Brie Larson Opens Up About 10-Year Estrangement With Her Father

by Elizabeth VanMetre 11:55 AM PST, February 09, 2016
Playing Brie Larson Opens Up About 10-Year Estrangement With Her Father

Things are looking pretty good right now for Brie Larson -- but that hasn't always been the case.

In the March issue of Elle, the Oscar-nominated actress reveals she hasn't seen or spoken to her father in 10 years.

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"When legally I didn't have to have visitation with him anymore, I jumped on it," the 26-year-old Room star shares with regard to her parents' divorce when she was child. "As a kid I tried to understand him and understand the situation. But he didn't do himself any favors. I don't think he ever really wanted to be a parent."

Photo: Terry Tsiolis for ELLE

But Larson believes the strained relationship with her father definitely had an impact on her acting career.

"It wasn't until truly recently that I realized that's why so much of my work was so volatile," she explains. "All of the stuff I wasn't dealing with in my actual life — all of this anger, my fears and my vulnerabilities -- I didn't feel comfortable expressing because I felt like it was part of the human code that when we're out in the public space, everyone's perfect and good, and we're all nice women, and we dress well and we brush our hair and agree with these customs."

Meanwhile, Larson can't help but gush about the other leading ladies she has had the pleasure of meeting while making the pre-awards publicity rounds.

Photo: Terry Tsiolis for ELLE

"It was crazy. It was pretty much, like, Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan, and me. Then Jennifer Lawrence came in for a little bit, and Kate Winslet, Carey Mulligan," she says while recalling one recent gathering. "You're having meals together, and doing these roundtables—I felt like I was hallucinating. Most of those people I'd never met before, so it was like the moment when you're not at the kid's table anymore: Wow, not only am I sitting with these legends, but Kate Winslet saw me and ran across the room and grabbed me and with such a beautiful intensity said, 'I am so f**king excited for you!' I love her."

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Another person in her life that Larson loves is her boyfriend, singer Alex Greenwald.

"Oh man, I mean, he's the other half of the equation -- how can you explain support?" she told ET's Cameron Mathison at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards. "I mean, it goes beyond anything. He's just my person, he's my best friend."

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