Another day, another reason to love Brie Larson.
It goes without saying that the first female-led superhero film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a big deal. For a long time, superhero films focused on women were stalled because of the made-up notion that no one would pay to see a woman kick ass – something that the phenomenal success of Wonder Woman proved wrong in 2017.
Now, potentially the most badass female superhero there is has made it onto the big screen, and what makes this an even bigger deal is that Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers is played by Brie Larson, who is a bit of superhero in real life, too.
Larson is determined to use her fame and platform for positive change, and has pushed for equal representation for women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds on the press tour for the film, putting an inclusivity rider in place which ensures the projects she works on include female, BAME and disabled journalists, stylists, social media teams, photographers, designers and hair and makeup artists.
So, knowing that she is such an incredible role model, we thought we’d scooch over for a second and let a few of those girls get in the hot seat and ask Larson some burning questions. We asked three wonderful young women from the Girlguiding association to interview the actor and ask about her newly released film. This is what they had to say…
Captain Marvel is the first female-led Marvel film which is a huge step forward, but did you feel any pressure in taking up the role - and has it helped knowing you can be a role model for young women?
“I specifically decided not to feel pressure because I didn’t think it was going to be very helpful to put that on myself. I knew that I was going to be motivated and push myself to the limit without feeling people were, you know, needing me to be a certain way.
“The main thing for me is just like, I’m trying to be the best person I can be and if people are into that then cool, but if not it’s fine, that’s fine too.”
Why do you think it’s important for young women and girls to have female role models on TV and film?
“I think, for me growing up, I was very insecure and lonely and introverted. I mean, I still kind of am that but when I watched movies I felt like there were times that with representation I felt understood, or felt that it was okay that I could be weird.
“I could just be who I was and so having that sort of mirrored back reflection , I think is a really important thing and also sort of comforting and we deserve to be comforted - it’s hard to grow up.”
As part of Girlguiding, badges are a really big deal for us, so we wanted to present you with an “I give girls a voice” badge because you’ve obviously been so outspoken and a real inspiration to a lot of girls, so we wanted to give you that.
“Thank you so much, I really appreciate that. You know we actually had, well I, started a little tradition on Captain Marvel where almost every week I’d make a badge and pass them out to people. So we’d do different ones for different aspects of the movie and it really took off, and then suddenly all the different departments were making them.
“Yeah, there were probably 40 or 50 of them by the end. You’d walk on set and there were just people covered in buttons. It was awesome, so thank you, I really appreciate this!”
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