Girl crush: Brie Larson

The actress shatters The Glass Castle

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BY: Kitty Bowe Hearty

Brie Larson is that rare actress who seems to know how to pick the right part, stay away from typecasting, work across a range of genres, handle the demands of both small indie films and big studio releases, and win major awards in the process. Oh and she sings, writes songs and screenplays, and also directs and produces.

The youngest student ever to enroll at the American Theater Conservatory in San Francisco, Larson has been acting since the age of 12 and is now one of Hollywood’s top “go to” talents. She started in television (The Tonight Show with  Jay Leno, Raising Dad, United States of Tara) and moved on to supporting roles in a number of popular films including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (featuring her last public appearance as a singer) and 21 Jump Street. Her breakthrough came in Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12 as the aptly named Grace, a supervisor of a group home for troubled teens, a part she auditioned for via Skype. Based on a short that won the Jury Prize at Sundance, the critically acclaimed feature also won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Narrative Features at the South by Southwest festival in 2013.

But it was her stunning performance in Room (2015) that made Larson a star. In the role of Joy Newsome, a young mother who has been held captive by the man who is both her abductor and the father of her son Jack, she astonished audiences and critics alike and went on to win a slew of acting awards including all the biggies (Oscar, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice, SAG and BAFTA).

Next up is The Glass Castle, a film adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir about a successful young woman whose carefully constructed life is upended when her dysfunctional parents (played by Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson) move to New York where she lives. The film reunites Larson with director Cretton and Harrelson (she played his daughter in the police drama Ramparts).

Next up, a break from all this heavy stuff…it was announced at last year’s San Diego Comic Con that Larson will play the iconic Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel.