“I felt like if I keep everything plain in front then it brings my mind to the forefront,” says the Oscar winner on why she previously rejected being a fashion star. She credits her stylist Christina Ehrlich with helping her embrace fashion saying, “you can wear something that actually makes someone understand you better and want to get to know you better.”
It’s several hours before the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon is set to begin at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and Brie Larson rolls into her suite wearing dark jeans, a black sweater, ankle boots and zero makeup. She could be any pretty young woman arriving at the hotel from the airport; she did in fact just step off a 14-hour flight from Australia, one of the many far-flung locations where she’s been shooting “Kong: Skull Island” for the last four months.
This crazy juxtaposition of worlds — the Hollywood glamour surrounding a first-time Best Actress nominee; the dark indie film “Room” that showcased her talent and set her on the Oscar campaign trail (she’s already nabbed Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild trophies); and the big-budget, CGI-laden “King Kong” reboot that she’s currently filming, would be enough to send any 26-year-old into momentary shock. Instead, Larson is extremely present, taking it all in as it comes, journal in hand and bright-eyed — even though she’s had precious little sleep for the last month.
Brie has recently posed for the photograph Marc Hom for People. You can find the photoshoot as well as several high quality scans !
GET INSIDE THE HEAD OF BRIE LARSON
What’s happening to Brie Larson at this moment is every actor’s dream. On the heels of her Room triumph, the star goes gargantuan in her next project, Kong: Skull Island, and in just a few weeks she’ll walk down the biggest red carpet there is (16,500 square feet!). She sat down with Holly Millea for this month’s cover story and spoke candidly about her own story, revealing things about her past and present that paint an engaging, honest, and thoughtful picture of where she’s been and where she’s going.
To find out what she had to say check out the entire interview exclusively in our brand-new bigger, bolder March issue of ELLE (yes, ELLE magazine is literally blowing up!) on newsstands nationwide February 16. But first, a sneak peek at who the real Brie Larson really is.
15 FILMS, INCLUDING ROOM AND TRAINWRECK (2015).
Brie Larson’s breakthrough was a long time bubbling. Born Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers, a name which would have taken up the entire marquee, she began studying drama at the age of six and was racking up credits in original cable movies and TV series in her early teens, getting a long head start on her contemporaries. Like Elizabeth Banks before her breakthrough, Larson blazed in supporting roles (rock star Envy Adams in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the mouthy daughter in Showtime’s United States of Tara, a bold spirit in the otherwise doodling Digging for Fire, Amy Schumer’s responsible younger sister in Trainwreck), both fitting in and standing out. With Room, based on Emma Donoghue’s novel, Larson proves she can shoulder the hefty demand of lead billing (and now has an Oscar nomination—her first—for best actress as additional proof), not that there was any doubt. Her unbreakable portrayal of the mother held captive for years in a cramped cell with her young son has put Brie Larson in the center of the conversation, where she belongs and isn’t likely to budge from anytime soon.
Brie Larson’s 20-Year Climb to Overnight Stardom: I’m “Totally Out of My Comfort Zone”
The Oscar nominee is Hollywood’s fastest-rising actress since Jennifer Lawrence. Now, the intensely private star of ‘Room’ — whose breakout role drew interest from Emma Watson and Rooney Mara — is leaping from a $5 million budget movie to a $125 million one (‘Kong: Skull Island’).
The morning after picking up the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, Brie Larson rolls up to a Studio City eatery in a shiny black chauffeur-driven SUV. Nobody on the sidewalk outside the bustling diner appears particularly starstruck by the 26-year-old actress in ripped Levis and gray sweater — or even seems to recognize her. But Larson is in a playful mood. As she approaches her breakfast companion, she hikes her nubbly pink coat over her head and jokes — with faux drama-queen theatrics — “Please, no photos!” Actually, being swarmed by paparazzi outside a restaurant isn’t so far-fetched a scenario for the brand-new Oscar nominee, who these days is undergoing that sometimes-awkward transformation from struggling young actress (playing supporting roles in films like 21 Jump Street and Trainwreck) to Hollywood’s favorite new thing. Ever since her much buzzed-about performance in Room, the Lenny Abrahamson drama about a young mother and son held captive in a shed for seven years, the star has been caught up in an awards-season lovefest, spending the past eight weeks shuttling from junket interviews to film festivals to awards shows — like the Golden Globes, where she won best actress in a drama — to her real job, which, at the moment, is a grueling jungle shoot for Kong: Skull Island, her first lead in a tentpole (Universal and Legendary are spending north of $125 million on it). Although Room, a tiny $12 million indie distributed by newcomer A24 Films, hasn’t caught fire at the box office (it has grossed $5 million since its Oct. 16 release, about what Kong is spending on banana bills), Larson’s raw, stripped-down performance has struck a chord, making her Hollywood’s newest “It” girl.
“More and more, my life is going in a direction that is not universal; there’s only a very small group of people who understand,” says Larson, photographed Dec. 20 at Siren Orange Studio in Los Angeles.
Brie Larson in Room
“I have always wanted to act. When I was around 7 I started auditioning, and I recall going up for a fish-sticks commercial. By then, I was completely committed to the craft of acting and had memorized a full monologue. The director was only looking for cute kids and wasn’t interested in hearing my speech. I started sobbing. ‘They won’t let me act!’ I wailed to my mother.”