“It girl” is one of those awful clichéd terms used to describe anyone from Kate Moss to Jennifer Lawrence to Paris Hilton. Urban Dictionary defines an “it girl” as “the girl that EVERYONE wants to be.” But what is “it” exactly? That’s what Hollywood’s newest “it girl” Brie Larson wants to know in this hilariously on point interview for CBS.
“You’ve been called an ‘it girl,’ what do you think of that phrase,” the interviewer begins.
Larson pulls a skeptical, gif-worthy face before asking, “What is it?”
“I guess it means the girl of the moment,” the woman replies, clearly not getting Larson’s point and instead assuming that this stupid actress doesn’t know the meaning of this oft-used phrase. Don’t worry lady, Larson is about to spell it out for you.
“But what is “it’? There is no ‘it’! And who was ‘it’ before ‘it’? And when does ‘it’ go away? When did I get ‘it’? Who’s gonna take ‘it’?” she says. “It’s so weird. I think it’s a really funny term. I’m just a person. I’m not anything!”
It’s a flawless response to being labeled something so meaningless and reductive. And while I’m pretty okay with a socialite whose only claim to fame is being born earning that label, it shouldn’t also apply to an actress who’s currently garnering attention for embodying one of the most challenging and emotionally stirring roles of the year (As luck would have it, I saw Room last night and she is mind-blowingly phenomenal in it).
Also worth mentioning is the fact that this is hardly the first time audiences have had the opportunity to witness her talent; hello, Short Term 12 anyone??? And you can hardly attach the word “introducing” to an actress who has 48 credits on her IMDB page, including one for her role as Amy Schumer’s sis in the very mainstream comedy Trainwreck.
So, CBS lady, you can take that phrase and shove it up your ass because hardworking, talented actress Brie Larson is no it girl.