The Sacramento native began her career at the age of 6. Her first acting job was actually for Jay Leno. She explained it as a , “Barbie commercial where I got to pour mud all over Barbie dolls and watch the heads pop off. It was so exciting, a lot of fun.”
The 24-year-old has come a long from her humble beginnings. Let’s take a look at her exciting career.
1. She Played Jonah Hill’s Love Interest
Her most well-known role was as Molly, who caught Jonah Hill’s character’s attention in 21 Jump Street.
In the video above, she dishes on her role in the comedy blockbuster.
Even though she starred in a film set in high school, she herself never attended a traditional one. Since she was pursing acting, her homeopathic-doctor parents homeschooled her.
She told Teen Hollywood how the casting came about:
I was doing the table read for Nick Stoller’s movie Five Year Engagement and I met Jonah at the table read and he asked if he could introduce me to his friends so I met these two young guys and we riffed for a second. As I was leaving, we all said “Best friends forever”. And I was like ‘I’m never gonna see these people again.’
2. She Bonded With Shai
The girls met on the set of 2013’s The Spectacular Now, both vying for the attention of Miles Teller’s character, Sutter.
Coincidentally, they are both vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Larson summed it up perfectly when she said, “We’re both trying all the time to be truthful. And that can be exhausting.”
Woodley told New York Magazine they were “venting about things we are supposed to do and don’t want to do. Then we agreed the that the biggest issue is to pick films that are honest and not detrimental to girls.”
The admiration the ladies have for one another transcends their commitment to Hollywood. “Girls in this industry sabotage one another. We will never do that,” Larson promised.
3. She’s a Singer
Her album got its name from Larson’s personal experience:
My P.E. teacher didn’t like me at all, which was hard to deal with cuz I was usually such a teachers’ pet. So when I found out I got my record deal, I was like, ‘Yes, I’m finally out of P.E.’
You can find the record’s songs here on her My Space page.
In the video above, she’s rocking out to her single, “She Said.” As far as her musical influences go, she credits Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani, The Clash, Kanye West as some of her favorite artists.
Since she is busy in Hollywood, Larson has put her musical career on hold.
She told Collider about her musical endeavor:
When what you do is play characters, every day, all day, I wasn’t really interested in playing a pop star on the weekends. I wanted to be myself, and it slowly turned into not being me at all, so I just didn’t really see the point.
Sorry I've Been Stepped away from the Internet! been working for a DJ for 4 weddings this year! Lot of work but fun =)
— Brie Larson (@BrieLarson89) September 16, 2012
4. She’s Dating a Rocker
The band, which is based in Southern California, is best known for their song above, “California,” which was the theme song to the popular drama The O.C.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Larson revealed that they “both have a very big love for art history and particularly for the Renaissance…”
5. Her Latest Project Is With Mark Wahlberg
— Caroline Langella (@lemongella) March 14, 2014
In The Gambler, out in 2015, she plays a college student who gets involved with a professor, played by Wahlberg. It is a remake of a 1974 movie with James Caan.
Starring as an English professor with a gambling addiction, Wahlberg lost 60 pounds for the role. As you can see from the tweet above, they filmed the movie on the University of Southern California’s campus.
But it’s just incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully well-written and I think what it’s about is going to change for me, but right now it seems like, perhaps, a person who is confused by the material world. Confused by the things that people care about or cling onto, and why money even exists in the first place. But that’s just totally my interpretation of it. You could watch it and be like, ‘You’re a crazy person, it has nothing to do with that.’ But that’s what it means to me right now.