Brie Larson

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Brie Larson
Brie Larson cropped.jpg
Larson in 2011
Born Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers
(1989-10-01) October 1, 1989 (age 24)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter, screenwriter, director, poet
Years active 1998–present
Musical career
Genres Pop, pop rock
Labels
Website www.brielarsonmusic.com

Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress, screenwriter, director, poet, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her film roles in Sleepover, Remember the Daze, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street, and Short Term 12. She is also known for her roles in TV such as United States of Tara and Community. Her album Finally Out of P.E. was released in October 2005 and her song "Hope Has Wings" was released as a music video on the Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus DVD.

Background[edit]

Larson was born in Sacramento, California. Her parents were chiropractors who ran a practice together.[1] They separated during her childhood, and she moved to Los Angeles, along with her younger sister and mother.[2] Growing up, Larson's first language was French.[3] For her stage name, she took the surname of one of her great-grandmothers, "Larson".[4]

Acting career[edit]

Larson's first job was performing in sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[5] 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.[6] 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 27 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 Beverly 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.[7] She also had a small role in the movie 13 Going on 30.[8] Larson also appeared in the film Hoot, opposite actors Logan Lerman and Cody Linley. The film opened on May 5, 2006. Larson's voice is also featured in the movie Farce of the Penguins as a teenage penguin. She played Angie in the 2007 comedy/drama Remember the Daze.

Larson appeared in the 2008 short film The Babysitter, written and directed by David H. Steinberg and co-starring Josh Cooke, Molly Hagan, and John Kapelos. 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 canceled on May 23, 2011 with its final episode airing on June 20, 2011.

In 2012, Larson appeared as Molly in the film adaptation of the popular 1980s TV show 21 Jump Street, co-starring with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

In 2013, she guest-starred as Rachel in an episode of Community titled "Herstory of Dance",[9] and again in the episode "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" the following year. In 2013, she also starred in Short Term 12.[10][11] She has appeared as guest in Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show numerous times in 2010 and 2011.[12]

Music career[edit]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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[15] and along with "Invisible Girl", were the tracks that led Larson to sign a record deal some time after with Casablanca Records,[16] a Universal Records imprint. Both songs were produced and written with the help of Michael Binikos and Craig Bartock.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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[20] gaining an official release in iTunes in December[21] and was sent to radios across the country in the following month.[22] 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.[23]

Her only released album, Finally Out of P.E., went on sale in late 2005 and sold 3,500 copies in United States.[24] 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,[25] 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.[26]

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,[27] 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.[28] 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.[13] 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".[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Special Delivery Little Angel
2003 Right On Track Courtney Enders Lead Actress beside Beverly Mitchell
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 Teenage penguin Voice
2008 Remember the Daze Angie
2008 The Babysitter Allison Short film
2009 House Broken Susan "Suzy" Decker
2009 Just Peck Emily
2009 Tanner Hall Kate
2010 Greenberg Sara
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Envy Adams
2011 Treatment Franny
2011 Weighting Short film; co-director, co-writer
2011 Smorgasbord Ciara Short film
2011 Rampart Helen
2012 21 Jump Street Molly
2012 The Trouble with Bliss Stephanie Jouseski
2012 The Arm Short film; Co-director, co-writer
Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award for Comedic Storytelling
2013 Bitter Orange Myrtle Short film
2013 Don Jon Monica Martello Won – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Film Artist (runner-up)
2013 Short Term 12 Grace Won: Austin Film Critics Association for Best Actress
Austin Film Critics Association for Breakthrough Artist
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough
Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Locarno International Film Festival – Best Actress
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Virtuoso Award
Nominated: Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actress
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance
Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (runner-up)
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Film Artist (runner-up)
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society for Best Actress
Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Indiana Film Critics Association for Best Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
2013 The Spectacular Now Cassidy Won – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Film Artist (runner-up)
2014 Basmati Blues Linda In post-production
2015 The Gambler In post-production
2015 Trainwreck Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Movie
2001–02 Raising Dad Emily Stewart 22 episodes
2003 Right On Track Courtney Enders Movie
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 Unaired pilot
2013 Kroll Show College Girl 2 episodes
2013–14 Community Rachel 3 episodes

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

Finally Out of P.E.[29]

  • Released: October 18, 2005 (U.S.)
  • U.S. sales: 3,500[24]

Singles[edit]

  • 2005: "She Said"[22]
  • 2005: "Life After You"[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ON THE RISE: Brie Larson Discusses Her Breakout Role in 'Short Term 12'". Icon vs. Icon. August 19, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Tim (October 20, 2013). "Brie Larson interview: 'I just wanted to do weird stuff'". The Observer. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Graham, Bill (5 September 2013). "Brie Larson Talks 'Short Term 12', Her First Language and the Only Film of Hers She'll Rewatch". The Film Stage. 
  4. ^ http://www.glamour.com/entertainment/blogs/obsessed/2014/01/the-rising-star-you-need-to-kn.html
  5. ^ Stern, Marlow (August 25, 2013). "Brie Larson On ‘Short Term 12,’ One of the Year’s Best Films". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Aquino, Tara; Barone, Matt; Scarano, Ross (July 16, 2013). "Brie Larson - The 25 Best Actresses in Their 20s". Complex. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ Simon, Rachel (October 18, 2013). "'Short Term 12's Brie Larson Was Secretly In All Of Your Favourite Movies". Bustle. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ Erbland, Kate (August 21, 2013). "Brie Larson Is a New Breed of Reluctant Hollywood It Girl". Film School Rejects. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ Viruet, Pilot (April 4, 2013). "Community: "Herstory Of Dance"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Caceda, Eden (December 17, 2013). "Finding A Voice". Filmink. 
  11. ^ Weisman, Jon (October 9, 2013). "10 Actors to Watch: Brie Larson Breaks Out With 'Short Term 12'". Variety. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ Former Child Actress Brie Larson at ‘Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’
  13. ^ a b c Brie Larson/Myspace
  14. ^ Topel, Fred (August 8, 2010). "Brandon Routh on Scott Pilgrim". CraveOnline. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  15. ^ Official Website. August 8, 2003. Archived from the original. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  16. ^ Brie Larson > Profile. American Music Channel. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  17. ^ Moore, David. "Bunnies, Traps, and Slip ‘n’ Slides: An Interview with Brie Larson", Stylus Magazine, September 19, 2007. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  18. ^ Brie filmed her first music video for the single. October 8, 2003. Archived from the original. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  19. ^ Official Website. June 2, 2004. Archived from the original. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  20. ^ Brie Larson. Coming Soon // Debut Album Coming 2005. October 9, 2005. Archived from the original. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  21. ^ Daily News. Tommy2.net, December 29, 2004. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  22. ^ a b FMQB.com. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  23. ^ "Aol Sessions" (2002) - Episode List. IMDb. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  24. ^ a b Friedman, Roger. "Mariah's Up, So Where's Tommy?", Fox News, January 4, 2006. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  25. ^ Chris Applebaum > Credits. Retrieved on November 9, 2010
  26. ^ Brie Larson, official website, news section. Retrieved on January 30, 2012.
  27. ^ ASCAP ACE - Search. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  28. ^ http://tommy2.net/content/?p=163 May 2, 2006 concert review from Tommy2.Net
  29. ^ Brie Larson | AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  30. ^ FMQB.com Retrieved January 30, 2012.

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