Brie Larson Is Insisting That the ‘Captain Marvel’ Press Tour Include Diverse Media Outlets
As she gears up for the massive press tour that will accompany the premiere of Captain Marvel in March of this year, the film’s star, Brie Larson, is insisting that participating media not be predominantly male and white in the hopes of making coverage as inclusive as possible.
“About a year ago, I started paying attention to what my press days looked like and the critics reviewing movies, and noticed it appeared to be overwhelmingly white male,” Larson told IndieWire, speaking to her choice to have disabled journalist Keah Brown interview her for her Marie Claire February cover story.
“So, I spoke to Dr. Stacy Smith at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, who put together a study to confirm that,” Larson continued. “Moving forward, I decided to make sure my press days were more inclusive. After speaking with you, the film critic Valerie Complex and a few other women of color, it sounded like across the board they weren’t getting the same opportunities as others. When I talked to the facilities that weren’t providing it, they all had different excuses.”
While her public profile continues to rise, starring in the first woman-led Marvel movie in the studio’s over 10-year history, 29-year-old Larson is taking the opportunity — and her privilege as a white actress — to help push for better solutions to gender and racial parity in Hollywood.
“I want to go out of my way to connect the dots,” the Oscar winner told IndieWire. Larson went on to say that she connects her real-life Hollywood experience with how her character, Carol Danvers struggles to understand how to utilize power for good. ”
[The role] comes with all these privileges and powers that make me feel uncomfortable because I don’t really need them…It’s a by-product of the profession and a sign of the times. But any uncomfortableness I feel is balanced by the knowledge that it gives me the ability to advocate for myself and others.”
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