​In their words: 8 Golden Globe-nominated actresses break down their big films

With just days until the Golden Globes, we're taking a look back at our interviews with some of the year's biggest nominees.

This year Globe veterans Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet could earn even more trophies for their mantles, while others like Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander could get Golden boosts to their young careers. 

Here's what eight Golden Globe-nominated actresses had to tell us about their films and stellar performances over the past year.

Cate Blanchett, Best Actress — Motion Picture Drama nominee, 'Carol' 

"I think if this film had been made 10 years ago... the audience would've received it in a very different way, and I think the conversation has evolved to a point where this film can be seen for what it is, it's a love story."

Brie Larson, Best Actress — Motion Picture Drama nominee, 'Room'

"I learned a lot about how strong I am. That was the biggest takeaway, I would say physically and mentally. I gained about 15 pounds of muscle before making this movie and had to keep up with these really intense workouts all throughout shooting, and I had never been strong before...Really fighting for myself and my inner child, I couldn't believe the stamina I had."

Saoirse Ronan, Best Actress — Motion Picture Drama nominee, 'Brooklyn'

"By the time we made it, I was right in the middle of my homesickness and right in the middle of adjusting to life as a young woman on my own and living on my own, so it was very very raw for me."

Alicia Vikander, Best Actress — Motion Picture Drama nominee, 'The Danish Girl'

"That was what popped out on the page for me -- that extreme almost soulmate love they have for one another."

Melissa McCarthy, Best Actress — Motion Picture Musical Or Comedy nominee, 'Spy' 

"We all kind of really stayed to our characters and the humour came out of what would really would happen if someone wasn't used to this situation, or if someone who is amazing at [being a spy] is being thrown out."

Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress — Motion Picture Musical Or Comedy nominee, 'Joy'

"I get paid to work so if I sign onto a job and the director comes into my trailer and says 'I want you to sing a song,' it doesn't matter how much I yell at him and tell him I hate him and cry and say please, please, please, please don't make me do it. I have to do it."

Rooney Mara, Best Actress — Motion Picture Drama nominee nominee, 'Carol' 

"Chemistry isn't something you can really create, it's not something you can really work on. You're either going to have it with someone or not... you never know what the camera's going to see. .. sometimes two people who can't stand each other will make a film together and they'll have amazing chemistry, you just don't know." 

Kate Winslet, Best Supporting Actress — Motion Picture nominee, 'Steve Jobs'

"You know everyone has opinions about Steve Jobs and everyone has their own ideas and Michael [Fassbender] really needed to make this his own interpretation of Steve and use his ideas and be clear about what those were and really stick to his guns."
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