To say Brie Larson has had a big year would be an understatement. After stealing scenes in Trainwreck this summer as Amy Schumer’s sister, Larson is now garnering some serious Oscar buzz for her role as a kidnapped young woman in Room. But when Larson sat down with CBS News to talk about the past year, she laughed at suggestions that she was this year’s “It Girl” and tried to figure out what the phrase actually means.
“But what is ‘it’? There is no ‘it!’” Larson said. “And who was ‘it’ before ‘it’? And when does ‘it’ go away? When did I get ‘it’? Who’s going to take ‘it’? It’s so weird.”
“I think it’s a really funny term,” she added, laughing. “I’m just a person. I’m not anything!”
In addition to discussing the rigid diet and training she went through to prepare for her role as a woman locked in a shed for seven years, Larson also discussed the awards chatter surrounding her performance in Room, saying that she hasn’t allowed herself to think about any of it.
“Isn’t it sort of like planning your fantasy wedding, and you don’t even have a boyfriend?” Larson said. “I think you can think about it when you have the nomination. You go, ‘Wow, I’m going to be there. I wonder what it’ll be like!’ But you cant imagine something that hasn’t existed yet. And I feel like that’s dangerous. That’s dangerous magical thinking.”
Watch Larson’s CBS News interview below. Room is out now.