Brie Larson got in shape for her role as Captain Marvel.
As part of her preparation for the title role in 2019’s Captain Marvel, the Oscar winner, 32, went from being unable to “walk up a hill without being out of breath” to being able to do four, 400-lb. hip thrusts.
“So, I started this journey believing I’d get stronger, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I went well beyond what I thought my body was capable of “She spoke to Insider.
“Being able to hip thrust 400 pounds, deadlift 200 pounds, and push my trainer’s Jeep, it’s a fantastic feeling to understand what’s inside you is well beyond what you thought was possible,” she continued.
The Room actress was not a big lover of the gym before joining the Marvel universe.
“Before I got to play Carol Danvers, I was lovingly known as ‘an introvert with asthma,’ and I started training initially out of sheer panic,” she remarked.
Larson’s decision to play a superhero was a major changer.
“Part of why it’s no surprise to me that this character has been able to echo outward is because she transformed my life first and foremost,” she continued. “It makes sense to me that she could make a difference in other people’s lives as well.”
Larson became “sort of obsessed” with her fitness routine, which she tracks on social media, with the help of celebrity trainer Jason Walsh, especially as she prepared to reprise her role in the upcoming sequel, The Marvels.
While preparing for the sequel, Larson has continued to set new goals for herself.
“People saying things like, ‘Oh, girls can’t do that,’ makes me want to do it even more,” she said. “So there were a lot of big successes this time, and I just feel like my body is getting acclimated to it and enthusiastic about it.”
Larson sees parallels between her own fitness journey and the dramatic arc of her character.
“She develops that strength in the first picture, and I was gaining my own personal strength with this one,” she remarked.
She went on to say, “She’s already gaining better control over her abilities. She is now able to fly. The major purpose was to make my body more limber and ready for these types of motions, such as wirework, which I didn’t have to do as much on the first one.”