Brie Larson: 15 Things to Know about the Oscar-Winning Actress
by Jennifer Lafferty
Brie Larson has been acting in movies and television for many years, but for all her talent, she has remained largely under the radar until recently. At 26, Larson was suddenly propelled to stardom with her impressive performance in the drama Room, which earned her the Oscar for Best Actress. Find out why Brie Larson is Hollywood’s newest It Girl and the fascinating journey she’s had along the way.
She’s Been Acting since Childhood
Many fans don’t realize that Brie Larson has been acting almost all her life. As a child actress, she appeared in many projects, including her memorable role as a Six Chick in 13 Going on 30.
She Has Highbrow Taste in Movies
A self-proclaimed Criterion fan, Larson is partial to artsy foreign films such as critically acclaimed classics like Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage and her favorite Jean-Luc Godard picture, A Woman Is a Woman.
Her Musician Boyfriend, Alex Greenwald
Her longtime boyfriend (the cute guy she kissed at the Oscars) is 36-year-old Alex Greenwald, lead singer for power-pop band Phantom Planet, best known for The OC theme song California.
She Got Her Start on “The Tonight Show”
When Brie Larson is a guest on The Tonight Show, it must be nostalgic, considering she got her start playing a Girl Scout in skits on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, back in 1998.
She’s Interested in Mycology
She has varied interests, one of which is mycology, the biology of fungi. “That may seem like the strangest, but I’m passionate about it,” she wrote on Reddit. Larson even listed Mushroom Forager in her Twitter bio.
Saoirse Ronan Is Her BFF
What’s a little competition among friends? Larson’s BFF is Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), who competed with her for the Best Actress Oscar this year. Larson graciously said she was “super-pleased” to share the honor with Ronan.
She’s an Aspiring Pop Star
She briefly had a pop music career and was groomed to fit the Disney singer mold in the tradition of Britney Spears. Larson made a few music videos, but she was ultimately dropped by Universal in 2005.
Her Girl-Next-Door Appeal
Brie Larson has a natural beauty and a sweet, sincere girl-next-door charm that’s hard to come by in Hollywood. Her down-to-earth appeal helps make her popular with a wide spectrum of moviegoers.
She’s an Award-Winning Director
It’s not unusual for actors to dabble in directing, but Larson won a prestigious award for The Arm, a short she co-wrote and co-directed, taking home the Special Jury Award for Comedic Storytelling at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
She’s a Critically Acclaimed Actress
Larson impressed critics and audiences alike with her amazing performance as a woman held captive with her young son in the compelling 2015 drama Room, winning numerous awards including the Oscar for Best Actress.
Her Unique Support System
With all the pressure and demands put on young stars, it’s important to have a good support system. For Brie Larson, that includes an awesome family, an awesome therapist, and “two really cool dogs”.
She Can Make Us Laugh
As gifted as she is at drama, Larson is also a talented comedic actress. After struggling for years, her feature film break came when she played the female lead in the hit comedy film 21 Jump Street.
She’s Had Plenty of Small Screen Experience
Brie Larson has worked on a number of TV series and got her first real taste of fame playing the daughter of Toni Collette and John Corbett in the dysfunctional family comedy series United States of Tara.
She Lived Her Own Version of “Room”
Room reminded Larson of the cramped but loving environment she and her sister experienced when their mom moved them to L.A.: “We lived in just a studio apartment with just a room and a bed that came out of the wall,” she said.
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