Just don’t be nice to people.
When The Marvels star Brie Larson isn’t practicing archery, she is probably doing some serious personal and emotional growth.
In a recent sit-down on Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, the actress opened up about overcoming the pressure to please others and finding the courage to stand up for herself in uncomfortable situations.
“The last year-and-a-half or two years, I feel like the universe has confronted me with the need to be able to confront [situations], and confront sooner, and just go, ‘Eh. I don’t like that,'” Larson explained. “I’ll find that, especially with smaller things, I’ll just be like ‘It’s just not worth it.’ And now I’m like, you know what’s not worth it? Being uncomfortable and then having resentment and then being weird to somebody forever. That’s not it. Why not just get it over with and say, ‘[That’s] not my preference.'”
Larson, who won a 2016 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Room, explained that the fear of confrontation was “people please motivated mixed with ‘I must be wrong.'”
“I don’t want to look like a fool for saying something when I’m obviously wrong,” she would tell herself in those moments, before adding sarcastically, “It’s just my opinion. That can’t be right.”
Larson added that a major lesson she’s learned recently year is to not force “myself to accept something when I’m not ready to,” which opened up new avenues for personal growth.