On-screen, Brie Larson is kicking ass as Captain Marvel, a superhero fighting in a galactic war. Off-screen, she’s kicking ass in a very different, but very important fight. The actress is pushing for more diversity in her film’s press tour – and she’s already put her money where her mouth is.
When Larson was asked to be interviewed by Marie Claire, she specifically requested that her interviewer be Keah Brown, a journalist who writes about “pop culture, disability, blackness, and womanhood.” During their conversation, Brown emphasized just how much that decision meant to her.
“I was thrilled you requested me to interview you,” Brown told Larson. “I thought, ‘This is game-changing’. It’s the biggest opportunity I’ve had. Nobody usually wants to take a chance on a disabled journalist.”
Larson’s celebrity is about to hit new heights with the release of Captain Marvel, the first solo outing for a female superhero in the decades-old Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actress said the role has given her an opportunity to begin working on solutions to Hollywood’s gender parity. Brie Larson had this to say:
“I want to go out of my way to connect the dots. It just took me using the power that I’ve been given now as Captain Marvel. [The role] comes with all these privileges and powers that make me feel uncomfortable because I don’t really need them…It’s a by-product of the profession and a sign of the times. But any uncomfortableness I feel is balanced by the knowledge that it gives me the ability to advocate for myself and others.”
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence. The film arrives on March 8.
Source: Marie Claire