Brie Larson, John Boyega and Rami Malek Dubbed GQ’s 2015 Breakout Stars
Between the Room, the Force, and the fsociety, these GQ Breakout Stars are making huge strides this year.
Brie Larson, John Boyega and Rami Malek were amongst those named as 2015’s hottest breakout stars, in addition to members of Broadway’s Hamilton musical Jonathan Groff, Daveed Diggs, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and actors O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Shameik Moore.
Larson, 26, got her start as Toni Collette’s daughter in the excellent (but too short-lived) TV show United States of Tara, and starred in Amy Schumer’s hit comedy Trainwreck this year. But it’s her amazing performance in the harrowing movie Room that’s got people raving and the Awards season abuzz.
Larson commented to GQ that she gets hugs from strangers after they saw they movie: “Because people watch me in such a vulnerable state for two hours, they feel this connection, like they can be vulnerable with me. I get a lot of people hugging me and crying.”
As for the Oscar buzz and her “awards campaign circuit,” she added,
You just get to see a lot of different places really quickly. You don’t spend a lot of time outside. I’ve been tripping about it a little bit. It’s kind of like being in Room.… You go from cars to airplanes to hotel rooms back to cars to airplanes. But I guess life is just a series of rooms. I’ve never looked at it that way!
But Larson was cool even before she was this year’s hottest actress. She told the magazine about her pre-fame day job: “I was a DJ. I DJ’d vinyl records at a lot of magazine parties and I had a residency at The Spare Room.”
In addition, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Boyega caused a stir from bigoted Internet critics who protested him being the first black stormtrooper in the franchise’s history. Of course, it goes without saying that he’s “extraordinary” in the film, as director J.J. Abrams said on the Howard Stern Show.
On his last months of anonymity (the film finally comes out Dec. 18), Boyega commented:
Maybe people are just being quiet, but I’m at the stage where I can get away with just being there. I know this is going to be life-changing, but that’s not where my concentration is. I just want to see the film.
Malek is the star of Mr. Robot, in which he plays vigilante hacker with a social anxiety disorder. On facing rejection before nabbing the lead on the surprise hit show, he commented, “The rejection is something that takes a while to get used to. It does allow me to talk to any girl now without fear that she’ll say no.”
GQ notes that Malek knew he was good at acting when his portrayal of morphine withdrawal really upset his mother. “That must say something about my acting, if I’m convincing my mom that I’m actually sick.”
As for the Hamilton stars, they knew when their play was a success, Miranda commented:
When we announced our last extension at The Public, the guy who runs the theater said, ‘You crashed our phone!’ That’s when I realized, Oh, this is another thing. This is not a typical theatrical experience. Phones have never crashed before.
That was yesterday. I was in an Uber. I looked out the window and this girl was looking dead at me. I’m thinking, ‘Are you all right? What’s wrong with you?’ They’re all just standing there, her and her friends, looking at each other. It really hit me. It was more than just, ‘Hey, that’s that dude from Dope.’
As for Jackson Jr, he said “There’s people who get an alert on their phone every time I post something. And that’s crazy to me. You can’t go to Six Flags. I tried to go to the mall with my sister recently, and that was hell. My sister just left me. I said, ‘Go shop! Save yourself!’ ”
Watch the stars discuss their pre-fame day jobs here:
Read more about GQ’s Breakout Stars here.