Brie Larson achieved a career milestone on Sunday, winning her first Oscar for her riveting performance in Room.
But back when she was an up-and-coming actress, she was far too familiar with Hollywood's sexism — specifically when going out for roles.
After winning the Best Actress awards, Larson revealed backstage that she was repeatedly asked to dress a certain way during auditions.
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"There were many times that I would go into auditions and a casting director would say, 'It's really great. Really love what you're doing, but we'd love you to come back with a jean miniskirt and high heels.'"
The 26-year-old admitted those requests presented "a real fork in the road," because she felt there was "no reason" for her to oblige, adding:
"I personally rejected that notion… It always made me feel terrible, because they were asking me to wear a jean miniskirt and heels to be sexy, but a jean miniskirt and heels does not make me feel sexy. It makes me feel uncomfortable."
But it all worked out for the best!
Larson said it was rejecting the notion that made her able to stand up for herself — and ultimately start going out for bigger roles! She continued:
"Learning, for me, what it took to feel confident and strong and take what these people were trying to get to exude out of me, comes from a personal place. And trying to represent in film women that I know, women that I understand, complicated women, women that are inside of me — that became my mission."
We think that's a much better mission — and it certainly paid off!
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