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Brie Larson interview: 'I just wanted to do weird stuff'

19 October 2013 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actress, musician and fledgling director Brie Larson is unfazed by the Oscars buzz around her role in new indie film Short Term 12. She'll just carry on doing things her way – from working for nothing to designing her own typefaces

'You're coming in at a very strange time for me," says Brie Larson. She has just arrived in London on the redeye from New York and is sitting on a steroidally plumped sofa in a Soho hotel suite. Her hair and makeup are freshly glammed and the late-afternoon light from the window catches the right side of her face with a cinematic radiance. She looks, in short, exactly as a 24-year-old Hollywood starlet should. We are here to talk about her new project, Short Term 12, a film about which Us critics have been ravingly effusive. Some have compared Larson's performance to Jennifer Lawrence's breakthrough in Winter's Bone. Many »

- Tim Lewis

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10 Actors to Watch: Brie Larson Breaks Out With ‘Short Term 12′

9 October 2013 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Brie Larson has been performing nearly her entire life, as a singer, on TV (“United States of Tara”) and in film (“21 Jump Street”). But her revelatory performance as a wounded foster-care supervisor in “Short Term 12” represented a big step forward, attracting fresh attention and respect for the actress, who credits the dynamic on Destin Daniel Cretton’s production with buoying her.

“It’s the most loving set that I’ve ever been a part of,” she says. “You just realize how important that is to doing good work. I don’t think I could be as honest as I was with Grace in this film if I didn’t just feel the stripped-down essence of myself — no makeup, no hair, no nothing, just a raw human being that’s struggling.”

In addition to her impressive lead turn in “Short Term 12, »

- Jon Weisman

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