Brie Larson makes surprising confession about her father

Feb 9, 2016 at 3:36 p.m. ET

Brie Larson's past has a lot to do with the actress she is today.

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Though Larson is enjoying remarkable success after her critically acclaimed role in Room, which landed her both a Golden Globe and a SAG Award, she's come to realize that her troubled childhood has had a profound impact on her career today.

In a new interview with Elle magazine, Larson opened up about her parents' divorce, revealing that she hasn't spoken to her father in 10 years.

"When legally I didn't have to have visitation with him anymore, I jumped on it," she said. "As a kid I tried to understand him and understand the situation. But he didn't do himself any favors. I don't think he ever really wanted to be a parent. It wasn't until truly recently that I realized that's why so much of my work was so volatile."

She also explained how her personal battles prepared her for life in the spotlight.

"All of the stuff I wasn't dealing with in my actual life — all of this anger, my fears and my vulnerabilities — I didn't feel comfortable expressing... when we're out in the public space, everyone's perfect and good, and we're all nice women, and we dress well and we brush our hair and agree with these customs."

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For Larson, increasing celebrity status is likely to come; she's the star of 2017's Kong: Skull Island. But for now, she's enjoying the time she's had in the limelight so far, especially mixing with other A-list celebs.

"It was pretty much, like, Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Saoirse Ronan and me. Then Jennifer Lawrence came in for a little bit, and Kate Winslet, Carey Mulligan..." Larson said of one event she recently attended. "You're having meals together, and doing these roundtables — I felt like I was hallucinating. Most of those people I'd never met before, so it was like the moment when you're not at the kid's table anymore."

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