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Actress Brie Larsen attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood Highland Center on February 28, 2016.
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The announcement out of Comic-Con that Brie Larson is joining the Marvel cinematic universe as Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, has been met with near-universal praise — but the lead-up to the revelation was nothing less than anxiety-inducing for the Oscar-winning Room actress.

In a recent Instagram post, 26-year-old Larson shared photo of herself curled up on the couch and wrote, “Woke up this morning thinking about the tidal wave of support I got this weekend. It was nerve-racking to trust fall into the Internet!”

She continued, “I know who I am, but it’s wild how quickly you can forget once someone calls you something terrible. I was reminded how the acceptance of community is a deeply rooted need — but I don’t want to live worried people will hate me because I’m myself! We should all have the freedom to be our authentic selves without fear or judgment.”

Larson’s heartfelt message underscored the double-edged nature of starring in high-profile movie franchises, particularly for actresses. As the recent Ghostbusters backlash demonstrated, sometimes fans’ passions can curdle intro vitriol.But as Larson wrote, “[P]eople can be mean, but they can also be so many other wonderful things too. Let’s make this place a safe space. No hate and more understanding.”

Check out her full post below.

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