Captain Marvel is not just another movie role for Brie Larson. The 30-year-old actress has opened up about her struggles with social anxiety, and how joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe improved her mental health.
In her first video on her newly launched YouTube channel, Larson admitted that she is an “introvert” and suffers with asthma, and wants to help others by sharing her own story.
“For me, my baseline has been, I’m an introvert with asthma. Like, that’s been my story for myself … I’m introverted, I’m scared, I have social anxiety. And through, in particular, playing Captain Marvel, that like kind of wiped clean those titles I had for myself and made me go, ‘Woah, I’m not really that anymore.’ And so, from there I found that speaking out, telling my story, talking about things that I’m scared of, has just helped me so much,” she explained.
She added that she has learned so much from YouTube and wanted to start her own channel to help inspire and educate others. Viewers can expect “deep conversations, anti-racist rhetoric [and] inclusive content” as well as “silly content”.
In the video, the Oscar winner also talked about some of the roles she tried out for but did not get: “I auditioned for Star Wars, I auditioned for Hunger Games, I auditioned for the Terminator reboot,” she said. “I actually was thinking about the Terminator reboot today because I got a flat tire and I was like, ‘Oh, the last time I got a flat tire was when I was driving into my audition for Terminator, got a flat tire at the audition and then didn’t get the job.'”