She may play a superhero on the big screen, but American actress Brie Larson thinks the real
heroes are young people successfully navigating the roller coaster of adolescence.
And it was the star of Marvel superhero flick Captain Marvel’s (2019) own struggle to find self-worth
and self-acceptance that led her to create a documentary series celebrating these coming-of-age journeys.
Premiering on Disney+ on Thursday, Growing Up follows a diverse group of 11 people, aged 18 to 22, as they share
deeply personal stories about overcoming social, familial and internal obstacles, with key moments in their lives re-enacted in each episode.
Struggling to fit in is a common theme for these young adults, whether it is because of
being black, gay or disabled. But each eventually finds his or her way.
The 10 half-hour episodes are directed by Larson, 32, as well as
American actress Yara Shahidi, the 22-year-old star of the sitcom Black-ish (2014 to 2022), along with other film-makers.