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Brie Larson 'shocked' to land role

Brie Larson has admitted she was "completely shocked" when she was quickly cast in Short Term 12, because she doesn't usually find it that easy to land jobs.

The 21 Jump Street actress stars as Grace, a supervisor at a foster care facility, and revealed the process of getting cast in the movie was much more straightforward than normal.

She told Deadline that when she was reading the script of the Oscar-tipped film she was "totally intimidated by the material".

"It's never been easy for me to book any job so I couldn't imagine that something this rich would be easy for me," she said.

"I tried to apply for a bunch of volunteer jobs before and learn as much as possible so I could have an in-depth, intelligent conversation with Destin (writer and director Destin Daniel Cretton). I wanted to be viewed as a collaborator and someone who was interested in the subject. I didn't tell him that I had been rejected by all the volunteer jobs.

"At the end of a very short conversation - 20 minutes or something - he asked if I would do it. I was totally and completely shocked. I hadn't booked a job before where I haven't had to audition multiple times."

Brie, 24, believes the fact that she blends into her characters worked in her favour when Destin watched her show reel.

She explained: "I know there were certain scenes where he thought, 'Why did she put this on her reel? She's not even in this.' Then he'd rewind it and watch it again and see that it was me.

"The fact that I blend into whatever character I'm playing was interesting to him, that there wasn't some sort of set thing that I do every single time."

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