says:

    I plan to watch this movie already with a Captain Marvel shirt on — problem is: I haven’t bought it yet and fear it may be sold out.

    Anyway, six days to go (it opens on March 7 here).

    • Lightpurple says:

      I’m seeing it March 7 too. My niece is making a Captain Marvel costume.

      • Eve says:

        I’m kinda envious…

      • Lightpurple says:

        She went to Thor: Dark World dressed as Thor. She has a Captain America dress. My girl is a MCU geek.

        ETA I just bring my LEGO Loki keychain and hold him up to watch the movie.

      • Eve says:

        Oh, STAHP! My closest niece and nephew don’t like watching movies in the theater.

    • a reader says:

      I’m also seeing it in a preview show March 7. CANNOT WAIT.

      • Eve says:

        @ A Reader:

        But here in Brazil they actually open on a Thursday (opening day used to be on a Friday) — in that way, they can charge the “weekend price” that cost at the very least 1/3 more than the weekly days ones.

  4. Jag says:

    Brie has really upset so many youtubers with her unapologetic stance. You wouldn’t believe how triggered those men are! Articles are already saying that she has cost the movie $100 million due to how unpalatable she is to some men.

    I do see a tiny bit of some of what they’re saying, though, because her statement about breaking boundaries regarding women being strong just by lifting 225 pounds is actually laughable. I follow Stefi Cohen, and she’s a 120 lb. power lifter who squatted 396+ lbs and deadlifted 501 lbs on the last video that I watched, which was last year. And Jen Thompson, the strongest pound for pound female bench presser in the world, is crazy strong. In a video I watched last year with her at 44 years old and 132 lbs, she had a 325 lb squat, 446 lb deadlift, and 314 lb bench press.

    So Brie might want to rethink her wording about her breaking boundaries where strong women are concerned. Woman have been bodybuilding and power lifting for a long time now, so we’ve always been strong.

    • Leslie says:

      I assumed, rightly or wrongly, that Brie was talking about being muscular and strong in relation to the acting world. In the acting world, they always want women to be super thin and not outwardly muscular. Many women in superhero movies haven’t actually looked too muscular. So Brie gaining muscle and looking muscular and strong is a departure for the typical Hollywood standard for women. That’s what I assumed she was talking about, not that women haven’t been strong and muscular in real life before. But who knows; I could totally have read that wrong. Brie wasn’t super clear there.

    • Incredulous says:

      Nah, reckon you’re wrong there. Most women I know/have met have this idea that touching a weight gives you, like, Schwarzenegger cooties or something and you will turn into some sort of ripped roid monster, thudding around and having to turn sideways to get through doors.

      Mostly what happens is you lose some weight, tone up and get more flexible and your body starts to demand more fuel so you get to eat more.

      I’m guessing Brie had the same sort of idea and went through the “Don’t care” phase and came out all “Here, I’m looking GOOD!”

    • Eve says:

      “Articles are already saying that she has cost the movie $100 million due to how unpalatable she is to some men.”

      The only “articles” stating that are the ones written by the very same youtubers and bloggers who were throwing a hissy because of Larson’s opinions.

      Here, a link to a more reliable take on Captain Marvel’s opening weekend:

      • Lightpurple says:

        Usually, I’m the one who has to organize our MCU outings. This time, my cousin, an engineer who played college football, took the lead and got a group of women, including our 90 year old great aunt, tickets. He and the 90 year old are super-excited to see it. Good men aren’t upset about this film or the casting.

      • Eve says:

        @ Lightpurple:

        These bozos, low-lives youtubers (I laugh every time I type this) were the same jackasses complaining that the actress portraying Diana/Wonder Woman wasn’t buffy enough and, apparently, she was just fine.

        Their toddler tantrum seems only bigger now because it’s about Marvel Cinematic Universe, a juggernaut on its own merit.

        But you know what I actually think? They’re not mad at Larson’s remarks. They simply resent the fact she’s not wearing a skimpy outfit.

      • Eve says:

        Typo: meant “buff” in the comment above.

  5. duchess of hazard says:

    Carol Danvers has been through some THINGS in the comic world. I could see why she turned to drink, tbh. But she powered through it, go, Captain Marvel.

  6. Rdoug says:

    I hope this movie goes well so they can make a Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel movie.It would be so amazing to see a movie like this staring a Muslim American girl.

  7. Erinn says:

    I plan on watching the movie, and look forward to it. But I hate the teaser ad that keeps popping up while I’m watching videos that includes her saying something like “How do I look?” and the little girl excitedly replying “FRESH!”.

    I figure it makes more sense in context, but it’s a brief 30 second or so ad and it’s like … did they really have to include her asking how she looked? Yes, of course, woman superhero has to ask how she looks while being a badass.

    Again, it probably makes more sense in context to the scene, but it just annoyed me that that was one of the soundbites chosen.

  8. Fluffy Princess says:

    I’m so over douche-bros taking a piss on everything that is not catered to them and issuing threats to get their way. Their emotional maturity stopped at the toddler years. Gah!

    • Incredulous says:

      Have you noticed that these kind of videos are about two clicks away on Youtube and then your feed is clogged up with this crap for months? Youtube is gonna get a kicking for their algorithm and I suspect it is going to be soon.

      As to all the douchebros, well, it’s on the internet and it will never go away. No one is forcing them to post misogynist bunkum, neither have I any interest in their mewling mea culpas when they get called out.

  9. smcollins says:

    I know people have referred to her as “bland” or “too vanilla” but I really like her. She’s talented, seems to have a good head on her shoulders, and doesn’t cater to the spotlight (unless she’s promoting a film obviously). She keeps her private life pretty much on lockdown allowing her to disappear into the characters she plays, as it should be. And I’m definitely going to go see Captain Marvel!

  10. duchess of hazard says:

    To be fair to Chris Evans, I remember him rejecting the role for a long time, until RDJ spoke with him. After he accepted the role, he squared up and decided to go to therapy, and got help in terms of leaning into the role. So, I’d give him a pass over say Chris Hemsworth