It might seem like Hollywood stars have nothing to complain about, what with earning millions for movies and getting to wear sparkly dresses to a string of flashy parties, but Brie Larson has revealed that a group of her fellow actresses “saved her life” when she felt her mental health spiralling.
The Oscar winner spoke candidly to Vanity Fair in a new interview, explaining how she began feeling “lonely and bad” during the hectic promotional tour for her 2015 movie Room and struggled to cope under the pressure. That is, until Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence stepped in to help a sista out.
“I was embarrassed to keep talking about myself but Emma wrote this beautiful email out of nowhere and then one day Jen sent me a text message after she saw Room, and we started talking,” she said, adding that she was soon invited to join a group chat also including Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham.
“That saved my life. I was able to talk about it with them, about everything that was going on in my life and it was with people who had been through it before and are also hilarious.
“That support and acceptance is everything. I was home-schooled so I didn’t have friends that had the same interests as me and I found it absolutely incredible.”
Larson was introduced to Stone and Lawrence by their mutual co-star Woody Harrelson and ever since, they have been supporting each other through the highs and lows of A-list life.
The strength of their bond was gloriously evident in a photo shot backstage at this year’s Oscars, showing Larson hugging Stone with tears in her eyes following the latter’s Best Actress win.
Larson had won for Room the previous year, presumably making all that blood, sweat and tears worth it, but her emotional experience proves that the value of friendship should never be underestimated when it comes to looking after our health and wellbeing. Without which, none of us could win an Oscar.