Brie Larson Talks THE GAMBLER, Her Preference for Mario Kart Over Gambling, Working with Mark Wahlberg, Lenny Abrahamson’s ROOM and More

     December 23, 2014


Ever since Short Term 12, I’ve been counting down the days until Brie Larson’s next release and now it’s finally here.  She stars opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler as Amy Phillips, a college student by day and a pop-up casino employee by night, making her one of few people to see both sides of Jim Bennett’s (Wahlberg) life – his work as a college professor and his gambling addiction.

With The Gambler arriving in theaters on December 25th, Larson took the time to sit down and discuss her experience making the film.  She touched on the audition process, working with Wahlberg, connecting to Amy and her decision to pursue such a self-destructive person, Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of Emma Donohue’s book, Room, and more.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

Brie Larson:

  • Is she into gambling?  Her preference for Mario Kart.
  • What she learned about gambling while making this movie.
  • Auditioning for The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg.
  • Did her character change much from draft to draft?
  • On playing a character who falls for such a self-destructive person.
  • Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck.
  • Warning: The answer to the final question contains a plot spoiler.  There is a spoiler warning in the video as well.


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