Brie Larson - Biography
Brie Larson is an actor and filmmaker from the United States. As a youngster, she was known for her supporting roles in comedies, but she has now moved on to starring roles in both independent films and big-budget blockbusters. Her awards include a Best Actress Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe. In 2019, Time magazine named her one of the world's 100 most important people.
Larson grew up in Sacramento, California, and was educated at home. She was the youngest student admitted to the American Conservatory Theater's training programme at the age of six. She moved to Los Angeles soon after and began her acting career in 1998 with a comedic sketch on Jay Leno's Tonight Show. She had a recurring role in the 2001 sitcom Raising Dad and dabbled in music for a short time, releasing the album Finally Out of P.E. in 2005. Larson went on to feature in the comedy films Hoot (2006), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and 21 Jump Street (2012), as well as the television series United States of Tara (2009–2011) as a cynical adolescent.
Larson made her breakthrough with a main role in the critically acclaimed independent movie Short Term 12 (2013), and she went on to play supporting roles in films including The Spectacular Now (2013) and Trainwreck (2013). (2015). Larson earned the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as an abduction victim in the thriller Room (2015). Her first big-budget release was the 2017 adventure picture Kong: Skull Island, followed by roles as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the 2019 Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero flicks Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.
Larson co-wrote and directed two short films before making her feature picture directorial debut with Unicorn Store, an independent comedy-drama (2017). She won a Primetime Emmy Award for developing the virtual reality series The Messy Truth VR Experience (2020). Larson, a proponent of gender equality and a supporter of sexual assault survivors, is outspoken on social and political issues.
Heather and Sylvain Desaulniers gave birth to Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers on October 1, 1989, in Sacramento, California. Milaine is her other daughter, and her parents were both homoeopathic chiropractors who conducted a clinic together. Larson's father is Franco-Manitoban, and she grew up speaking French as her first language. She was largely homeschooled, which she claimed gave her the freedom to experiment with new and abstract ideas. Larson has described herself as "straight-laced and square" in her early years, saying she had a great relationship with her mother but was timid and suffered from social anxiety. She would write and direct her own home movies in the summer, casting her relatives and filming them in her garage. She revealed an interest in becoming an actress when she was six years old, later stating that "creative arts was just something that was always in me." She auditioned for a training programme at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco the same year and was accepted as the youngest student.
Larson was traumatised when her parents divorced when she was seven years old. Her father and her had a strained connection, she recounted "I tried to understand him and the circumstances as a child. He, on the other hand, did himself no favours. I don't believe he ever want to be a dad." Heather moved to Los Angeles with her two girls shortly after their divorce to pursue Larson's acting career. They were on a tight budget and lived in a cramped apartment near the Burbank studio lots. "We had a horrible one-room apartment where the bed came out of the wall and we each had three articles of clothing," Larson recalled. Despite this, she has good recollections of that time and praises her mother for doing her best for them.
She took the stage name Larson after her Swedish great-grandmother, as well as an American Girl doll named Kirsten Larson that she got as a child, because her last name was difficult to say. In a 1998 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, she performed "Malibu Mudslide Barbie," a commercial parody for Barbie. She went on to guest star in a number of TV shows, including Touched by an Angel and Popular. In 2000, she was cast in the Fox sitcom Schimmel, which was cancelled before it premiered due to the cancer diagnosis of its star, Robert Schimmel.
Larson keeps her personal life private and refuses to answer questions in interviews that make her feel uncomfortable. She has stated that she is afraid of being evaluated for her weaknesses and that her need for privacy allows her to perform a wide range of roles without being typecast. Larson began dating Phantom Planet's lead vocalist Alex Greenwald in 2013, and the two were engaged from 2016 to 2019. The couple called off their engagement on January 10, 2019, according to reports. They had shared a home in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills district. Greenwald was recognised with creating a safe environment for her and empowering her to take risks in her work.
Larson's off-screen style has been described as "carrying herself like an athlete, slim and solid, surefooted yet her aura is warm and familial, practically hugging" by Holly Millea of Elle in 2016. BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen describes her as "very friendly" and "a serious nerd with the endlessly burrowing knowledge of a homeschooler." Larson's "completely formed" personality, according to Jennifer Dickison of Porter, made it difficult to put her in a box.
Larson has an active social media presence and uses it as a platform to share her own ideas and posts. She launched her own YouTube channel in 2020. Forbes named her in their 2016 30 Under 30 list, and People placed her in their annual beauty list in 2016 and 2019. IndieWire called her one of the top American performers under 30 in 2018. Larson as Captain Marvel was immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds New York in 2019. In the same year, Time magazine named her one of the world's 100 most powerful people. Larson and her best friend, fellow actor Jessie Ennis, established the podcast Learning Lots in 2021, with the goal of "engaging people in fascinating talks about pop culture, contemporary themes, and some of life's most profound concerns." Author Rupi Kaur and professional climber Jimmy Chin were guests on the inaugural episode.
Larson's first notable role was as Emily, Bob Saget's younger daughter, in the WB sitcom Raising Dad, which ran for one season during the 2001–02 television season. The Orlando Sentinel's Hal Boedeker panned the event, writing that the cast members were "merrily joking during the show." She was then cast in the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith, but after an unaired pilot, she and other cast members were removed. She co-starred in the Disney Channel film Right on Track with Beverley Mitchell in 2003, based on the junior drag racer sisters Erica and Courtney Enders, and had minor roles in the 2004 comedies Sleepover and 13 Going on 30.
Larson appeared in the comedy film Hoot, alongside Logan Lerman and Cody Linley, in 2006, about young vigilantes seeking to defend a group of owls. The film got mixed reviews, however Ruthe Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle praised Larson and Linley for giving their performances "a touch of Indiana Jones." The next year, she had a small role in the Amber Heard-led drama Remember the Daze, and she founded Bunnies and Traps, an arts and literature publication for which she wrote her own opinion articles and solicited submissions from other artists and writers. Larson has stated that she pondered abandoning acting at the time because she was having a hard time finding work, blaming it on directors' failure to typecast her. She was especially disappointed when she was passed up for significant roles in the films Thirteen (2003) and Juno (2005). (2007). Larson supported herself by working as a club DJ.
Larson first appeared in the Showtime comedy-drama series United States of Tara in 2009, as Kate Gregson, Toni Collette's cynical teenage daughter dealing with her mother's dissociative personality disorder. Originally, Portia Doubleday was cast in the part, but she was replaced by Larson after the pilot episode was filmed. Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times praised Larson for portraying a "genuine teenager" in the first season, and Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle praised her for finding nuance in her part. Larson has remarked that her character's quest for purpose in life resembled her own, and she was disappointed when the programme was terminated in 2011 after three seasons. Tanner Hall, a coming-of-age drama about four boarding school girls, stars her with Rooney Mara in 2009. Despite her dislike for the picture, the Los Angeles Times' Betsy Sharkey praised Larson for offering "one of the film's funniest bits." She starred as a scatterbrained cheerleader in House Broken and a popular high schooler in Just Peck in her other two films that year.
Larson made his film debut in 2012, co-writing and directing the short film The Arm alongside Jessie Ennis and Sarah Ramos. At the Sundance Film Festival, the film, which is about societal aspirations in the near future, got a special jury prize. She starred as a seductive adolescent in the critically panned film The Trouble with Bliss, followed by a role as Molly, a high school student, in 21 Jump Street, a remake of the 1980s police procedural television series, which also starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Larson considered her acting technique to be more strict than Hill's, and sequences requiring her to improvise with him was a difficulty. Larson has been dubbed "a significant find" by Slate's Dana Stevens, who describes her as "not only attractive but witty, with a scratchy contralto voice, and unlike the typical girl in a buddy movie, she comes across as a real person." Larson's most widely seen picture to that moment was 21 Jump Street, which grossed over $200 million worldwide.
Larson also appeared in two romantic dramas in 2013, Don Jon and The Spectacular Now, in which he played a supporting part. She played Don Jon's sister in the first film, which was written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (played by Gordon-Levitt). Rolling Stone's Peter Travers appreciated the film's exploration of sexual themes and said Larson was "terrific" in it. She portrays Cassidy, Teller's ex-girlfriend, in the Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley film The Spectacular Now. Larson was captivated to the project's portrayal of high school events because of its realism. David Edelstein, writing about New York magazine, urged viewers to enjoy "the shading and intellect she offers to Cassidy." Larson plays a literature student who had an affair with her professor (Mark Wahlberg), a gambling addict, in the 2014 crime drama The Gambler, which was based on the 1974 film of the same name. Rupert Wyatt, the director, believed the role was underwritten and cast Larson to fill it. Despite this, USA Today's Claudia Puig commented that "brilliant Larson is allowed little to do, other than react.
In 2015, Larson had three film releases. Her debut acting job was in Digging for Fire, a mostly improvised ensemble comedy-drama starring Jake Johnson. Larson made various on-set decisions about her character's choices, including the scrapping of a planned romantic subplot involving her and Johnson, without consulting a screenplay. She then went on to play the sister of Amy Schumer's character in Trainwreck, a comedy partially based on Schumer's real life. Larson was inspired by Schumer's sister, who worked on the film as an associate producer. Screen International's Tim Grierson called the film "a skillful blend of laughter, romance, and poignancy," and said Larson was "lively, slightly underused." Despite a $35 million budget, Trainwreck made nearly $140 million.
Larson went on to star in Free Fire (2016), an action comedy about a warehouse gunfight, following the success of Room. She volunteered to participate in the project in order to raise awareness about gun violence. Larson's role in Room was very different, and her "businesslike manner once again displays her ability to command a scene with a single gaze," according to Eric Kohn of IndieWire. The film's $7 million cost was not recouped commercially. She had a role in Todd Solondz's comedy Wiener-Dog, but her parts were omitted from the final edit because Solondz felt her character was unimportant to the plot. Larson then acted opposite Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson in Kong: Skull Island, the second episode of the MonsterVerse trilogy. The film was shot in Vietnam and depicted her as a photojournalist in the 1970s. It was her first big-budget mainstream film, and while she was pleased to portray a role that wasn't defined by her appearance, she lamented the dearth of female co-stars. The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday lauded the film's visual effects, saying, "Larson manages to hold her own with very little to do." Kong: Skull Island was a box office hit, collecting more than $566 million worldwide.
Larson appeared as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero picture Captain Marvel (2019), which marks Marvel Studios' first female-led film, after a year away from the screen. She was initially hesitant to take on such a high-profile job, but she eventually accepted it after seeing it as a way to empower young women and connecting with the character's weaknesses and compassion. She trained for nine months in judo, boxing, and wrestling, as well as interacting with service members at Nellis Air Force Base. "Larson, a perceptive, low-key actor, carries the whole affair capably," Stephanie Zacharek of Time wrote, noting how much she stood out in the film's quieter moments; David Sims of The Atlantic bemoaned the lack of depth in her role but praised the actress for effectively portraying her character's struggle for independence from authoritarian men. Larson returned to the character of Captain Marvel in Avengers: Endgame, which she had already filmed. Endgame was the highest-grossing picture of all time, grossing $2.79 billion globally, while Captain Marvel was the first female-led superhero film to gross over $1 billion.
On 2019, Larson reunited with Destin Daniel Cretton for the third time in the film Just Mercy, which stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx and is based on Bryan Stevenson's biography about death row inmate Walter McMillian's unjust conviction. She consented to play Eva Ansley, a supporter of the Equal Justice Initiative, in order to lend her support to Cretton's tale. Variety's Owen Gleiberman praised her for channelling her character's "antsy, cigarette-smoking defensiveness." Larson earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for producing and starring in an episode of The Messy Truth VR Experience, a virtual reality series, the following year.
Larson has stated that she will reprise her role as Carol Danvers in The Marvels, the impending sequel to the first Captain Marvel film. She also has three future streaming television projects. In an eponymous biopic produced by Amazon Studios, she will serve as producer and star as Victoria Woodhull, the first female presidential contender in American history. Larson will also appear in the Netflix film Lady Business, which is about the hurdles faced by female entrepreneurs, as well as an Apple TV+ drama series based on the life of CIA operative Amaryllis Fox.
Larson is a proponent of gender equality and a supporter of sexual assault survivors. "I'd put it all on the line and be an activist for the rest of my life because it doesn't feel right to me to be quiet," she says of using her celebrity to speak out on social and political issues.
Larson embraced all of the survivors as they left the stage after Lady Gaga's performance at the 2016 Academy Awards, when she was joined by numerous sexual assault survivors.
She presented Casey Affleck with the award for Best Actor the following year, but she did not clap for him during a standing ovation from the audience due to several allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him. She did, however, embrace him, later saying that her behaviour "spoke for itself." Larson founded the Time's Up movement in 2018 alongside 300 women in Hollywood to defend women from harassment and discrimination. She was one of the first actresses to include an inclusion rider clause in her film and press junket contracts the same year. She commented on the lack of diversity among cinema reviewers and journalists in a 2019 interview, calling them "overwhelmingly white male," and supporting diversity in the business. Trolling and review bombing of the Captain Marvel page on Rotten Tomatoes ensued as a result of this remark.
Larson teamed up with Alia Penner in 2014 to launch Women of Cinefamily, a monthly programme for the nonprofit cinematheque Cinefamily, on which Larson served as an advisory board member, to highlight films directed by and starring women.
She released a statement in support of the victims and urged for action against the offenders after sexual assault accusations against two of the company's male executives.
Larson became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2016, and was subsequently named to the organization's board of governors as a finalist. She was one of several celebrities who helped raise funds for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a charity that helps the industry's elderly members, and she co-hosted an event for the Women in Film organisation in2017, during which she urged filmmakers to speak out against Donald Trump's presidency. She spoke out against Trump's stance on transgender rights during the Women's March on Washington. Larson lamented the lack of diversity among cinema reporters and advocated for greater inclusion of minority voices in film review at the 2018 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, where she was recognised. At the Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals, she announced a 20% quota for underrepresented journalists. She guest-edited an issue of Stylist magazine in 2019 and used the opportunity to raise awareness about diversity and social inclusion.
She spoke out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood at the Women in the World Annual Summit.
Larson was also honoured by Variety in 2019 for her work with the Equal Justice Initiative. She endorsed the "defund the cops" movement in 2020.