What do you say about someone who stars in the top two highest‐grossing films of the year to date — films that have earned about $4 BILLION combined worldwide? When it’s Brie Larson you’re talking about, you say you’re not surprised.
Larson is one of those magical stars who seems to be not only a great person “in real life,” but also universally adored and respected in Hollywood. That’s probably because she truly loves what she does, and at this point she’s done just about everything. She’s been a working actress ever since she was a child — making the decision to go into acting when she was just six years old, and then becoming the youngest person to be accepted into San Francisco’s prestigious American Conservatory Theater training program. Shortly thereafter, she moved to LA with her mom and sister to follow her dream.
Big‐screen success wouldn’t come for a while, though. From age 9 to 14 she only landed TV roles, starting with a sketch on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2001 she played a major role (as Bob Saget’s daughter) on the sitcom Raising Dad for 22 episodes.
Her first movie appearance was in 13 Going on 30 in 2004, and around that same time she also attempted to launch a music career — even releasing an album with a single that made the charts! Finally, her first lead film role came a few years later in Hoot. (And to be totally corny, it is a hoot to see her back when she was only 16 … alongside fellow future‐star Logan Lerman.)
After that point, Larson jumped back and forth between TV and movie work. She starred as Toni Collette’s troubled daughter in the Showtime series The United States of Tara for 3 seasons beginning in 2009, and then had small parts in increasingly bigger films (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, 21 Jump Street) until her major breakthrough as the lead role in the beloved indie film Short Term 12 in 2013.
From that point, there was no stopping her. She had a few more supporting roles in dramas like The Gambler and comedies like Trainwreck until blowing everyone away with her turn as a woman determined to protect her son from the man holding them captive in a small shed in Room, which earned her an Oscar and a Golden Globe, on top of BAFTA and SAG awards.
Since that point, Larson has continued to explore other genres and kick butt in pretty much all of them, from spectacles like Kong: Skull Island to quiet biographical dramas like The Glass Castle, to the first female‐led superhero movie to pass the $1 billion mark, Captain Marvel (now at the Box and Redbox On Demand). And of course this little indie no one saw called Avengers: Endgame.
So what do you do after all that if you’re Brie Larson? You go to Disneyland! (This video of her geeking out at the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opening is my new favorite thing.) Or maybe you celebrate being on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list.
Clearly Larson deserves a break, but she’s already got another film coming out in January: Just Mercy, which reunites her with Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle director Destin Daniel Cretton. It’s a true story about Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan), the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. As a renowned social activist outside of work, this movie sounds like a perfect fit for Larson.
What’s your favorite Brie Larson movie?