short term 12 interview

I’ve had tons of weird incidents. There used to be a guy I ran into on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica who was dressed all in gold and carried a spray-painted gold backpack. He kept going on and on to me about how he wanted to get in contact with Jay-Z to talk about building mud huts. He was very into gold and believed everything was better gold. I had a P.O. box and he had the address for it, and he started sending me things like disassembled bicycles that were reassembled, tied with hoses, and spray-painted gold, as well as other weird art pieces, and he’d rewrite Jay-Z raps to me as love letters on stacks of construction paper, and every letter of every word was a different color, so he took a lot of time doing it. He said his dream was to build me a castle of gold, and he wouldn’t let me leave or see the light of day. I would just return everything to sender, and closed out the P.O. box. -Brie Larson

[Designing typefaces has] been a hobby since she was in her teens; her all-time favourite is a type she created where every letter resembles a 3D mouse hole.

“I made three or four different fonts during Short Term 12 – it was how I’d calm my mind between scenes. I have graph paper and gel pens and I would do the alphabet: just do ‘a’ over and over again until I got it perfect and then go to 'b’ and then 'c’. I definitely look like a weirdo with scraps of paper everywhere and the alphabet over and over again. But I can’t read a book and then jump into this character, so it ends up being the perfect thing for me: it’s creative, it keeps my mind active and you get something at the end.” - Brie Larson