Everyone knows Hollywood is not a place for the faint-hearted. The big screen can be a tough and unforgiving place where you either grab the spotlight or fade into the background.
Brie Larson, one of Hollywood’s brightest stars and Marvel’s own Captain Marvel, had her share of disappointments too. Yes, even the Oscar-winning actress had times when she almost let the dream slip through her fingers.
Brie once confessed to Thrillist, “There were so many times I was told ‘no.’ I was told I was too tall, too short, didn’t have the right eye color. But the ‘no’ that hurt the most was when I missed out on Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch.”
Like many actors, Larson faced countless rejections at auditions. It’s part of the job. But there was one particular role, the one that got away, which hit her harder than most.
Larson opened up about this soul-crushing rejection on her YouTube channel. The 2011 blockbuster movie, Sucker Punch, boasted a star-studded cast including Emily Browning, Jena Malone, and Abbie Cornish.
Missing out on such an opportunity was a devastating blow for Larson, who at that point, was questioning if her Hollywood dreams were worth the heartache.
The “Fast X” star confessed, “There were moments when quitting seemed like the only option. All the ‘no’s were just too much to handle.” But, as we all know, the path to success is often littered with setbacks and Captain Marvel wouldn’t be deterred so easily.
Using the rejections as fuel for her passion, Larson pushed through the disappointments. “If I hadn’t experienced all that pain,” Larson reflected, “I wouldn’t understand what it takes to play a dramatic role.”
She explained further, “All those times I felt broken, they’re the reason I can portray characters in films like Room and Short Term 12.”
As she turns the pages on past rejections, Brie Larson is set to shine again in her superhero persona.
The exciting first trailer for ‘The Marvels’, the sequel to Captain Marvel, shows Larson leading a new team, and it’s sure to get fans buzzing. We’ll be able to see her soar on the big screen when the movie hits theaters on November 10.