Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers, known professionally as Brie Larson (born October 1, 1989 in Sacramento, California), is an American actor, director, and singer.
Larson got her start in acting as a child, appearing in works like the short-lived Bob Saget sitcom Raising Dad, the Disney Channel Channel Original Movie Right on Track, and the 2004 teen comedy Sleepover. During that time, she also began a music career and released her first (and to date, only) studio album Finally Out of P.E. in 2005, to scathing critical reviews but moderate commercial success.
She's since admitted as an adult that she didn't like acting as a child because the roles weren't really those that she wanted to play, so she quit and worked "normal" jobs, before ultimately returning to acting in her late teens.
In 2009, Larson began starring in Showtime's United States of Tara as Kate Gregson, for which she received positive attention over its three season run. During this time, she also appeared in 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (based on the series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley) and 2012's 21 Jump Street film reboot.
Larson's critical (and commercial) prospects increased tenfold beginning with her role in the 2013 film Short Term 12, which garnered her much Oscar buzz in award circles. Though she was ultimately snubbed by The Academy for her performance in that movie, her turn as Joy "Ma" Newsome in the 2015 adaptation of Emma Donoghue's novel Room earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. Outside of arthouse indies, Larson has also appeared in mainstream fare like Trainwreck, Kong: Skull Island, and Don Jon.
In 2016, it was announced that Larson had been cast in the coveted role of Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel in the juggernaut film franchise Marvel Cinematic Universe. Her own dedicated solo film was released in 2019, and she reprised the role in Avengers: Endgame.
In addition to her acting career, Larson is also a director. Her feature film debut, Unicorn Store, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, and was officially released by Netflix in April 2019.
She also has a YouTube channel.
Films with pages on TV Tropes:
- 13 Going on 30 (2004) as one of the Six Chicks
- Sleepover (2004) as Liz Daniels
- Hoot (2006) as Beatrice "The Bear" Leep
- Farce of the Penguins (2007) as "I need a Z Pack" penguin
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) as Envy Adams
- 21 Jump Street (2012) as Molly
- Don Jon (2013) as Monica Martello
- The Spectacular Now (2013) as Cassidy
- Trainwreck (2015) as Kim Townsend
- Room (2015) as Joy "Ma" Newsome
- Free Fire (2017) as Justine
- Kong: Skull Island (2017) as Mason Weaver
- The Glass Castle (2017) as Jeanette Walls
- Marvel Cinematic Universe as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel:
- Unicorn Store (2019)
- Just Mercy (2019)
TV series with pages on TV Tropes:
- Finally Out of P.E. (2005)
Her works provide examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: In both Kong: Skull Island and her tenure as Captain Marvel.
- The Cast Showoff: In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, she shows off her singing skills with the song "Black Sheep".
- Large Ham: In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, in the best way possible.
- Method Acting: Invoked for her role in Room; she stayed at home for a whole month to get an impression what Ma and her son where going through. It earned her an Oscar.
- Ms. Fanservice: A number of her earlier films such as Tanner Hall, The Trouble with Bliss, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World often highlight her sex appeal.
- Period Piece: Like fellow MCU actor Hayley Atwell, she's developing an affinity for them with Kong: Skull Island (set in The '70s), Free Fire (ditto) and Captain Marvel (set in The '90s).
- Production Posse: A member of director Destin Daniel Cretton's, whom she worked with on Short Term 12, The Glass Castle, and Just Mercy. She also appeared in the post-credits scene of Cretton's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
- Star-Making Role: Room and Captain Marvel (2019). Although Larson had popped up as a major player in several acclaimed independent and mainstream films prior to 2015, her performance in Room was what brought her massive attention and led to her winning the Academy Award for Best Actress. Additionally, it quickly led to her signing up as the titular character in Captain Marvel.