Easily one of the most anticipated movies of the year 2019, which is saying a lot, Captain Marvel went on to make over $1.1 billion at the box office which is a mind-blowing number. With that in mind, we can only imagine how over the moon actor Brie Larson was to see the world embrace the first blockbuster she played the lead character in.
While it is easy to assume that lots of people chiefly know Brie Larson for the character she plays in the MCU, the fact of the matter is that she has been turning heads for a long time now. Formerly most famous for her role in much smaller movies and TV shows, many current Larson fans don’t know enough about her history. With that in mind, it is time to get to this list of 20 revealing facts about the real Captain Marvel, Brie Larson.
20 Famous Friends
While a lot of celebrities wind up becoming friends with one another, it often seems like some of these so-called pals have relationships that are only skin deep. On the other hand, during a 2017 Vanity Fair interview, Larson claimed friends Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence “saved my life” because they understood the things she was going through.
Born in Sacramento, California in the year 1989, there is no doubt that Brie Larson is a bona fide American. However, she also has strong ties to the Great White North as her family background is French-Canadian. In fact, the first language she learned as a child was French but she is rusty now because she has principally spoken English for most of her life.
18 Nintendo Love
Despite the fact that Brie Larson clearly has a very busy schedule a lot of the time, it certainly appears like she makes time for her love of Nintendo. After all, during a 2012 interview, she spoke about her love of the Mario Brothers and in 2018 she dressed up as Zero Suit Samus for Halloween.
17 Home Schooled
Given the fact that one of the chief things that actors need to do is relate to others on set, you’d think that a talented performer like Brie Larson spent most of her youth among her peers. However, in reality, her family made the choice to home school Larson throughout her high school years instead which resulted in her spending most of her time at home.
16 Sketch Comedy
These days there may be loads of late-night television shows, but there still is no doubt that there is something special about The Tonight Show. As a result, we can only imagine how excited Brie Larson was to be included in a Tonight Show skit during the Jay Leno years. Still a child at the time, Larson played a little girl who used an Easy Bake Oven to cook roadkill.
15 Extensive Training
When Brie Larson landed the lead role in the MCU’s Captain Marvel, it was abundantly clear that it was going to be a make or break moment for her career. As such, it makes all the sense in the world that she spent around nine months getting in shape for the role and she even underwent some flight training as well.
14 Brie Likes to Be Prepared
In this day and age, it often seems like more and more movies are filled to the brim with actors who are improvising a huge portion of their lines. While that has resulted in some truly hilarious films, there are actors like Brie Larson who come to set knowing exactly how they want to deliver their lines and try to stick to that.
13 Considered Quitting
As this list will no doubt make clear, even from a young age Brie Larson knew that she wanted to be either a successful singer or a dancer. However, we also should make it clear that at one point she was so pessimistic about her chances of making it that she nearly quit working towards her dreams. In fact, in order to move on she applied to colleges with an eye towards becoming an interior designer or marine biologist.
12 Family Sacrifices
In order for an actor like Brie Larson to make it, she clearly had to work very hard at her craft. However, what a lot of people don’t think about is the people around her who also sacrificed. For example, during Larson’s teen years she moved to Los Angeles with her mother and sister in order to audition for roles. Far from wealthy at the time, they could only afford to rent a tiny studio apartment and all three family members slept in the same bed.
11 She Has Worked Many Jobs Behind the Scenes
On top of Brie Larson’s extensive on-camera experience, she has tried her hand at many behind the scenes Hollywood roles. For example, Larson produced and directed the 2017 feature film Unicorn Store. On top of that, she wrote and directed the short films Weighting and The Arm while also editing the former of those two projects.
10 Young Work
While a lot of current Brie Larson fans may not realize it, she began landing roles in notable projects as a youngster. For example, she had small roles in movies like 13 Going on 30 and Sleepover as a kid. On top of that, when Larson was still a child she used her family’s camera to make little movies with the help of her cousins who acted in them.
9 Unusual Passion
Just like regular folks, celebrities often have their own little hobbies and interests that may not always be easy to understand. A perfect example of that, during a Reddit AMA, Brie Larson revealed that she studies mycology. After looking that up, we now know that means that she is interested in mushrooms and she even voiced a documentary about them called Fantastic Fungi.
8 Brie Has Singing Chops
Even though Brie Larson is best known for her acting career, she is quite skilled at singing as well. In fact, in 2005 Larson released “Finally Out of P.E.” which is her first and to date only album. On top of that, in the 2010 movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Larson was cast as Natalie "Envy" Adams which is a role that required her to sing in character.
Now that Brie Larson has become a key part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on top of starring in Kong: Skull Island, she has graced the cover of far too many magazines to list here. Funnily enough, Larson has a long history with publications like that as during her youth she ran a small magazine called Bunnies and Traps which featured her own writing and articles she edited.
6 Almost Lost
Earlier in this list, we touched on the fact that Brie Larson was homeschooled but that doesn’t mean she never hung out with friends during her teen years. In fact, during a Jimmy Fallon interview, Larson revealed that at the age of 18 she was at a party when the cops showed up. Afraid of being arrested, she jumped out a window into the snow and ran away alongside Rooney Mara until a stranger had to save them because they got lost.
5 Early Acceptance
As someone who has a long list of acting awards, including an Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe among others, it is clear that Brie Larson is very good at what she does. If that wasn't evidence enough, Larson’s acting also impressed even when she was still a child as she was accepted into the prestigious American Conservatory Theater at only six years old. Actually, at that time she was the youngest person ever admitted into the program.
4 Working With Her Hero
For the most part, young people tend to idolize the most famous people in large part because their lives seem so glamorous from the outside. On the other hand, it is very telling that when Brie Larson was still young it was character actor Toni Collette that she looked up to. A great choice since Collette is such a marvelous actor, things really worked out for Larson as she went on to portray her hero’s daughter in the TV show The United States of Tara.
Earlier in this list, we looked at the fact that Brie Larson got into incredible shape and underwent flight training ahead of filming Captain Marvel. Even though that sounds somewhat intense, it pales in comparison to what she did prior to making the movie Room. After all, she decided to get into the headspace of someone trapped in a small space by locking herself inside her home for a month. At least her work in that film nabbed her an Oscar.
2 Privacy Please
Due to the fact that Brie Larson is a movie star, to say she has been interviewed endlessly is an understatement. Still, Larson continues to protect her personal life much more than a lot of stars. As for why that is the case, enjoying her privacy is reason enough but she also feels that the world learning too much about her will make it harder for them to buy her in certain roles.
1 Her Name Isn’t What You think
Throughout Hollywood history, there have been many examples of actors changing their stage names for one reason or another. For example, the actor we all know as Brie Larson has a very different name on her birth certificate. According to her, she began going by Brie Larson due to getting sick of telling people how to pronounce her true name, Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers.