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15 Things You Didn't Know About Brie Larson

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    Starting October 16, you can go see the new film Room and be completely shattered by the lead performance from Brie Larson.

    Larson plays Ma, a young woman who was kidnapped as a teenager and forced to live in a garden shed with the son she gave birth to while in captivity. Despite unwanted visits from her captor (her son's biological father), she creates a happy existence for her child, forever fighting back her own pain. Larson is marvelously good, and it already seems likely that she'll (at the very least) be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. And she's already reportedly taking over for Jennifer Lawrence in an onscreen adaptation of the memoir The Glass Castle.

    But Larson has been impressive for a long time now, to the extent that we're convinced she can do pretty much anything.

    We're just saying, if you're not already obsessed with Larson, you should be. Here, some facts that you might not have known about her.





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    She took major inspiration from an American Girl.
    Did you love your American Girl doll? Maybe not as much as Larson — birth name: Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers — loved hers. She told Jimmy Fallon that she adopted the last name Larson because of pioneer girl Kirsten Larson. She wanted the doll to be part of her family.

    For what it's worth, she told Glamour in 2014 that Larson is a "family name from my great-grandmother."

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    She starred on a WB sitcom.
    Larson plays one of Bob Saget's daughters in the short-lived sitcom Raising Dad, which began airing in 2001. The show actually features an awesome cast of now-more famous women including Larson, Kat Dennings, and Meagan Good.

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    She was a pop star in the making.
    Had she taken a different path, Larson might be headed for the Grammys rather than the Oscars. She released a pop album in 2005 called Finally Out of P.E. The video for the song "She Said" features a Napoleon Dynamite reference. 2005! Whatta time!

    According to a recent Variety profile, Larson very much fell into the music industry after recording the song "Invisible Girl." She said: "I had no aspirations for that, but within seconds, I had a record deal. Tommy Mottola signed me, and I was being flown all over the U.S. to write songs for my album."