A lot of people say that
Brie Larson became the busiest actor in Hollywood only after her breakout role in the 2015 film Room. But we'd say that Larson has been busy long before she won her Best Actress Oscar. Check her resume and you'll notice that not only has Larson been in show business since she was a child, but she's been working nonstop for almost two decades. This year, the 30-year-old landed the role of Carol Danvers in the first female-led superhero film for Marvel. And since that's no small feat — even in the wake of DC Comics' Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman released by Warner Bros. — we decided to take a trip down memory lane. Turns out, Larson has come a long way since the humble beginnings of her preteen career. We also learned that, once upon a time, Larson was signed to the same record label as Lindsay Lohan. In the midst of a steep climb to mainstream fame, Larson also experienced one impressive glow-up. From early '00s pigtail braids to award winning updos, Larson's beauty evolution is something no one should miss, whether you remember her as "Six Chick #3" in 30 Going On 30 or not.
You may think you
Larson from her interviews and relatable
, but nothing makes the actress more approachable than the fact that she, too, tried this piece-y bang trend in 2002.
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We have to admit that for an up-and-coming, 14-year-old actress, Larson’s blonde highlights in 2003 were so good, we’d copy them tomorrow.
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and a bandana accessory were perfectly on brand for t he Home on the Range premiere in 2004. Photo: SGranitz/WireImage. More
Remember two-toned hair? Larson does. In fact, she rocked the style in 2006. She certainly fit the image of an early noughties pop star, right?
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Not even Larson was immune to the appeal of extensions and side bangs in 2007.
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This romantic, textured updo is from 2010’s Outfest Legacy Awards, but it’s one of our top looks for the young star.
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In 2011, Larson arrived to the
ELLE Women in Television event with the kind of gritty waves only Courtney Love could create, or two whole bottles of Ouai Texture Spray. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images. More
Larson proves there’s never a wrong time to add an accessory. Sure, this undone look may have been experimental for the actress, but with the addition of matching lip and cheek tint, it feels grown-up and polished.
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This wasn’t the first time Larson appeared at a premiere without a stitch of makeup on (save for some tinted lip balm). More often than not, Larson ditches full-glam makeup altogether — this look from 2013 just happens to be one of our faves.
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Whenever the Met Gala rolls around, our eyes are normally peeled for two people: Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker. But maybe we should add Larson to that list next May. In 2014, she attended the
Charles James-themed ball
with a structured updo that paid homage to the sculptural and mathematical approach James often took with his designs.
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If you haven’t noticed already, Larson is never afraid to test out a new hair color trend. She rocked this rich brunette for part of 2015 — and it's giving us all the
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Larson swept awards season for her role in
Room in 2016. Although, we bet her princess updos and classic makeup choices would've been a hit with or without the gold statues. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage. More
Just a few months later, Larson went lighter than ever with this golden shade of blonde at the 2016 LACMA Art & Film Gala. The only thing better than the new dye job was Larson’s risk-taking smoky makeup and
blue waterline liner
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She wasn’t nominated for an Oscar in 2017, but she did show up to the red carpet to win the (unofficial) beauty award in that cherry-red lip and
‘80s wavy brush back
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By now, Larson is a red carpet pro and her teal
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Of course, Larson would reveal the teaser trailer for
at the National Air & Space Museum with the kind of volume that's out of this world.
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For the UK gala screening of
Captain Marvel in February 2019, Larson bleached her hair and swept it into a loose updo that basically says, "Prepare to see me kick some ass." Photo: Ian West/PA Images/Getty Images. More
Still rocking her lob, the actress got subtle waves for the premiere of
Avengers: Endgame, where she stunned in natural makeup and lavender gown. Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images. More
Larson was pretty in pink by the time she made it to the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of her movie
Just Mercy. If the rosy Giambattista Valli gown wasn't enough, makeup artist Nina Park matched the flushed hue on her lips and cheeks. Photo: George Pimentel/Getty Images. More
At a Toronto press call for
Just Mercy, Larson wasn't only sporting the perfect fall ensemble — a blazer and crisp collared shirt — but an autumnal beauty look featuring a loose updo and a rusted-orange blush. If you save anything for inspiration this season, make it this. PHoto: V E Anderson/WireImage. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Here's How Brie Larson Is Helping Women Filmmakers All The Ways <em>Captain Marvel </em>Influences <em>Endgame</em> <em>Captain Marvel </em>Is Getting Sabotaged By Trolls