Brie Larson

Brie Larson

Actor
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Life Story

Brie Larson has built an impressive career as an acclaimed television actress, rising feature film star and emerging recording artist. A native of Sacramento, Brie started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She starred in one of Disney Channel's most watched original movies, Right on Track (2003), as well as the WB's Raising Dad (2001) and MGM's teen comedy Sleepover (2004) - all before graduating from middle school.

Brie's work includes the coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall (2009) and the dark comedy, Just Peck (2009), with Marcia Cross and Keir Gilchrist. She earned critical praise for her role in the independent feature, Remember the Daze (2007) (aka "The Beautiful Ordinary"), singled out by Variety as the "scene stealer" of the film, opposite Amber Heard and Leighton Meester.

Brie garnered considerable acclaim for her series regular role of "Kate", Toni Collette's sarcastic and rebellious daughter, in Showtime's breakout drama United States of Tara (2009), created by Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody and based on an original idea by Steven Spielberg.

She starred in The Trouble with Bliss (2011) opposite Michael C. Hall, playing a young girl out to seduce him while, in turn, teaching him more about his own life. She also starred in Universal's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and Noah Baumbach's Greenberg (2010). In Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Brie played rock star "Envy Adams", former flame of Michael Cera, and in Greenberg (2010), she starred as a young temptress trying to flirt with Ben Stiller, a New Yorker traveling West to try to figure out his life.

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Trivia

Besides acting, she is also a professional singer.
Sang "Coming Around" in her movie Hoot (2006).
Read the book "Hoot" before she had read the screenplay.
Moved to Los Angeles, California, right before her ninth birthday (1998).
First job was performing in sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). Soon after, was cast in the television series, Schimmel (2000), which was announced in 2000 but never aired, since right before filming, Robert Schimmel was diagnosed with cancer. After being "on hold" for six months, Fox canceled the show.
In May 2005, she went on tour with Jesse McCartney.
Daughter of Heather (Edwards) and Sylvain Desaulniers. Her paternal grandparents were Aurèle Desaulniers and Gabrielle Marie-Therese (Chatelain) Desaulniers (1931-2015), who were French-Canadians from Winnipeg. Her mother's family is based in California. Her mother has English, Swedish, German, Welsh, and Scottish ancestry. Brie's stage surname, "Larson", is after her matrilineal great-grandmother, Elva Josephine Larson.
Brie's go-to karaoke song is Usher Raymond's "Burn" from the album "Confessions" (2004).
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 roles she wanted. She pursued careers in photography, interior design and animal training, but ultimately decided to stick with acting.
Has been in a relationship with Alex Greenwald, vocalist with rock band Phantom Planet, since 2013.
To prepare for her role as Ma in Room (2015), she stayed at home for a whole month and went on a strict diet, to get an understanding of what Ma and Jack were going through.
Is a huge fan of the Super Mario Bros video games.
Shared the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's 2016 Hollywood issue with, Jane Fonda, Viola Davis, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel Weisz, Lupita Nyong'o, Charlotte Rampling, Alicia Vikander, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Helen Mirren, Diane Keaton and Saoirse Ronan. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Personal Quotes 

It's very scary to allow the world to see you.
It's really hard to see yourself and to recognize that you are a human being like everybody else. You just think everybody's judging you.
I'm so used to swimming with the piranhas. And they're really not that bad.
I was the type of person that would show a PowerPoint presentation about why I should do something versus crying and screaming over it.
I was three when I told my mom that I knew what my dharma was and that I wanted to be an actor.
I have a sister and her name is Mimsy, like from "Alice in Wonderland", so we've got some strange names in our family.
I didn't go to prom--I was home-schooled.
For some reason, chewing gum for me gets my brain going.
For me, the dumbest rule is that you can't chew gum in school.
I know how to have a conversation, but I've never done improv. I've never taken improv classes.
Singing is an incredible expression and something that is important to me, but where I feel comfortable with how much I reveal about myself is acting. I enjoy the characters, the costumes, the wigs and just being a chameleon.
Maybe you're not perfect, but you're willing to actually look at yourself and take some kind of accountability. That's a change. It might not mean that you can turn everything around, but I think there's something incredibly hopeful about that.
In the past I've been very into the falling part, very into the swimming in the dark, deep emotional water. Rampart (2011) I really went into it and it took me three times as long to get out of that depression as it did to just do the scenes. I had to learn to give it my all and then go home and laugh.

Filmography

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