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Brie Larson is opening up about how she trained for Captain Marvel, and all evidence points to the fact that she had to dig deep. “I will say that I learned that I’m much stronger than I realize in playing [Captain Marvel],” she told Variety.
Larson says she trained for nine months to build up her physical strength before filming even began—and she’s a total powerhouse at the gym now. “My highest right now is 215 pounds in deadlifts, 400 pound hip thrusts,” she says.
Larson has shared a few videos of her strength training on Instagram, and she makes it look easy:
While Larson clearly goes hard at the gym, don’t expect her to turn into a total meathead. “Being able to lift weight like that really changed my perspective and understanding of myself,” she says.
“A lot of my life recently has felt like it’s happening to somebody else. I think part of it is a defense mechanism. It feels better to kind of continue to have my own understanding of myself, rather than one that was put on me by the outside world.”
Larson says it’s definitely been a journey. “Going through a movie that requires so much and takes this long, I’m realizing I’m way stronger than I knew,” she says. Apparently, that’s mentally and physically.