After winning the best actress Oscar, Brie Larson recalled backstage in the press room being asked to wear “a jean mini skirt and high heels” to audition for roles that didn’t call for such attire. Larson says she was ultimately able to gain confidence and strength from a “personal place” instead of through dress.

“There were many times that I would go into auditions and casting directors would say, ‘It’s really great, really love what you’re doing, but we’d love for you to come back in a jean mini skirt and high heels,'” Larson said.