Why Brie Larson Says She's Proud To Play A Journalist In Her New Movie

"I make movies as a form of activism."

Last year, actress Brie Larson earned her first Academy Award for her performance in the independent drama Room. This year, she's starring in a much bigger film, in more ways than one. Larson plays photojournalist Mason Weaver in Kong: Skull Island, a highly anticipated retelling of King Kong. But just because it's a potential blockbuster doesn't mean Larson's new role isn't significant, as she pointed out on Instagram Tuesday.

Along with a photo of her character, Larson started the post by writing, "I make movies as a form of activism. I believe we learn from what we see in our leaders."

She went on to express how "proud" she is to play Weaver, "because she represents the many journalists who risk their lives [every day] to share with us the truth. Weaver leads with compassion and believes that unity cannot be obtained through aggression."

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"I'm excited to share this film with you," the actress said in closing. "And in the meanwhile I'm thrilled to have this platform as a way to connect us. Let's work together. [Let's] be open to learning from each other."

These positive words come at a crucial time for journalists, as President Donald Trump's relationship with the press remains contentious, and his chief strategist Steve Bannon has called the media the "opposition party" and said it should "keep its mouth shut."

Larson has been vocal about politics on social media in recent weeks. She participated in the Women's March last month, and earlier this week she posted a message on Instagram asking her followers who disagree with her to treat her with respect, because "I am on your side. I want our country to be strong and prosperous."

Kong: Skull Island will be in theaters March 10.

(H/T: Entertainment Weekly)

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