Some of the biggest headlines surrounding the Oscars include the racism debate, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvester Stallone’s return to the Oscars, etc. But perhaps the most interesting headline of this year’s Oscars conversations is Brie Larson’s sudden rise to stardom for her work in Room. Room is a drama/thriller about a woman and her son who have been held in captivity but finally gain freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time. With four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, the film is projected to win big this weekend with many betting that Brie Larson will take home the Best Actress award. Her sudden popularity has everyone wondering — who is Brie Larson? Where did she come from? The answer is that she’s been almost everywhere in the last decade, but the reason we’re so obsessed with her now is because she’s gracefully climbed her way to the top. Let’s take a look back at her career before Room.

Brie Larson began her career as a guest actress on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1998 when she was just 7 years old!
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She landed her first big role in the 2001 sitcom Raising Dad, alongside Bob Saget, Kat Dennings, and Meagan Good. (Come on, don’t act like you don’t remember this show!)
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Her first movie role was on the Disney Channel Original Movie Right on Track.
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Yup, that’s right, she’s a Disney channel veteran.


She made her big screen film debut in 13 Going on 30 and Sleepover
She played a mean chick in both films.

She’s had a very brief singing career – in 2005, she released a pop album called Finally Out of P.E. which sold just 3,500 copies.

She has publicly stated she hasn’t given up on music and plans to release another album in the future.

And yes, she can actually sing! In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Larson performed “Black Sheep” with the band Metric.

In 2012, She finally gained wider recognition when she played Molly in 21 Jump Street alongside Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

Recognize her now?!

Needless to say, 2015 has been the defining year of her career. Not only did she shock Hollywood with Room, but she also landed another big role in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, proving that she’s a versatile actress that’s here to stay.

(Source: Variety Magazine)



Photo credit FREDERIC J BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

You go, Brie Larson!

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