Brie Larson: Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone “saved my life”

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No man is an island – and Brie Larson has reminded us that the same is true of women everywhere, no matter how famous they may be.

The Oscar-winning actor, in a candid new interview, has revealed that the promotional tour for her 2015 film Room took an enormous toll on her mental and emotional wellbeing. However, as Larson found herself feeling increasingly “lonely and bad” under the pressure, she says Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence stepped forward to offer their invaluable support (mutual co-star Woody Harrelson had previously introduced them).

“I was embarrassed to keep talking about myself,” says Larson. “[But] Emma wrote this beautiful email out of nowhere, and then one day Jen sent me a text message after she saw Room, and we started talking.”

Larson goes on to tell Vanity Fair that the message she received from Lawrence ended up turning into a group chat chain that including Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer.

“That [group of friends] saved my life,” admits Larson. “I was able to talk about it with them – about everything that was going on in my life, and it was with people who had been through it before and are also hilarious.”

Larson, Lawrence, and Stone – all of whom are Oscar winners, and all of whom are, at 27, 26, and 28 years old respectively -  have all worked hard to encourage and support one another throughout their Hollywood journeys.

Similarly, they are all there to celebrate one another’s successes, too: Larson was famously photographed wrapping her arms around Stone at the 2017 Oscars and bursting into tears of joy over her friend’s big Best Actress win.

Speaking about how much the friendship means to her, Larson adds: “That support and acceptance [is] everything.

“I was home-schooled, so I didn't have friends that had the same interests as me, and I found it to be absolutely incredible [to have these women in my life].”

Larson’s dependence on her friends during difficult times is not unusual, nor surprising. In fact, a new study recently proved that “best friendships are a protective mechanism” – and having at least one close friend serves to build up our emotional resilience.

Images: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.