For starters, her Captain Marvel workouts have been seriously impressive.
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Marvel Studios announced in 2016 that Brie Larson would be playing the title role in Captain Marvel, and we've been (maybe not so) patiently waiting ever since. Our expectations have only grown thanks to BTS peeks at her intense training and costumes. In case you haven't been following along, Larson is a complete badass both on screen and off. The wait is almost over (the movie debuts March 8!), but here's why Larson is already a superhero in our book. (Related: Brie Larson and Alison Brie Are Our New Favorite Workout Buddies)
1. She's insanely strong.
You probably saw this one coming, but Larson's strength has had us in awe. She's been posting videos to her Instagram throughout her training for the role, and she's clearly been taking the whole "superhuman strength" thing seriously. She's posted videos of herself powering through 400-pound hip thrusts, doing push-ups weighted with chains, and bouldering up a wall like it was NBD. More recently, she posted a video of herself hip thrusting 275 pounds and then immediately eating a cookie. #Goals.
2. She has the best responses to online hate.
Larson has schooled us all when it comes to dealing with trolls. When the first Captain Marvel trailer dropped, people started writing that Larson should've smiled in the promos (dramatic eye roll). Larson responded in a post to her Instagram story. "Breaking news: You can be you," she wrote. "That means you can smile or not. You can be strong in the ways you want to be. You can own who you are. If anyone tells you different don't trust them." To point out a sexist double standard, she also photoshopped images of male actors playing superheroes with smiles.
Another time she shared her perspective on what drives people to write mean messages on the Internet, asking trolls to just stop. "That feeling you get from trolling someone on Twitter I call adrenalized loneliness," she tweeted. "I'm sorry you feel alone. Hurting others won't fix it." (Related: Julianne Hough's Response to Body-Shamers Will Permanently Change Your Perspective On Haters)
3. She sets crazy goals, then meets them.
When it comes to setting fitness goals, there's no question Larson aims high. Take a recent video her trainer Jason Walsh posted to Instagram of her pushing a Jeep. "If I can do it...She wants to do it," Walsh captioned the post, with a clip of him pulling his car, then one of her pushing it. "A training highlight - pushing @risemovement almost 5000lbs Jeep (with a full tank of gas and Alyssa behind the wheel for safety!) for 60 seconds," Larson wrote in her own post about the crazy feat. "In Captain Marvel @nike Metcons! It's a strong vibe but I like it."
4. She's committed to fighting sexual harassment.
When Casey Affleck won an Oscar despite sexual assault accusations, Larson presented his award but refrained from clapping. Larson was one of the many women to launch the Time's Up movement aimed at fighting sexual harassment and inequality, and she's been a vocal advocate of the movement since, and has made it clear she's in favor of inclusion riders, clauses in actors' contracts calling for diversity across the cast and crew.
5. She keeps it real.
Celebs, they're just like us! But seriously, Larson is surprisingly relatable given she's a famous actress. Yeah, she has a glam squad at times (it's part of the gig), but she'll admit she gets zits on her face and avoids washing her hair. She's also dealt with the same kind of body insecurities that all women face at some point. Larson posted a throwback photo to Instagram, writing about lacking confidence before a film festival. "Before we went to the ceremony I felt flashes of embarrassment—I worried I was too fat, too ugly, too depressingly banal to be honored. I cringed to take photos," she wrote in her caption.
It shocked me to find this photo because I remember the day so well. I was respected enough to be honored at the Maui Film Festival - but not known enough to have a stylist or "glam squad". I found this Madewell dress in my closet. The most I knew how to do for grooming was pin half of it back and blink on a few coats of mascara. Before we went to the ceremony I felt flashes of embarrassment - I worried I was too fat, too ugly, too depressingly banal to be honored. I cringed to take photos. But today I see this moment and feel only love for myself. There is nothing wrong with this person. She is honest and beautiful and committed to showing up for this life. I wish I saw myself then as I see myself now. There is no need to waste your time working to be anything other than you. So hey, #tbt - thank you for the chance to honor all the hilarious ways we didn't know ourselves upon first meeting, and all the exciting new ways we get to know ourselves while we keep living.
6. She's realistic about achieving ~balance~.
In a recent InStyle cover interview, Larson dismissed the idea of achieving a perfect balance in life. "Balance is sort of a ridiculous concept,” she said. “It's not like you find balance and you're done. You're always trying to find it.” She doesn't expect to figure out the formula for complete bliss.
That said, she does seem to vary her activities. Sometimes she's hiking, teaching herself to knit, or dancing. Other times she's lifting crazy amounts of weight to feel strong. "The movie is not really going to look any different with the fact that I can actually lift 225 pounds. It doesn't matter to anyone else, but it did to me," she explained to InStyle. "Breaking that boundary of what it means for a woman to be muscular and strong and own your body and use it as a tool, that felt meaningful."