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Brie Larson: 'Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone's friendships saved my life'

The actress was overwhelmed by the attention she received surrounding her Oscar-winning role in Room.

Brie Larson turned to pals Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence for help and advice when fame became a little bit too much for her to handle.

The Room star was home-schooled growing up and had a hard time making friends who shared her common interests.

Last year (16), Brie won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Room, but she didn't feel completely happy during the busy awards season, because she didn't know how to handle the sudden attention, and she felt she had no one to turn to who understood how overwhelmed she was.

"I felt lonely and bad sometimes," she tells Vanity Fair magazine. "I was embarrassed to keep talking about myself."

Jennifer and Emma stepped in, along with Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham, to help their friend, and the 27-year-old suddenly felt like she had a solid support system who had gone through what she was experiencing.

"Emma wrote this beautiful email out of nowhere, and then one day Jen sent me a text message after she saw Room, and we started talking," she continues.

"That (group of friends) saved my life," she adds. "I was able to talk with them about everything that was going on in my life, and it was with people who had been through it before and are also hilarious. That support and acceptance was everything... I found it to be absolutely incredible."

And Brie was recently able to pay Emma back for her support by writing a tribute to her after she was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2017.

"As an actor, Emma is brave, devastating, hilarious, real, complex, charming and so much more," she wrote. "Her Oscar-winning performance in La La Land is just the latest example."

"But Emma takes on significant roles off-screen as well," she added. "The selfless friend. The wise psychiatrist. The fearless leader. The coolest girl at the party. (She's even the intense soccer mom, cheering you on, no matter what, at the top of her lungs). I know that she has played all of these roles in my life. And for that I'm lucky to call her my friend."

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