Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers, born October 1, 1989, is an American actress, filmmaker and musician. Brianne is best known for her professional name, Brie Larson. She’s the recipient of numerous awards, such as, an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Take a look below for 30 more interesting and awesome facts about Brie Larson.
1. Born in Sacramento, California, she was home schooled, before she was accepted at the American Conservatory Theater at the age of 6, becoming the youngest student accepted there.
2. Larson began her acting career at the age of 8 with sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
3. She appeared as a regular on the 2001 sitcom Raising Dad, for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award.
4. As a teenager, Larson had brief roles in the 2004 movies 13 Going on 30 and Sleepover.
5. Larson played supporting roles in such movies as Hoot, Tanner Hall, Greenberg, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street, The Spectacular Now, Don Jon and Trainwreck.
6. From 2009 to 2011, Larson appeared as a rebellious teenager in the television series United States of Tara.
7. Larson’s breakthrough came with the acclaimed independent drama Short Term 12.
8. Further success for Larson came in 2015, when she starred in Room, an acclaimed drama based on Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name.
9. She won several awards for her portrayal of a kidnapping victim in Room, including the Academy Award for Best Actress.
10. In 2017, Larson starred as a photojournalist in the adventure movie Kong: Skull Island, which grossed over $560 million worldwide, becoming her highest grossing release.
11. She made her solo directorial debut with the comedy movie Unicorn Store.
12. As a singer, Larson released the album Finally Out of P.E. in 2005.
13. Her parents, Heather and Sylvain Desaulniers, were chiropractors who ran a practice together.
14. Larson’s parents divorced when she was a child, and she moved to Los Angeles with her mother and her younger sister.
15. Her paternal grandparents, Aurele Desaulniers and Gabrielle Marie-Therese Desaulniers, were French-Canadians from Manitoba.
16. Growing up, Larson’s first language was French.
17. Larson gets her stage name from her maternal great-grandmother, Elva Josephine Larson, although she has 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 child.
18. She sand “Coming Around” in her movie Hoot.
19. In May 2005, she went on tour with Jesse McCartney.
20. Brie’s go-to karaoke song is Usher Raymond’s “Burn” from the 2004 album “Confessions.”
21. She has acted since she was seven years old. However, she considered quitting acting several times as she found the film business to be too difficult and was unable to get the parts she wanted. She pursued careers in photography, interior design and animal training, but ultimately decided to stick with acting.
22. She has been in a relationship with Alex Greenwald, vocalist with rock band Phantom Planet, since 2013.
23. To prepare for her role as Ma in Room, Larson stayed at home for a whole month and went on a strict diet, to get an understand of what Ma and Jack were going through.
24. She’s a big fan of the Super Mario Bros video games.
25. After a considerable period of frustration correcting people who consistently mispronounced her birth name “Desaulniers,” Brie changed it to Larson.
26. She became engaged to Alex Greenwald after he proposed to her shortly after she won her Oscar in March, 2016.
27. Larson attended the March 2017 ceremony for her Kong: Skull Island co-star John Goodman when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, alongside Jeff Bridges and Tom Hiddleston.
28. She is good friends with Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Amy Schumer.
29. She made home movies as a child, casting her cousins and making sets in her garage.
30. In August 2017, Larson distanced herself from the non-profit cinematheque Cinefamily after several women accused its co-founder Hadrian Belove and vice president of the board of directors Shade Elnashai of sexual harassment and assault.