Brie Larson is a name that awards show viewers will be getting to know very well now that she's an Oscar nominee in the best actress category for her role in “Room.” In the drama, she plays a kidnapped woman who raises her child (Jacob Tremblay) to believe the room they’re being held in is the whole world — until she finds a way for her son to escape. The movie is beloved by critics, and with all the recognition from awards shows, people will be seeing Larson quite often. This is what you should know about the 26-year-old actress:
1. She sings. Before she was in critically acclaimed movies, Larson released a pop album. “Finally Out of P.E.” came out in 2005 when Larson was 15. It didn’t really take off. However, her vocal talents came in handy for the movie “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”
2. A long résumé. “Room” might be her first Oscar-nominated role, but Larson has been working under the radar in Hollywood for years. She started in the late '90s with appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “Touched by an Angel.” She was a regular of Bob Saget’s short-lived sitcom “Raising Dad” and Toni Collette’s critically acclaimed dramedy “United States of Tara.” She also has had memorable roles on the big screen in “21 Jump Street,” “Short Term 12,” “Trainwreck” and more.
3. Beyond acting. Larson also has talent behind the camera. She wrote and directed the short films “The Arm” and “Weighting.”
4. Stage name. Brie Larson isn’t the name on the actress’ birth certificate. She was born Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers.
5. Famous BFF. “Divergent” star Shailene Woodley is among Larson’s circle of friends. They met on the set of 2013’s “The Spectacular Now” and have been close ever since. “We spend a lot of time trying to be something else, some other illusion, some other idea of what a woman is,” Larson told GQ in 2014. “Shai saw me as a beautiful complete person before I was ready to identify that within myself. I felt I needed to come into my own. But instead, I was there all along.”
6. Relationship. Larson has been dating Phantom Planet guitarist Alex Greenwald for at least a year and a half, possibly longer, and thanked him in her Golden Globes acceptance speech. “Thank you to my friends, my family who supported me ... and thank you Alex, my love,” she said.
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7. Privacy. Larson’s Oscar nomination isn’t shocking. “Room” has been getting awards buzz for months, and after her best actress win at the Golden Globes, the nod was almost a sure thing. Still, the California native didn’t want to invite over friends or make a big deal about Thursday's nomination announcement. “I watched it alone on my computer,” Larson told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s just such a public thing that I’ve never gone through before. I’m a fairly private person, so I wanted it to be just me, by myself.”
Larson should enjoy the privacy while she can. Come Oscar night, all eyes will be on her. The 88th annual Academy Awards air Feb. 28 at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC.