Brie Larson's educational movie roles
Brie Larson wants to "learn" about herself through her acting roles.
The 26-year-old actress insists she refuses parts which are "just another role" and would rather pick something that can help develop her understanding of herself and "humanity".
She said: "I don't take roles that are 'just another role'. I'm interested in learning more about myself and about humanity. So it should change you by the time it's done."
And Brie, who plays a kidnapped mom in 'Room', feels the role taught her about the "struggle of being a mother" and helped her see her childhood from the perspective of her parents.
She added to The Independent's Radar magazine: "It wasn't the depression of Ma's story. It was how little I knew of the struggle of being a mother - how the capacity to love is so big. And suddenly I was able to, in some ways, relive my childhood from my mom's perspective and see how she loved and protected me in ways I never noticed ...
"I think seeing the love between a mother and child is something we can all really relate to. You can remember it from your own childhood perspective. You can see it from the adult perspective, and see the beauty of where the two meet and where they don't see things the same way, and the importance of growing up and those difficult moments where you have to grow up before you feel like you're ready."