Brie Larson Hasn't Seen or Spoken to Her Dad in 10 Years

The Oscar-nominated "Room" actress opens up about her difficult childhood.

— -- Brie Larson is up for an Oscar for her emotionally-wrenching performance of a woman held captive in a garden shed for seven years in the film "Room."

Some of the inspiration for her performance, the 26-year-old actress told Elle in a new interview, comes from her own life and difficult childhood. Larson, whose parents divorced when she was a young girl, hasn't seen or spoken to her father in 10 years.

"When legally I didn't have to have visitation with him anymore, I jumped on it," she told the magazine. "As a kid I tried to understand him and understand the situation. But he didn't do himself any favors. I don't think he ever really wanted to be a parent. It wasn't until truly recently that I realized that's why so much of my work was so volatile."

She explained, "All of the stuff I wasn't dealing with in my actual life -- all of this anger, my fears and my vulnerabilities -- I didn't feel comfortable expressing because I felt like it was part of the human code that when we're out in the public space, everyone's perfect and good, and we're all nice women, and we dress well and we brush our hair and agree with these customs."

The 88th Academy Awards will air at 7 p.m. ET on Feb. 28, 2016 on ABC.