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Video: Brie Larson Talks 'Short Term 12,' Her Upcoming Bollywood Musical, Being SXSW's "It Girl" & More

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist March 14, 2013 at 5:00PM

Brie Larson, the 23-year-old actress known for roles in "The United States of Tara," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," and "21 Jump Street" is having a moment. In fact, she's been crowned the unofficial "It Girl" of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival by us and many others. Why exactly? She had (count 'em) four films at the festival this week. They include the Sundance hits "The Spectacular Now" and Joseph Gordon Levitt's directorial debut, "Don Jon," her second co-directed short film, "The Arm" and lastly, "Short Term 12," the movie which won SXSW's coveted top Grand Jury prize this week.
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Short Term 12, Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr.
Brie Larson, the 23-year-old actress known for roles in "The United States of Tara," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," and "21 Jump Street" is having a moment. In fact, she's been crowned the unofficial "It Girl" of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival by us and many others. Why exactly? She had (count 'em) four films at the festival this week. They include the Sundance hits "The Spectacular Now" and Joseph Gordon Levitt's directorial debut, "Don Jon," her second co-directed short film, "Weighting" and lastly, "Short Term 12," the movie which won SXSW's coveted top Grand Jury prize this week.

By all accounts, the film is one to look out for (and didn't we kinda call this one?). Chronicling a 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility (Larson) as she navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend, our own A-grade review from SXSW described "Short Term 12" as "a roller coaster of every emotion, managing to be both heartwarming and heartrending." And about Larson, we wrote, "[she] manages this perfect pitch of tone in her riveting performance as Grace, the center of this story, and the true embodiment of this quandary between work and personal life."

Playlist contributor Kristin McCracken sat down with Larson and her "Short Term 12" co-star John Gallagher Jr. (you'll know him from HBO's "The Newsroom"), to discuss the powerful film, working together and their various upcoming projects. Gallagher is currently shooting the second season of "The Newsroom," and Larson has a few exciting projects coming up, including a Bollywood musical that will shoot in India, and then working with legendary filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich after that. Oh, and of course we had to ask what she thought about all this "It Girl" status talk. "Short Term 12" has no release date (or distributor) yet, but that will surely change. Check out the interviews below.

"There's a new discovery or secret revealed with every scene and it's such a testament to what an incredible filmmaker Destin Cretton is. There's a reason to keep watching." -- Brie Larson talks about "Short Term 12."

Brie Larson says "tears" are involved with juggling multiple projects and talks about being dubbed an "It Girl."

John Gallagher Jr. discusses the differences between acting in theater and on screen. Brie Larson talks about smashing a car.

Larson & Gallagher discuss what's next.

Larson & Gallagher describe working with the kids in the movie.

This article is related to: Brie Larson, Short Term 12, SXSW Film Festival, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), John Gallagher Jr


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