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Twenty-three-year-old California bred Brie Larson has mined an impressive career as a stellar supporting player with memorable performances in "Rampart," "21 Jump Street" and Diablo Cody's HBO show "The United States of Tara" as Toni Collette's rebellious daughter. In the SXSW Narrative Competition entry "Short Term 12," the second feature from "I Am Not a Hipster" director Destin Daniel Cretton, the actress moves up to leading lady status to anchor the indie drama as Grace, a  20-something supervisor at a foster-care facility, pregnant with the child of her co-worker boyfriend (John Gallagher Jr.), and weighed down by one dark secret she's harboring. The film premiered yesterday to rave notices in Austin, with many critics singling out Larson's performance as the highlight of the Cretton's feature (Indiewire's Eric Kohn praised her turn as "tremendously involving"). Larson sat down with Indiewire to discuss the pressure of carrying the drama, her fresh outlook on. »

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