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 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 showactually features an awesome cast of now-more famous women including Larson, Kat Dennings, and Meagan Good.
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."
She was in one of your favorite rom-coms. Larson played one of the evil Six Chicks in 13 Going on 30, alongside Pretty Little Liars' Ashley Benson. She also played a mean girl in 2004's Sleepover.
She has almost played some major parts. Imagine Larson in Juno instead of Ellen Page or Olivia Thirlby, or in Thirteen instead of Evan Rachel Wood. In a New York magazine feature, Larson said she was up for all those roles.
She didn't stop rocking... Though Larson's pop career didn't pan out, she did rock out in 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, singing a Metric song.
She's been a superhero, sort of. If you didn't watch Larson on the third season United States of Tara, you missed her as Princess Valhalla Hawkwind, the alter ego of her character Kate Gregson. Even out of context, Princess Valhalla's music video is pretty spectacular.
She's been behind the camera. She co-wrote and co-directed the short film The Arm, which won the Special Jury Award for Comedic Storytelling at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Another short, Weighting, screened at SXSW in 2013. (She also starred in that one.) During her Reddit AMA in 2013, she wrote, "I can't see myself acting for much longer, at least not full time. I've started fading out of that and moving towards writing/directing."
She has taken multitasking to a whole new level. She once told Conan O'Brien that when she was a kid, she attempted to eat dinner in the shower thinking it would be a "great time-saver." It didn't go well.
She was one of the guys. Larson has some top-notch celebrity buddies. She shared a New York magazine cover with friend Shailene Woodley, and starred in Jenny Lewis' video for "Just One of the Guys" with Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway.