Brie Larson
Birth Date:
October 1, 1989
Birth Place:
Sacramento, California, USA
5' 7
actress, singer
American Conservatory Theater
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“I'm learning with the older that I get that some feelings are just universal and that I'm not the only one who hates their hair or their life at times.” Brie Larson

One of the youngest students of the American Conservatory Theater, Brie Larson landed her first professional acting job at age 9 as a regular comedic actress for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” At age 12, she already scored her big break when she was cast as Emily Stewart, one of Bob Saget's daughters, on the WB sitcom “Raising Dad” (2001-2002), which earned her a nomination at the Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young Actress category.

Meanwhile, the 5' 7" blonde could be seen in the films "13 Going on 30" (2004), "Sleepover" (2004) and "Hoot" (2006). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Tanner Hall" and "No Place Like Home."

Brie is also a talented singer. At age 16, on October 18, 2005, she released her debut album, “Finally Out of P.E.” She is currently working on her second album in collaboration with Tony Berg.

“You always get the strangest comments like my hair is too blonde or I'm too tall and it makes you start to think, ‘Man, I wish I was three inches shorter.’ The one that really bugs me is that I'm told I'm too smart to make it in this industry. It can be hard sometimes to hear stuff like that.” Brie Larson


Childhood and Family:

Born Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers on October 1, 1989, in Sacramento, California, Brie Larson, nicknamed “Breezy,” was bitten by the acting bug at age seven after seeing the “Sound of Music” performed at the acclaimed Music Circus. She honed in on her craft at the American Conservatory Theater where she became one of the youngest students. Before her ninth birthday, she moved to Los Angeles and currently lives there with her family. She has a younger sister named Milaine. Brie is good friends with Cody Linley and Logan Lerman.

Brie can play guitar (she has been playing the guitar since she was 12), piano, bass and the drums. She enjoys listening to a lot of artists, including The Rolling Stones, Queen, The Carpenters, Franz Ferdinand, New Kids on the Block, David Bowie, Spice Girls, Garbage, The Beatles, Vanessa Carlton and Nelly Furtado. She also likes music by Carole King, Edie Brickell, The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs', The White Stripes, and Modest Mouse.

Brie, who loves collecting vintage vinyl, owns more than 6 pairs of cowboy boots. She likes to eat mint chip ice cream, strawberry shortcake, and prefers her cakes white.

“For me, the dumbest rule is that you can't chew gum in school. For some reason, chewing gum for me gets my brain going.” Brie Larson

Finally Out of P.E.


Interested in acting since age 7, Brie Larson began her studies as one of the youngest students of the American Conservatory Theater. Before turning 9, she moved to Hollywood and after meeting lots of agents, she decided to go with Cindy Osbrink.

The aspiring actress soon landed her first professional job as a recurring comedic actress for skits on the Emmy-winning NBC late-night talk show “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” That same year, she scored another recurring role, as Lily Quinn, in the short-lived CBS drama series starring Moira Kelly, "To Have & to Hold."

The following year, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of the CBS drama "Touched by an Angel" and the WB teenage series "Popular." She also made her film debut in Kenneth A. Carlson's independent romantic comedy titled "Special Delivery" (1999; starring Nell Carter and Penny Marshall), playing little Angel.

After appearing in the made-for-television movie "Schimmel" (2000; starring and co-written by Robert Schimmel) and guest starring in the ABC sitcom "Then Came You," Brie landed her first big break when she was cast as Emily Stewart, one of Bob Saget's daughters, on the WB sitcom “Raising Dad” (2001-2002), which ended after a short run of 22 episodes. The show handed her a nomination at the Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young Actress category.

Meanwhile, Brie returned to the big screen playing a small role in director William Bindley's drama film "Madison" (2001), starring James Caviezel and Mary McCormack. She also began learning how to play guitar on the set of “Raising Dad.”

Following the demise of “Raising Dad,” Brie portrayed the younger sister of Beverley Mitchell's character in the family TV movie "Right on Track" (2003) and was cast as Kelly Ripa's sidekick in the un-aired pilot for the ABC sitcom, “Hope & Faith.” Afterward, she took a small part in Gary Winick's romantic comedy starring Jennifer Garner, “13 Going On 30” (2004), but it was her role in the Joe Nussbaum-directed teen flick “Sleepover” (2004) that brought her recognition. Although the film failed to recoup its budget in the theaters, Brie was given exposure thanks to its run on the big screen. For her work in the film, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast.

“I think it starts to feel really redundant when you start to do something the same way over and over again. I don’t think it’s good to become so dependent on a certain writing process.” Brie Larson

Brie subsequently branched out into music and released her debut album, “Finally Out of P.E.” at the age of 16. The pop album features 13 tracks (plus a digital download bonus track called "Go Your Own Way") that is primarily written by Brie and based on her personal experiences of the ups and down of being a teenager. It spawned two singles, "She Said" (#31 Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales, #69 Mediabase CHR/Top 40) and "Life After You" (#110 Mediabase CHR/Top 40). Unfortunately, due to many delays in release dates and lack of promotion, the album, which was released by Casablanca Records/Universal Records, only sold 5,500 copies in the United States.

About her album, Brie said, “The album is really a big part of me and if I can give anything to those girls out there struggling to find themselves and their place, it’s these songs. I’m always there to support girls through their insecurities and doubts because I think it’s important.”

In addition to the album release, Brie worked with Mattel to produce "Hope Has Wings," the final song for a direct-to-video “Barbie” movie (the song is also the last track of her own album). Brie, who lists Carole King, Edie Brickell, the White Stripes, and Modest Mouse among her musical influences, joined Jesse McCartney on his 2005 tour.

Returning to the big screen, Brie appeared in “Hoot” (2006, her first starring role). The movie is adapted from the Carl Hiaasen Newbery-winning book of the same name and also stars Luke Wilson and Logan Leeman. It earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress. Brie also co-wrote and performed a song in the film’s original soundtrack, "Coming Around," which entered the Billboard's Hot 200 Albums. After it was released, Brie's album sales increased slightly.

“I have a pretty good sense of humor and am able to laugh at myself. I think it’s important to not put too much pressure on life and not make things that happen a huge deal, because I think in this industry especially, there is a lot of room to mess up.” Brie Larson

Recently, in 2007, Brie appeared in writer/director Jess Manafort's drama/comedy movie "The Beautiful Ordinary," starring Lyndsy Fonseca, and was spotted as a guest in an episode of the CBS supernatural thriller series "Ghost Whisperer."

As for her future projects, Brie is currently filming "Tanner Hall," a drama by writers/directors Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg in which she will co-star with Tom Everett Scott and Amy Sedaris, and "No Place Like Home," writer/director Sam Harper's comedy starring Danny DeVito.

She is also working on her second album. All of the songs will be written by her in collaboration with Tony Berg. No word yet on when the album will be released.

"Well, here is my big secret... if you want to be good at anything you have to practice!" Brie Larson (on learning how to play musical instruments)


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