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 26)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1998–present
Musical career
Genres Pop, pop rock

Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and singer. She is known for her film roles in Sleepover (2004), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), The Trouble with Bliss (2012), 21 Jump Street (2012), Short Term 12 (2013), The Gambler (2014), and Trainwreck (2015). She is also known for her role in the Showtime TV series United States of Tara (2009–11).

Early life[edit]

Larson was born in Sacramento, California. Her parents were chiropractors who ran a practice together.[1] Her parents separated during her childhood, and she moved to Los Angeles, with her mother and younger sister.[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]



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 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.[7] She also had a small role in the movie 13 Going on 30.[8] 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 canceled on May 23, 2011.[citation needed]

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",[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 appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson several times between 2010 and 2013.[12]

In 2015, Larson played the adult sister of Amy Schumer in the film Trainwreck. She has been cast along with Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island.[13] She is set to star in Room, the upcoming film adapted from the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue. The film is scheduled for a limited release on October 16, 2015. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.[citation needed]


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.[14] 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.[15]

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[16] and along with "Invisible Girl", were the tracks that led Larson to sign a record deal some time after with Casablanca Records,[17] a Universal Records imprint. Both songs were produced and written with the help of Michael Binikos and Craig Bartock.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

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[21] gaining an official release in iTunes in December[22] and was sent to radios across the country in the following month.[23] 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.[24]

Her only released album, Finally Out of P.E., went on sale in late 2005 and sold 3,500 copies in U.S.[25] 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,[26] 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.[27]

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,[28] 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.[29] 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.[14] 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".[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Special Delivery Little Angel
2003 Right on Track Courtney Enders
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
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[30] Short; co-director, co-writer
2011 Smorgasbord Ciara Short
2011 Rampart Helen
2012 21 Jump Street Molly
2012 The Trouble with Bliss Stephanie Jouseski
2012 The Arm[31] Short film; co-director, co-writer
2013 Bitter Orange Myrtle Short
2013 Don Jon Monica Martello
2013 Short Term 12 Grace
2013 The Spectacular Now Cassidy
2014 The Gambler Amy Phillips
2015 Digging for Fire Max
2015 Trainwreck Kim
2015 Room Ma
2015 Basmati Blues Linda In post-production
2016 Free Fire In post-production
2016 Wiener-Dog 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 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 Movie
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"


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Leading Young Actress Raising Dad Nominated
2005 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast (Shared with rest of cast) Sleepover Nominated
2007 Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Hoot Nominated
2013 San Diego Film Critics Society Best Actress Short Term 12 Nominated
Locarno International Film Festival Best Actress[33] Won
Houston Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer[34] Won
Gotham Awards Best Actress Won
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actress Won
Breakthrough Performance Won
Denver Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association[35] Best Actress Won
Breakthrough Artist Won
Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award[citation needed] Herself Won
2014 Georgia Film Critics Association Breakthrough Performer[citation needed] Won
Film Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Short Term 12 Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award[citation needed] Won

See also[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. ^ Profile,; accessed October 19, 2014.
  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. ^ Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Wilkinson to Beat Off Kong?
  14. ^ a b c Brie Larson/Myspace
  15. ^ Topel, Fred (August 8, 2010). "Brandon Routh on Scott Pilgrim". CraveOnline. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ Official Website. August 8, 2003. Archived from the original. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  17. ^ Brie Larson > Profile. American Music Channel. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  18. ^ Moore, David. "Bunnies, Traps, and Slip 'n' Slides: An Interview with Brie Larson", Stylus Magazine, September 19, 2007. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  19. ^ Brie filmed her first music video for the single. October 8, 2003. Archived from the original. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  20. ^ Official Website. June 2, 2004. Archived from the original. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  21. ^ Brie Larson. Coming Soon // Debut Album Coming 2005. October 9, 2005. Archived from the original. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  22. ^ Daily News., December 29, 2004. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  23. ^ Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  24. ^ "Aol Sessions" (2002) - Episode List. IMDb. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  25. ^ Friedman, Roger. "Mariah's Up, So Where's Tommy?", Fox News, January 4, 2006. Retrieved on November 9, 2010.
  26. ^ Chris Applebaum > Credits. Retrieved on November 9, 2010
  27. ^ Brie Larson, official website, news section. Retrieved on January 30, 2012.
  28. ^ ASCAP ACE - Search. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  29. ^ May 2, 2006 concert review from Tommy2.Net
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  32. ^ Brie Larson. AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  33. ^ "Brie Larson Takes Best Actress At Locarno Film Festival". Deadline. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Brie Larson In Talks To Join Mark Wahlberg In Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler Remake". Cinemablend. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  35. ^ "‘Her’ Tops Austin Film Critics Association 2013 Awards". AFCA. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 

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