Brie Larson, original name Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers, (born October 1, 1989, Sacramento, California, U.S.), American actress whose compelling and understated performance as a young woman who has been kidnapped and held prisoner by a sexual predator in the independent film Room (2015; based on a 2010 novel by Emma Donoghue) won her an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA award.
Larson was mostly homeschooled by her parents, who also encouraged her early theatrical ambitions. She made her public debut as a young child in a parody commercial on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
She also acted in guest roles on other TV shows, including an appearance in 1999 on Touched by an Angel, during her childhood, and she appeared as a daughter of the title character in the 2001–02 sitcom Raising Dad.
In 2003 Larson was cast as a teen drag racer in the Disney Channel TV movie Right on Track, and in 2005 she recorded an album of teen pop music, Finally Out of P.E.
Larson was once again cast as the daughter of the title character in the critically praised 2009–11 TV series United States of Tara. During that time she also won notice in a small part in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010).
Larson played teenagers in the crime thriller Rampart (2011) and the comedy 21 Jump Street (2012) before undertaking both her first starring role and her first adult role, as a supervisor in a group home for troubled teens, in Short Term 12 (2013).
She acted with Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler (2014) and with Amy Schumer in Trainwreck (2015) before her breakthrough in Room. In 2017 the highly sought-after Larson starred in a number of films, notably the King Kong remake Kong: Skull Island and The Glass Castle, a drama about a dysfunctional family.
She’s the recipient of numerous awards, such as, an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Take a look below for 10 more interesting and awesome facts about Brie Larson.
1. Born in Sacramento, California, she was home schooled, before she was accepted at the American Conservatory Theater at the age of 6, becoming the youngest student accepted there.
2. Larson played supporting roles in such movies as Hoot, Tanner Hall, Greenberg, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street, The Spectacular Now, Don Jon and Trainwreck.
3. From 2009 to 2011, Larson appeared as a rebellious teenager in the television series United States of Tara.
4. In 2017, Larson starred as a photojournalist in the adventure movie Kong: Skull Island, which grossed over $560 million worldwide, becoming her highest grossing release.
5. Larson’s parents divorced when she was a child, and she moved to Los Angeles with her mother and her younger sister.
6. Larson gets her stage name from her maternal great-grandmother, Elva Josephine Larson, although she has stated on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she took her stage name from Kirsten Larson, an American Girl doll she received as a child.
7. Her paternal grandparents, Aurele Desaulniers and Gabrielle Marie-Therese Desaulniers, were French-Canadians from Manitoba.
8. She has acted since she was seven years old. However, she considered quitting acting several times as she found the film business to be too difficult and was unable to get the parts she wanted. She pursued careers in photography, interior design and animal training, but ultimately decided to stick with acting.
9. To prepare for her role as Ma in Room, Larson stayed at home for a whole month and went on a strict diet, to get an understand of what Ma and Jack were going through.
10. In August 2017, Larson distanced herself from the non-profit cinematheque Cinefamily after several women accused its co-founder Hadrian Belove and vice president of the board of directors Shade Elnashai of sexual harassment and assault.