Super Star: 4 ways Brie Larson is a real-life superhero

The Hollywood actress, burning up the silver screen as Captain Marvel, has pulled off awe-inspiring feats in real life too.

Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson recently visited Marina Bay Sands as part of her publicity tour for Captain Marvel, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s raft of superhero flicks. And like the character she plays, Larson can also lay claim to a number of real-world heroic acts.

1. She was the youngest actress admitted to the ACT

The painfully shy, “straight-laced” Larson overcame her fear of social situations as a child to pursue her love of acting—she wrote and directed her own home movies, filming her cousins in her garage. This tenacity paid off when, at the tender age of six, she was accepted as a student by the American Conservatory Theater (ACT)’s Young Conservatory.

2. She puts it all on the line during pre-prep

Larson is known as an actor’s actor for her intense pre-filming preparation. In Room, she played Ma, a young woman held in captivity. As much of the movie was filmed inside a 10ft x 10ft shed, Larson readied herself for the role by spending a month isolated in her home. She also altered her diet, exercised extensively to get thinner, and avoided sunlight to look the part. Her hard work paid off, as Larson clinched the Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Globe and BAFTA in the same category, for Room

3. She can push a jeep up a hill (yes, really)

True to form, the 29-year-old actress prepared for her role in Captain Marvel by working out extensively for nine months. She picked up boxing, wrestling and judo to build her physical strength prior to production. A high point for her was managing 97kg in deadlifts and 181kg hip thrusts. “I wanted to make sure that I was not just putting on a costume and portraying strength, but that I really owned it,” she said. “And when you’re pushing a jeep up a hill for sixty seconds (as part of your training), you’re going to brag about it!”

4. She is a role model for women everywhere

The California native is a gender-equality activist. She was an early organiser of Time’s Up, a movement against sexual harassment founded by Hollywood celebrities, and is a vocal champion of sexual assault survivors. “I’d put it all on the line and be an activist for the rest of my life because it doesn’t feel right to me to be quiet,” she said.