In the devastating new drama Room, Brie Larson plays a young woman held captive in a tiny backyard shack with her son. “So the typical things that you do in a day like, ‘Oh I’ll just zone out and watch [the Food Network reality show] Chopped for 30 minutes’ isn’t enough with something like this.” (Watch the full interview above.) Related: The Movie ‘Room’ Really Made a Super-Small, Prison-Like Room. She found that easy with her 9-year-old co-star Jacob Tremblay, who she bonded with over Star Wars. “So I’d get off work, I’d go to a karaoke place, I’d sing one song — I’d sing like an Usher song or a Mariah Carey song — and then I’d go home.” What songs would Larson (who has also been a professional recording artist since 2005) belt out?
Brie Larson knew she had to forge a tight bond with Jacob Tremblay, her precocious young costar in the tense thriller Room. “We went to a pizza parlor and he had these little Star Wars Lego figurines, and I asked him some questions about Star Wars,” Larson told Yahoo Movies (watch above). “And once he knew that I could talk shop regarding Star Wars, then it was easy.” The two actors are now both drawing major kudos (and awards buzz) for the Lenny Abrahamson-directed film based on Emma Donoghue’s novel about a young woman who, along with her 5-year-old son, is held captive in the backyard shed of a kidnapper.
Room star Brie Larson never had to endure the nightmarish circumstances forced upon her character Ma, who, when the movie opens, has been held prisoner for seven years in a backyard shed. But the 26-year-old actress was able to tap into personal experiences from her childhood while playing the resilient heroine in the adaptation of the best-selling Emma Donoghue novel.