Brie Larson Calls for More Diverse Filmmakers
Brie Larson hopes to see more female directors of every “type of race” break into Hollywood. The actress has certainly landed a variety of characters on the silver screen over recent years, from her Oscar-winning turn as a mother held captive in drama Room to a photo journalist in new adventure movie Kong: Skull Island.
Not every actress has been lucky enough to boast such a diverse career though, and it’s something Larson believes would change if more women were behind the camera. “I think that we’re more than just being strong or just being mothering. I think there’s a whole lot that goes on in between for us to explore,” she told the BBC. “I think the best place to start would be more female film directors — more female filmmakers of every different type of race — and we need to get out of these binary ways of thinking.” Larson added that gaining more “unique voices” behind the camera, is the only real way to be able to tell authentic stories “through other people’s eyes.” The 27-year-old is so passionate about championing women, that she herself has taken on her first-ever project as a director with comedy flick Unicorn Store. Not only will she helm and produce the feature, but she’ll also star in the tale about a woman who moves back home to live with her parents. Her Kong co-star Samuel L. Jackson is set to appear in the movie too, though Larson admitted on Thursday’s Live with Kelly that nerves got the better of her when it came to inviting him on board. “I was actually too afraid to ask him about it, because, you know, he’s kind of an intimidating person, but through the course of making the film we became great friends and he became sort of this champion and mentor to me, and so he actually said that he wanted to be part of it and so I said, ‘Yes of course,'” she smiled.