Actress Brie Larson started acting at an early age. She was in her early teens when she landed her first sitcom, Raising Dad, in 2001. At 15, Larson launched a short-lived music career and went on to release only one album in 2005. In 2009, Larson began appearing on the popular series United States of Tara. She soon moved on to such diverse films as the action comedy 21 Jump Street (2012) and the critically acclaimed indie outing Short Term 12 (2013). In 2016, Larson won a Golden Globe and Oscar for her work in the widely heralded drama Room.
Early Life and Career
Born on October 1, 1989, in Sacramento, California, Brie Larson knew she wanted to be an actress by the age of six. She eventually moved to Los Angeles with her mother and sister to pursue her dream. At first, she landed guest spots on such shows as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Touched by an Angel. In 2001, Larson had a leading role on the short-lived sitcom Raising Dad with Bob Saget and Kat Dennings.
Larson went on to star in the 2003 Disney TV movie Right on Track. But she eschewed other offers from the popular kids network. As she explained to Variety, “I always had this attraction to holding up a mirror to the world, and this didn’t feel like real life.” Instead Larson appeared on the big screen in 13 Going on 30 (2004) and Sleepover (2004) and launched a music career. She was only 15 years old when she wrote and recorded the song “Invisible Girl.” The tune got some airplay on a Los Angeles radio station and helped her land a record deal. She released the album Finally Out of P.E. in 2005, but the record garnered little notice.
Acclaimed Film Star
In 2006, Larson starred opposite Logan Lerman in the film adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen novel Hoot. But her career really began to take off with her work on the Showtime series United States of Tara, starring Toni Colette as a woman with multiple personalities. Larson played one of Colette’s children in the series. Around this time, she also appeared in such films as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2011) and 21 Jump Street (2012).
Larson showcased her dramatic skills with a lead role in Short Term 12 (2013), playing a woman who works with troubled youth at a residential home. She earned raves for her performance in this independent film. That same year, Larson also tackled a supporting role in the young adult romance The Spectacular Now, starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. She later made the most out of another small part, playing the sister of Amy Schumer’s character in the 2015 hit comedy Trainwreck.
Oscar Nod and Golden Globe for 'Room'
Around this time, Larson landed a role of a lifetime. She starred as Ma in the drama Room (2015), adapted from the novel by Emma Donoghue. The film follows the story of a young woman who has been held captive for years with her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and subsequently explores their life after a successful escape. It was a dream role for many Hollywood actresses, including Larson. As she told Variety, “I thought, ‘This is an amazing part, and I will never get to play it.’” But Larson did get the part and has earned extensive accolades for her work in the film. She received a best actress Golden Globe and Oscar in 2016.
Larson has several new projects in the works. She stars in the upcoming adaptation of the Jeannette Walls novel The Glass Castle and in the action film Kong: Skull Island with Tom Hiddleston.
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