Brie Larson says Room broke her in half

Brie Larson on how she got into the head space of a woman forced into confinement for seven years.

For half a decade — or the entirety of a young boy's life — a woman, Ma, and her son, Jack, have been trapped in a room with a single skylight. Their only human contact is with their kidnapper. But Ma has a plan.

That's the premise of Room, a stunning new film based on the award-winning book by Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue.

Today, lead actress Brie Larson joins Shad to detail her extreme preparation for the role, why she's not interested in playing perfect women, and the emotional reactions she's seen in the film's first audiences. 

WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for Room, an official selection of TIFF 2015, in the window below. 

Brie Larson, right, plays a young mother locked up in a single room prison with her five-year-old son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay). (Lenny Abrahamson/Element Pictures)

You may know Brie Larson from blockbuster comedies, like Trainwreck and 21 Jump Street, or indie dramas like Short Term 12 -- but her latest role casts the young actress in a whole new light. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)


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