Brie Larson is set to host “Saturday Night Live.” NBC revealed that she would take on hosting duties during the May 7 episode, which might surprise some viewers. The actress received much acclaim for her recent Academy Award-winning role in “Room,” a serious drama about a girl who was kidnapped and held hostage for years. However, Larson hasn’t always been making audiences cry. She actually has plenty of comedic experience. These are just a few of the funny roles she has been portrayed:
“Trainwreck” (2015) — Larson played Amy Schumer’s sister in this romantic comedy, which follows a woman (Schumer) who suddenly falls for a man (Bill Hader) that she actually wants to settle down with. While Larson wasn’t the one cracking all the jokes, keeping a straight face around Schumer is both an accomplishment and great training for “SNL.”
“21 Jump Street” (2011) — Larson was a supporting player again in this hit movie, but she was still a memorable part of it. In the film, about two police officers (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) going undercover at a high school, Larson’s character is the girlfriend of a drug dealer (Dave Franco). By the end of the movie, she falls for one of the undercover cops.
“United States of Tara” (2009-2011) — For four seasons, Larson played the rebellious daughter on this Showtime dramedy about a mother (Toni Colette) with multiple personalities. Larson’s character, Kate, worked several jobs after deciding not to go to college, but her position as Princess Valhalla was one of the funniest. She’d dress up as a warrior princess and do whatever guys on the internet asked in exchange for money. Larson clearly has no problem looking ridiculous for a laugh.
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (2010) — As Scott Pilgrim’s (Michael Cera) ex-girlfriend Envy, Larson not only had to have comedic timing but also musical talent. She played a musician in the comic book flick, which follows the titular character as he deals with his new love’s exes.
The 26-year-old sounds eager to get back to doing comedy. Larson said she was “way too excited about this to play it cool,” on Twitter after the “SNL” announcement was made.
Watch Larson’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” with musical guest Alicia Keys, Saturday, May 7 at 11:30 p.m. EDT on NBC.