As a teenager, Larson had brief roles in the 2004 films 13 Going on 30 and Sleepover. Her performance in the comedy film Hoot (2006) was praised, and she subsequently played supporting roles in the films Greenberg (2010), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), 21 Jump Street (2012), and Don Jon (2013). From 2009 to 2011, Larson featured as a rebellious teenager in the television series United States of Tara.
Larson's breakthrough role came with the independent drama Short Term 12 (2013), for which she received critical acclaim. Further success came in 2015 when she starred in Room, an acclaimed drama based on Emma Donoghue's novel of the same name. She won several awards for her portrayal of a troubled mother kidnap victim in the film, including the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critic's Choice Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress. In 2017, she starred as a war photographer in the adventure film Kong: Skull Island, her highest-grossing release.
Larson was born in Sacramento, California, the first daughter of Heather (née Edwards) and Sylvain Desaulniers. Her parents were chiropractors who ran a practice together. Her parents divorced when she was a child, and she moved to Los Angeles with her mother and her sister. She studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.Before that she was home-schooled.
Her paternal grandparents were French-Canadians from Manitoba. Her paternal grandmother, Gabrielle Desaulniers, died in December 2015. Growing up, Larson's first language was French. Brie stated in an interview with Glamour that she chose "Larson" as her stage name from her Swedish great-grandmother's maiden name, as her surname was too difficult to pronounce. She later stated on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she also took her stage name from Kirsten Larson, an American Girl doll she received as a child.
Larson's first job was performing in sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.Soon after, she was cast in the television series Schimmel, which never aired because its star, Robert Schimmel, was diagnosed with cancer shortly before filming was to begin. After it was "on hold" for ten months, Fox canceled the show. Larson later auditioned for a new show for The WB called In Your Dreams, and landed the role of Bob Saget's character's younger daughter, Emily. The show was selected for the 2001–02 fall season, and was renamed Raising Dad. It was then canceled after 22 episodes. Larson was also cast in the pilot for the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith, but she and some other cast members were dropped after the unaired pilot.
In 2003, she starred alongside Beverley Mitchell on the Disney Channel original movie Right on Track. In July 2004, she co-starred with a large cast of teen actors in the film Sleepover.She also had a small role in the movie 13 Going on 30. Larson appeared in the 2006 film Hoot, opposite actors Logan Lerman and Cody Linley. Her voice is also featured in the film Farce of the Penguins as a teenage penguin. She played Angie in the 2007 comedy-drama Remember the Daze and also appeared in the 2008 short film The Babysitter, written and directed by David H. Steinberg. She appeared in an episode of Ghost Whisperer in January 2008. She also has a role as Kate in the 2008 film, Tanner Hall, directed by Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Fürstenberg. Larson played the character Kate Gregson on the Showtime series United States of Tara. The show premiered on January 18, 2009 and was not renewed after its third season. The season finale aired on June 20, 2011.
In 2012, Larson played Molly in the film adaptation of the popular 1980s TV show 21 Jump Street, co-starring with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. In 2013, she guest-starred as Rachel in an episode of Community titled "Herstory of Dance", and again in the episode "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" the following year. In 2013, she also starred in Short Term 12.She appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson several times between 2010 and 2013.
Larson being introduced at San Diego Comic-Con, 2016
In 2015, Larson played the sister of Amy Schumer's character in the film Trainwreck. She also starred in Room, a film adapted from the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue. The film played at the Toronto International Film Festival, and began its theatrical release on October 16, 2015. It has received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for Larson's performance, which earned her several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress as well as Golden Globe & BAFTA Awards.
In 2016, it was confirmed that Larson would reunite with her Short Term 12 director, Destin Daniel Cretton, for The Glass Castle. The Lionsgate’s script is an adaptation of Jeannette Walls' memoir. It tells the story of a successful young woman who was raised by dysfunctional and nonconformist parents. Her world gets turned upside down when they move to New York to be near her. Woody Harrelson is already on board as the woman’s alcoholic father with Naomi Watts joining the project as Larson's eccentric mother. The film begins production in West Virginia in May 2016 with Gil Netter producing. Later on in June, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Larson was the favorite to star as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel.Marvel later announced her casting at a panel at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International.
In 2017, Larson starred in the fantasy action film Kong: Skull Island, along with Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston, which was filmed in Queensland, Australia and Vietnam. It proved to be her highest-grossing release.
In March 2017, Larson was cast as the titular lead in Victoria Woodhull, a biopic produced by Amazon Studios about the first female presidential candidate in U.S. history. She is also set to produce the film.
Larson in 2010
Larson has launched a career as a musician, singer and songwriter, and after releasing her debut album in a major record label in 2005, and has been performing in live concerts throughout the United States since then. A second album came to production and was completed but never released. Most recently, Larson revealed plans to release an EP, but that also never reached the public. She did not give up on her career as a musician, but it is not known when she will release new songs. Her last public appearance as a singer was in 2010, when she performed "Black Sheep", along with the band Metric in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Her interest in being a singer started in early 2003, when she began to promote her songs through her personal website and was already showing interest in releasing an album. The first leaked was "Go Goodbye", a song about "two great people who just aren't great together", in her own words and along with "Invisible Girl", were the tracks that led Larson to sign a record deal some time after with Casablanca Records, a Universal Records imprint. Both songs were produced and written with the help of Michael Binikos and Craig Bartock. In 2003, she leaked another track, "Not a Freak" and this time there was even a music video for it, which was available for purchase online.In late spring of 2004, she removed all the songs on her website due to Casablanca's contract restrictions and was in the process of recording new songs for her first album.
In October of that same year, her willingness to release an album was coming closer and "She Said", the first single from her yet-to-be-released debut album at that time was available to listen via her official website gaining an official release in iTunes in Decemberand was sent to radios across the country in the following month. Despite having been the 99th best-selling CD single in the country in 2005, according to SoundScan and peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales, the song failed to reach the Top 40 of the most played songs in the country, receiving low airplay. She also recorded live performances for AOL Sessions on October 11, 2004.
Her only released album, Finally Out of P.E., went on sale in late 2005 and sold 3,500 copies in U.S. Before its release, her record label released a DVD featuring "She Said" music video, the making of it and her AOL Sessions performances. The entire album was focused in teenage audiences and that became clear while she was playing in Teen People's Rock in Shop Tour, went on tour with Jesse McCartney and received a lot of airplay from children-oriented radios like Radio Disney and Radio KOL. The music video for "She Said", directed by Chris Applebaum, showed a story about a bored fast food restaurant worker who was aiming to sing and, that way, "finding herself". She also sang "Hope Has Wings", the song from the credits of the movie Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus. A music video for the song appears as a bonus feature on the movie's DVD.
In 2006, she recorded a song slightly different from her previous works for the soundtrack of the Hoot movie, "Coming Around", co-written with Jacques Brautbar and Rami Perlman,vocalist and guitarist of a Los Angeles-based independent band. On March 1, 2006, Larson performed an acoustic set of new songs at L.A.'s famous Viper Room.The songs played were "Dear Universe", "Powershift", "Stilts and the Titanic", "Superstition", a cover of Indigo Girls' "Closer to Fine" and "Falling Into History", a track from her album. From the new songs, the only one to be leaked in a studio recording was "Stilts and the Titanic", produced and co-written by Binikos. The song was made available to listen and download as a demo version in Larson's Official Myspace in the summer 2006. On October 22, 2008 she announced to fans in a blog published in her official Myspace page that she will be recording a 5 track EP with new material and will provide backing vocals for artist Caitlin Crosby's latest album. The EP was to include a re-recorded version of Ugly (a track from her album) and four new songs: "Dear Universe", "Sharpen My Nails", "Arielle", and "If All Goes Well".
Larson has written and directed two short films, titled Weighting (2011), and The Arm (2012). She has also appeared in a stage production of Our Town at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Larson will be making her directorial debut in the comedy Unicorn Store.
She is an outspoken advocate for sexual assault victims. At the 2017 Academy Awards of Motion Pictures and Sciences, Larson presented Casey Affleck with the Best Actor award, but in light of his sexual harassment allegations, Larson took a step back and stood with both her arms at her side during a standing ovation from the audience for Affleck.Commenting on her actions, Larson told Vanity Fair, “I think that whatever it was that I did on stage kind of spoke for itself.
Larson has been in a relationship with musician Alex Greenwald since 2013.In May 2016, Larson's rep confirmed that she and Greenwald are engaged.In February 2016, Larson told Elle that she has not spoken to her father in over ten years.
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Special Delivery Little Angel
2004 13 Going on 30 Six Chick
2004 Sleepover Elizabeth "Liz" Daniels
2005 Madison Racing girl
2006 Hoot Beatrice "The Bear" Leep
2007 Farce of the Penguins I Need a Z-Pack Penguin Voice role
2008 Remember the Daze Angie Ford
2008 The Babysitter Allison Short film
2009 House Broken Susan "Suzy" Decker
2009 Just Peck Emily Donaldson
2009 Tanner Hall Kate
2010 Greenberg Sara
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Natalie V. "Envy" Adams
2011 Treatment Franny
2011 Weighting Short film; co-director and co-writer
2011 Smorgasbord Ciara Short film
2011 Rampart Helen
2012 21 Jump Street Molly Tracey
2012 The Trouble with Bliss Stephanie Jouseski
2012 The Arm Short film; co-director and co-writer
2013 Bitter Orange Myrtle Short film
2013 Don Jon Monica Martello
2013 Short Term 12 Grace Howard
2013 The Spectacular Now Cassidy
2014 The Gambler Amy Phillips
2015 Digging for Fire Max
2015 Trainwreck Kim Townsend
2015 Room Joy "Ma" Newsome
2016 Free Fire Justine
2017 Kong: Skull Island Mason Weaver
2017 The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls Completed
2017 Basmati Blues Linda Completed
2017 Unicorn Store Kit Also director and producer; in post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Roadkill Easy Bake Oven / Girl Scout 2 episodes
1998 To Have & to Hold Lily Quinn 2 episodes
1999 Touched by an Angel Rachel Episode: "Into the Fire"
1999 Popular Robin Robin Episode: "Fall on Your Knees"
2000 Then Came You Young Allison Episode: "Then Came Aidan's Ex"
2000 Schimmel Samantha Pilot
2001–02 Raising Dad Emily Stewart 22 episodes
2003 Right on Track Courtney Enders Television film
2003 Hope & Faith Sydney Shanowski Unaired pilot
2008 Ghost Whisperer Krista Eisenburg Episode: "Slam"
2009 The Burg Hipster Girl Episode: "Change"
2009–11 United States of Tara Katherine "Kate" Gregson 36 episodes
2011 The League Ashley 2 episodes
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Katerin Episode: "The Real Bicycle Thief"
2012 Entry Level Laura Pilot
2013 Kroll Show College Girl 2 episodes
2013–14 Community Rachel 3 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Brie Larson Wears a Billowy Long-Sleeve Shirt and White Saddle Shoes"
2016 Saturday Night Live Herself (host) Episode: "Brie Larson/Alicia Keys"
Year Artist Song Album
2014 Jenny Lewis "Just One Of The Guys" The Voyager