For 15-year-old Brie Larson, the most exciting thing about scoring a record deal was getting out of gym class.
"When I found out I got a record deal, I knew I was going to be home-schooled," she said. "And I was like, 'Yes! I am finally out of P.E.!' "
Larson's enthusiasm about never again being forced to partake in half-hour games of softball or climb ropes while timed by a stopwatch led her to title her forthcoming debut album, slated for a March release, Finally Out of P.E.
The album, with its mix of pop, rock and dance tracks, and her career path, from film and television actor to singer, naturally invites comparisons to other young crossover artists like Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan. But Larson says even though you might feel loyal to one of those artists, she has a new sound worth checking out.
"I know that people who like Hilary are going to like Hilary. People who like Lindsay are going to like Lindsay. People who like Ashlee are going to like Ashlee, and that's just the way it's going to be. I am not trying to change anyone's opinion. I'm just trying to say, you know, have an open mind."
Furthermore, Larson insists, unlike the younger Simpson sister, no matter what happens she is never, ever, going to use taped backing vocals during performances.
"I am coming out live," she said. "I think that the most important thing for me, after that whole fiasco, is that everyone is going to be looking at me with the little microphone thinking like, 'OK, is she really doing that?' And yes, I am. I sing live. I play. That's the way it is. You are never going to see me play with a track. It's just not the way it's going to go."
Larson has steered the direction of her career since she was just a young child. At age 7, she remembers seeing California's musical theater series "The Music Circus" and knowing at that moment that she wanted to be an actress. After enrolling in an acting class and moving to Los Angeles, Larson started down her path toward stardom with an appearance on "The Tonight Show."
"I did this skit where I was 'Malibu Mudslide Barbie,' " Larson recalled. "They dumped this huge tank of mud [over me] so it looked like a mudslide. ... My career just took off after that."
A starring role in the WB's "Raising Dad" with Bob Saget, and parts in films including the Disney Channel original "Right on Track" and the MGM feature "Sleepover," followed, but at age 12, Larson hit a fork in the road in the form of a fancy guitar.
"I went into this music store, and I saw this guitar. And I remember standing there, and I thought it was just the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life," she said. "And I was like, 'Mom, I need to have that guitar.' "
Larson learned to play her axe on the set of "Raising Dad," and, when the manager of a musical guest who appeared on the show offered to help with her musical aspirations, Larson decided to turn her focus to pop music, a move that eventually led her to a deal with Casablanca Records and a belated meeting with Tommy Mottola.
"I was signed, and Tommy had never seen me before," said Larson. "I was in New York, finishing up the album, and I had spent pretty much all day getting ready, 'cause it was the first time Tommy had seen me and I wanted to look really good, look like a star. ... All of a sudden, there is this flash flood. ... I run into the meeting, dripping with water and I'm like, 'Don't go out there without an umbrella!' And it really was an eye-opener for me because I was like, 'OK, I need to stop obsessing about every little thing.' It's not always about the way you look, it's about, you know, your heart."
Having worked on her debut for the last two years, Larson feels that Finally Out of P.E. is a window into her life.
The first single, "She Said," is a track particularly close to Larson, an empowering anthem that Larson said acted as her soundtrack for the entire recording process.
"It's scary coming out into the world and being like, 'Hello, world. My name is Brie and I write music.' "
The song's lyrics represented for Larson both the insecurity she felt in embarking on a new career path and the desire to take a chance: "It's a long way down/ But you can't walk the wire for anybody else/ I might hit the ground/ But at least I'll have a story to tell."
"It's scary," she said. "There's a 50-50 chance that you might fail. And it's like 'Oh God,' you know, 'I don't want to be seen as a failure.' But if you never try, then you are never going to know. And I don't think I could go the rest of my life knowing what I could have done."
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Post by Brie-Larson-Fan on Oct 8, 2006 13:28:17 GMT
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why we like her? Brie Larson has a sugary voice and represents that all-American type of teenage girl. We've watched her grow up before our eyes on television and in movies, and now she's coming at us with a singing career.
why is she famous? Brie finds herself in a crowded pool of teen talent, but with the 2005 release of her debut album and her first starring role in a 2006 movie, she's moving up the ladder of success. Right now she's just trying to prove that she's not a clone of the more established girls in the business, but it's a struggle. She boasts a double-market value as a singer and actress, so that should help her keep her head above water.
overall rating - 68 With only a few movie and television credits under her belt, Brie Larson is working hard but has yet to be fully discovered. When we say she's working hard, we mean she's trying her hand at singing, television and movies. All three areas are great for exposure, but she might want to focus on the one field in which she's strongest.
It's uncertain where her career will take her, but her starring role in Hoot just might be the boost her small-time fame needs. Brie Larson definitely has talent and we can't wait to see how she manages to become a major player as she matures.
personality & talent - 70 Brie Larson has a bubbly personality and an honest outlook on life. From the interviews she has given about her career and the people she is closest to, we get a feeling that this girl has a good head on her shoulders. She cares about the messages she conveys in her music and wants fans to appreciate the meaning behind the songs, not just listen to the pop beats and ignore the words.
Brie has a few years to go before she'll be accepted as a serious talent. First, she has to battle reigning female actresses/singers like Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff. If she can surpass that step, she'll have to fight her way through more pop star knockoffs to prove she has unique talent in singing and acting. And when she breaks that barrier, she'll be home free.
sexiness - 0 We'll revisit this category when Brie Larson turns 18.
accomplishments & fame - 61 Brie Larson first came to our attention thanks to bit parts and guest appearances on television series such as Popular in 1999, and the made-for-television movie Right on Track in 2003. Her move into film has been a slow one without much acclaim, but it's still early.
In October 2005, Brie released her first musical effort, Finally Out Of P.E., and she's enjoying the wave of that initial success. In 2006, she can be seen in her first starring role in the feature-film family comedy, Hoot.
natural beauty - 67 Brie Larson has the kind of smile that can light up a room and her hair just happens to match that sunshine sparkle (yes, we just said that -- we're feeling extra cheesy today). It seems like she's still going through some awkward teenage moments, however, because we continually see her covering her natural features with bright, blinding makeup and nail polish.
Still, she has that Southern California "fun in the sun" look about her, almost like a young surfer girl mixed in with a little punk. It takes a while for a girl of Brie's age to get accustomed to a sophisticated sense of natural beauty, but she has time to undertake that education.
personal style - 62 Some people have an identifiable style, but those people are usually not teenagers. Brie Larson's fashion sense is all over the place and she has yet to find a good way to put it all together. At the 2005 film premiere for Yours, Mine and Ours, Brie was caught wearing a beige vest over a purple print T-shirt with a red belt, a red bag, jeans, and heels -- not to mention her neon bracelets and earrings. Sometimes, less is more.
At the 2005 ELLEgirl 1st Annual Hollywood Prom, however, Brie was "vintage chic" in blue chiffon, her hair pulled back and cascading over her shoulders, and just the right amount of accessories. Everything about Brie's look was picturesque -- minus the shoes. Brie is a teenager and she's having fun, but her fashion sense is far from developed.
quote "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. "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
biography Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers was born on October 1, 1989, in Sacramento, California. She grew up in Sacramento with her younger sister, Milaine. In 1996, at the young age of 7, Brie began her career as a professional actress; she studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre as one of its youngest pupils.
brie larson on the tonight show After moving to Los Angeles, Brie was on the lookout for acting jobs. In 1998, she received her first role as a recurring comedic actress for skits on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 1999, Brie continued filling up her resume by making guest appearances on shows like Touched by an Angel and Popular.
brie larson in sleepover In 1999, Brie accepted the role of a "Little Angel" in the film Special Delivery, starring Nell Carter and Penny Marshall. In 2001, she returned to television as Emily Stewart on Raising Dad. On the set, Brie learned how to play guitar. The series starred Bob Saget but ended after a short run of 22 episodes.
In 2004, Brie went on to take a small part in 13 Going On 30, starring Jennifer Garner, but it was her role in the 2004 teen flick Sleepover that brought her recognition. The film failed to recoup its budget in the theaters, but Brie was given exposure thanks to its run on the big screen.
brie larson releases her debut album Brie decided to push toward a career in music, in addition to her acting jobs. She was fueled by a personal connection to musical theater, her own collection of vinyl records and the many rock concerts she attended.
On October 18, 2005, Brie released her debut album Finally Out of P.E. (referring to physical education) at the age of 16. The pop album features 13 tracks based on her personal experiences. 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 on her own album).
Brie lists Carole King, Edie Brickell, the White Stripes, and Modest Mouse among her musical influences, and she joined Jesse McCartney on his 2005 tour.
brie larson in hoot In 2006, Brie will appear in Hoot, her first starring role in a film. The movie is adapted from the Carl Hiaasen Newbery-winning book of the same name and also stars Luke Wilson as Officer Delinko.
Post by Brie-Larson-Fan on Oct 8, 2006 12:59:02 GMT
Birth name Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers
Height 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Mini biography Brie Larson was born in Sacramento, California. She caught the acting bug when she was 7 years-old after seeing the Sound of Music performed at the acclaimed Music Circus. She began her studies as one of the youngest students of the American Conservatory Theater. Soon she headed to Los Angeles and started working as a regular comedic actress for the Tonight Show. Shortly thereafter, she was cast in the ill-fated "Schimmel". Her next series was "Raising Dad" (2001) for WB Television. After taking time off to write and record her first CD, Brie was cast as Kelly Ripa's side kick in the pilot for the ABC sitcom, Hope & Faith.
Trivia Has a younger sister named Milaine. Not only is she a great actress, she is also a talented singer. Sang "coming around" in her movie Hoot. Read the book Hoot before she had read the screenplay. Good friends with Cody Linley and Logan Lerman.
Post by Brie-Larson-Fan on Oct 8, 2006 12:56:41 GMT
Brie Larson (born Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers on October 1, 1989) is an American actress and pop/rock singer.
Larson was born in Sacramento, California, and decided to be an actress when she was six years old and was one of the youngest students of the American Conservatory Theater. She moved to Los Angeles in 1998, right before her 9th birthday and met lots of agents, but decided to go with Cindy Osbrink, who she has been with for six years. Larson's first job was doing sketches on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and soon after, was cast in two back-to-back television series, Schimmel which was announced but never aired, because right before filming, Robert Schimmel was diagnosed with cancer. After being "on hold" for ten months, Fox cancelled the show.
Three weeks later she auditioned for a new show on the WB, which at the time was called "In Your Dreams", Larson got the part of Emily (the youngest daughter to Bob Saget's character) and the show was picked up for the 2001-2002 fall season and was renamed "Raising Dad". The show, however, was cancelled late into the season, so she was not able to audition for a new series until next pilot season. Larson was also cast in the pilot for the ABC sitcom, "Hope and Faith", but she and some of the other cast were dropped.
In July 2004, she co-starred with a large cast of teen actors in the film Sleepover, playing the vicious popular girl Liz. Larson's latest role is in the film Hoot, opposite Logan Lerman and Cody Linley. The film opened on May 5, 2006.
After work in music projects and record some tracks, like "Not A Freak" and "Go, Goodbye" in the fall 2003, Michael Binikos produced her demo that got Larson signed to Tommy Mottola and Casablanca Records, including "Invisible Girl", which Larson had written when she was only 12.
In late 2004, her first single, "She Said", was announced and went to radio in January 2005. The video for the song was filmed on January 9, 2005 and was featured on MTV's Total Request Live as a PreRL on April 4th. The song debuted at #71 on Billboard's Hot 100 Single Sale in February 4, 2005 and at #30 on Radio Disney in March.
In the summer of 2005, Larson toured with Hollywood recording artist Jesse McCartney, and made a concert at KISS FM for more than 20,000 people. Towards the end of the summer, Larson also joined the Teen People's Rock'n'Shop Tour. She later released a DVD, called "Finally Out Of P.E. - The DVD" and "Whatever" was announced to be her intended second single, but was canceled.
Larson released a follow-up single, "Life After You". The song debuted on AOL's Kids Online on June 27th. She also sings the end credit track in the movie "Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus". A music video featuring Larson performing the song appears as a bonus feature on the movie's DVD. Her debut LP, "Finally Out Of P.E.", was released on October 18th, which has sold 5,500 copies in United States.
In 2006, Larson wrote and produced new music, including a song in "Hoot" OST, "Coming Around". Her sophomore studio album is released by Universal Records at some point in the fall 2006. There are also some unconfirmed tracks called "Paste on Paste", "Superstision", "Dear Universe" and an Indigo Girls cover of their song, "Closer To Fine".
Brie Larson -- singer, actress. She was born on October 1, 1989 in Sacramento, California. She caught the acting bug when she was 7 years-old after seeing the Sound of Music performed at the infamous Music Circus. She began her studies as one of the youngest students of the American Conservatory Theater. Soon she headed to Los Angeles and started working as a regular comedic actress for the Tonight Show. Shortly thereafter, she was cast in the ill-fated "Schimmel". Her next series was "Raising Dad" (2001) for WB Television. After taking time off to write and record her first CD, Brie was cast as Kelly Ripa's side kick in the pilot for the ABC sitcom, Hope & Faith.