Brie Larson Takes On The Term ‘It Girl’ | Film News

In this Wed., Sept. 30, 2015 photo, actress Brie Larson poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Larson stars as Ma in the new film, “Room.” The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)


The term “It Girl” is an old one. It’s been around for ages and is said to have reached global attention way back in 1927 with the popularity of the film It which starred Clara Bow – who was, wait for it, crowned an “It Girl”. Ever since, countless women have been crowned “It”. But what does it actually entail? Brie Larson takes down the term in a new interview with CBS News.


When it was suggested that she was this year’s “It Girl” she laughed it off and continued to try and wrap her head around the perplexing term. “But what is ‘it’? There is no ‘it!’” Larson said. “And who was ‘it’ before ‘it’? And when does ‘it’ go away? When did I get ‘it’? Who’s going to take ‘it’? It’s so weird.” She then added, “I think it’s a really funny term, I’m just a person. I’m not anything!”


To say that the level-headed Larson has had a great year is an understatement. She received well-deserved praise for her role in the summer blockbuster Trainwreck and is now earning major Oscar buzz for her performance in Room.  She is already well known on the indie scene for her performances in Short Term 12 and Don Juan, and she has also starred in 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim Vs the World. 


Despite an impressive resume it hasn’t always been a smooth ride, and Larson faced a lot of rejection in her early years. “It’s all of these nos. And it becomes very confusing, especially when you’re growing into your womanhood to constantly be told what you’re not. And it always felt like such a blow to me.” But the hard work has paid of, all those “nos” and trials helped her develop a strong sense of self. Receiving success straight away isn’t always a good thing. We learn so much more from failure – it builds character. “I don’t believe in ‘deserved,’ but I might believe in ‘earned”. 



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