Do you even lift? Brie Larson apparently does, and she’s not afraid to talk about it.
Brie Larson, the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was recently interviewed by Variety, and although she wasn’t willing to dish any spoilers for her upcoming “Captain Marvel” film or “Infinity War” sequel, she did explain how playing the role of Carol Danvers made her a stronger person, mentally and physically.
“I will say that I learned that I’m much stronger than I realized in playing her,” Larson said.
Just like with most superhero roles, Larson had to get in shape for the part. She trained for nine months, and lifting weights was an intrigue component. “My highest right now is 215 lbs. in deadlifts. 400 lb. hip thrusts,” Larson bragged to Variety. “Being able to lift weight like that really changed my perspective and understanding of myself.”
Talk about women empowerment! You may not know what a “hip thrust” entails, but you should be both impressed and frightened.
Larson also described the challenge of not letting her blossoming success get to her head. “A lot of my life recently has felt like it’s happening to somebody else. I think part of it is a defense mechanism. It feels better to kind of continue to have my own understanding of myself, rather than one that was put on me by the outside world.”
Even though the 28-year-old actress’s career is on an upwards climb, Larson admitted that she was originally unsure about taking the role of Captain Marvel. Being cast in the MCU puts a lot of pressure on an actress and could be a life-changing experience. She admitted to the Associated Press she wasn’t sure that the part was right for her.
“There’s a lot about it that felt like a big decision and it’s not just a big decision for myself, it’s a big decision for my family and my partner and for my friends,” Larson said. “It’s a big change for everybody and I wasn’t sure if it was the right thing for me.”
Larson is now fully committed and even hinted that “Captain Marvel” could be as groundbreaking as Black Panther. “Going through a movie that requires so much and takes this long, I’m realizing I’m way stronger than I knew.”
“Captain Marvel” will open in theaters on March 8 of next year, just a few months after the “Infinity War” sequel. Captain Marvel is expected to make an appearance in that film as well, and if you watched the after credits scene of “Infinity War,” she might have a larger role than previous thought.