Born on October 1st, 1989, in Sacramento, California, actress Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers is best known by her professional name, Brie Larson. She expressed a desire to act from a young age and, after her parents separation when she was seven, she moved with her mother and younger sister to Hollywood so Brie could be closer to where the acting opportunities were. Due to her father’s French origins, Brie grew up speaking the language; she was also homeschooled and, at age six, entered a training program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Larson’s first acting jobs were a commercial parody for Barbie in an episode of talk show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and television guest roles, starting from 1998. In 2001, Brie was hired as part of the main cast of the WB’s sitcom Raising Dad, which only had one season. That same year Larson made her film debut thanks to a small role in sports drama Madison. In 2003, she starred in a Disney Channel movie, Right on Track. While playing minor roles in comedies like 13 going on 30 and Sleepover, Brie also began to focus on songwriting (which she had done since age eleven.) Her first album, Finally Out of P.E., came out in 2005 but wasn’t very successful.
In 2009, Larson was cast as the teenage daughter of titular character in comedy-drama United States of Tara. The series lasted three seasons before it was canceled. After usually being cast as minor characters in movies, Brie secured a big role in a comedy-drama film based on a comic book, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), which marked a turning point in her career. Her next roles were in drama Rampart (2011), The Trouble with Bliss and buddy cop action film 21 Jump Street (2012), and in TV she had a small run in sitcom Community. In 2013, Larson starred in independent drama Short Term 12, which was critically acclaimed and became her breakthrough role, as well as her first leading role ever.
Larson appeared in two successful movies in 2015. She had a secondary role in comedy Trainwreck, which was a box office success, and then played the lead role in drama Room, which was very well received by the critics. Her performance earned her various awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a SAG and BAFTA awards. In 2016, Larson took on a leading role in the action-comedy Free Fire, which was a box office miss, and later appeared in her first big budget film, Kong: Skull Island (2017), a commercial success. Brie also made her directorial debut with Unicorn Store, in which she starred, which premiered on Netflix in 2017.
Following a year-long absence from the big screen, Brie Larson returned to filming when she took the role of superhero Captain Marvel, in the movie of the same name, within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She reprised her role in other movies in the same universe, and is set to appear in the Captain Marvel’s sequel, The Marvel, in 2023. Larson is also set to appear in the tenth film of the Fast & the Furious saga.