Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers (born October 1, 1989), known professionally as Brie Larson, is an American actress and singer. Born in Sacramento, California, Larson was home-schooled before she studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater. She began her acting career in television, appearing as a regular on the 2001 sitcom Raising Dad, for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award.
As a teenager, Larson struggled for a breakthrough as a singer. She released her only album Finally Out of P.E. in 2005 to moderate success. She 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), and 21 Jump Street (2012). From 2009 to 2010, 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 was 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 in the film, including the Academy Award, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
Larson has written and directed two short films, Weighting (2011), and The Arm (2012). She has also appeared in a stage production of Our Town at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 Acting
- 2.2 Music
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 4.1 Film
- 4.2 Television
- 5 Discography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Larson was born in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Sylvain and Heather 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-Canadian. 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 great-grandmother’s maiden name, as her surname was too difficult to pronounce. She stated on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she took her stage name from Kirsten Larson, an American Girl doll she received as a
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 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.