Brie Larson feels "grateful" for rejection.

Brie Larson

Brie Larson

The 'Room' actress thinks all he times she was turned down or experienced "darkness" have benefitted her film performances in some way.

She said: "I feel grateful every day for all the times I was told no.

"The thing I appreciate the most is the darkness I've experienced because I wouldn't know how to play Ma in 'Room' or Grace [from 'Short Term 12'] if I hadn't experienced loss or sadness, I wouldn't know how to express it.

"It's such a valuable part of our experience, to not become afraid of the pitfalls, but to instead become curious about them."

The 26-year-old star was inspired to become an actress because she didn't relate to the women she saw on screen and wanted to do something different.

She told Britain's ELLE magazine: "I'm fascinated by all the contradictions in women.

"I enjoy showing all the ways we are flawed and beautiful, unconventional and different.

"As I watched American cinema growing up, I never felt like I related to those women. I never felt like they represented me.

"I always assumed there must be something wrong with me because I don't look that beautiful when I get up in the morning and I don't get the guy in the end. It fuelled me with a desire to tell stories that were different."

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