Your eyes may be automatically drawn to the massive black monster that resembles a giant ape, but there is a much smaller star of the new movie Kong: Skull Island that is just as jaw-dropping, albeit for very different reasons. I am talking about actress Brie Larson, who plays the street-smart investigative journalist Mason Weaver in the film. You may recognize Brie from several of her prior films, including Room, 21 Jump Street, and Trainwreck, among others. Alternatively, she has spent plenty of time on the small screen, as well, in shows like Community, The League, and The United States of Tara.
The 27-year-old starlet obviously has made quite the name for herself, and as of March 10, she will add a huge blockbuster to her repertoire in Kong: Skull Island. It is the story of a secret organization called the Monarch that discovers a mysterious island near the end of the Vietnam War. Kong, the humongous ape-like creature, is determined by the Monarch to be a new species, and he is in the midst of a battle over the island with the apex predators (also known as the Skull Crawlers), who wiped out his kind. Brie Larson's Mason Weaver is one member of the team fighting for their survival. She is an anti-war photojournalist who forms a loving relationship with Kong.
Also starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, and many more, Kong: Skull Island is a much-anticipated re-boot of the King Kong franchise. But to take a moment and focus on the beautiful woman at the center of the movie, Brie Larson, here are 15 stunning photos that prove she is the one we should be looking at in Kong: Skull Island.
15 Pretty in Pink
Although her character of Mason Weaver in Kong: Skull Island must be tough in her situation, in this photo, Brie Larson looks quite the opposite. The picture of femininity, she poses on a divan in pink, and could not look further from the woman she plays in the movie. But this movie is not the first in which she has played a tough female. There have been a few, and in fact, two more will be coming out in the next few years, as she will be playing Captain Marvel in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, and 2019's Captain Marvel. Additionally, Brie has the films Unicorn Store, The Glass Castle, and Basmati Blues all coming out this year. She has been one busy lady!
14 Sexy Lady
It is hard to believe that this is the same woman who looked so dowdy and depressed in the critically-acclaimed 2015 movie Room, for which she won an Academy Award. To prepare for that movie, which is the story of a young boy who is raised by his mother in a shed where they are trapped, she stayed at home for a month and went on a strict diet to gain an understanding of what her character, the mother, and the little boy were going through. And for Kong: Skull Island, Brie was just as dedicated. As you can imagine, a movie like this that requires such special effects is quite an undertaking, and it was filmed across three continents over a period of half a year. It took considerable effort on the parts of everyone involved, including the actors who had to travel far and wide, even to places that no person had ever filmed at before.
13 Brie in Black and White
Black and white is actually fitting for Brie Larson, as she has always fallen somewhere in the middle of that. In this photo, she clearly wears the black against a stark white wall, but in her real life she felt, at least while growing up, that she did not fit into one particular category. As she puts it, "I wasn't interested in going to the school dances. I wasn't interested in going to the football games. What I wanted was to be in my room painting my walls and doing weird stuff. That's what I wanted and I got to do what I wanted, so that, to me, is my high school experience." She was homeschooled, hates the fact that chewing gum in school is prohibited because the act of chewing gum "turns her brain on", and never really felt like she fit in, hence the gray area between the black and the white.
12 Boudoir Babe
She may look sultry in this photo, but in reality Brie Larson is a self-described tomboy. She says, "I feel like I'm a tomboy all the time. I'm amazed that I've pulled off that I'm well-groomed and polite. I really enjoy the grittiness of life." The Vanity Fair covergirl loves Super Mario Brothers video games, loves to sing karaoke (especially Usher's "Burn"), and her first job was performing sketches on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. All of that being said, she certainly does clean up well. Brie said in one interview that she appreciates the dichotomy in life, where she can be all dolled up for the Golden Globe Awards, and the very next day be rolling around in the dirt filming a scene. It is in between all of that, I imagine, that photos such as this are taken.
11 Striking a Pose
This sassy snapshot was taken at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival screening of The Beautiful Ordinary (Remember the Daze). Brie would have been only 18 years old at that point, but even now, 10 years later, she looks about the same. Showing off her slender body, long golden locks, and sassy face, she wowed in a tight, eggplant-colored dress. One decade later, the Kong: Skull Island actress admits that she has only ever seen one King Kong movie, the one with Hugh Jackman, 2005's King Kong. Other than that, her only memories of the franchise that would one day see her in a starring role is that there was a poster of one of the films in her living room, and she grew up seeing it every day.
10 The Voice of Reason
In Kong: Skull Island, Brie Larson's character, Mason Weaver, is the group's voice of reason. She says that being that person "... is pretty incredible. There's really just two representations of females in this movie, and I get to be one of those two, and [Tian Jing] gets to take the feminine approach... You have Weaver, who doesn't feel like Kong existing diminishes anything inside of her, and that you can let this thing live, let this whole ecosystem live, and that's beautiful. We need to respect it." She may not be the more feminine of the two female characters in Kong, but she obviously still has a nurturing and protective instinct. But Mason also happens to be right; her opinion is reasonable, and she must stand up to her fellow team of men and stand up for Kong.
9 Give Me a B-R-I-E!
Cheerleading Brie Larson is one fine image, is it not? She played cheerleader Suzy Decker in the 2011 comedy Housebroken, which starred Danny DeVito and Katey Sagal. And the look is not a bad one on her. Brie has also been photographed wearing various cheerleading fashions in her youth not on set, as it was apparently one of her go-to looks back then. She may have a great body, but unfortunately critics placed on her lists of awkwardly dressed celebs, and wardrobe fails. Luckily, in this photo for this movie, she looked just fine, albeit older than a cheerleader would look. In addition to acting, Brie is also a professional singer, and pursued other careers when acting got too hard, careers like photography, interior design, and animal training. It is a good thing she stuck it out with acting though, because it seems as if it is going to pay off in the end.
8 Brie in a Bra
Brie Larson looks pretty good in lingerie. The pretty blonde looks great wearing both intimate wear, and while filming intimate moments. I do not mean intimate moments of the sexual kind, but rather how beautiful she looks in what is arguably the most intimate moment of Kong: Skull Island, when she is standing on a cliff and she reaches out to touch Kong's face, which is bigger than her entire body. It has been called a Beauty and the Beast moment, in its own way. Brie's character, Mason, is willing to risk her life based on her connection with Kong, who everyone else sees as a monster. Brie says of that momentous moment on the cliff, "The metaphor for me is this unspoken connection that we can have and what are we willing to fight for? What are we willing to risk our life for that is beyond ourselves?"
7 Jungle Girl
Filming Kong: Skull Island was no small feat, in any way. The actors and actresses who were used to filming in a certain way had to leave all of their expectations behind when they traveled to Hawaii, Australia, and Vietnam to shoot. In the film, Brie and Tom Hiddleston, who plays Captain James Conrad, have many moments together. Obviously, the entire cast had to get pretty cozy with one another filming in such a setting so far away from home, and sometimes, from civilization altogether. Brie says of this time with Tom and the others: "We were around each other all the time. Generally on a film, you get ready in the trailer and then you go to set and then if you have 20 minutes or something while they're setting up the camera, you go back to your trailer. On this, we were so deep in the jungle, you couldn't go back. We had a tent and I don't know how many there were of us... no phone service, everybody was together."
6 A Life-Changing Role
Kong: Skull Island truly is a movie with a star-studded cast. Some of these cast members are Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, and Toby Kebbell. Brie was asked in one interview what it was like to work with such big names. Mentioning that they began filming Kong way back before 2015's Room had even come out, Brie said her life was a lot different before and after, and that her co-stars were very helpful in that respect. She said, "My life completely changed through the course of making this movie... but I had people like Goodman and I had Sam that were able to talk me through it and give me wisdom." Let's not forget that at 27 years old, Brie was one of the youngest cast members, as well as one of the only women.
5 Practice Run
In a way, to Brie Larson, her role as Mason Weaver was a sort of preparation of things to come. In the next few years, she will play Captain Marvel in two separate movies due out in 2018 and 2019. Both Kong: Skull Island and the Captain Marvel movies are major action blockbusters, so according to Brie, it was nice to have a little practice for what is to come. She says of this: "Certain things are just so different when it comes to these bigger movies. In particular, working with things that aren't there, like working with a green screen... I am so used to working with tangible things." It was difficult and new, but worth it, as the chance to be a part of such an iconic film could not be passed up. She says it enriched her life both on and off set.
4 Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel will be the first Marvel Studios movie to star a female superhero, and Kong star Brie Larson is that superhero! Obviously, she rocks the outfit, no problem. Filming will begin in 2018 for the movie that is all about a superhero who is not as well known as Spider-Man, Batman, or many of the others. Although many different writers have played around with Captain Marvel over the years, as they do with all long-running superheroes, the one in the movie has the real name of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel. With Brie being so excited to play a tough chick in Kong (she says of Mason Weaver, "She's bold! She's brave! She's risking her life!"), you can bet she will bring the same energy into her next few action movies, Avengers: Infinity War, and Captain Marvel.
3 Call Me Captain Marvel!
Brie looks pretty good as a red-head, and in this photo her sassiness comes out once again, a true ginger. This was taken during the Marvel Panel at the San Diego Comic Con, and Brie tweeted this photo of her wearing a Marvel Studios hat with the caption, "Call me Captain Marvel!" Marvel studio head Kevin Feige said of their choice to cast Brie in the leading role, "Carol Danvers needs to be as rich and textured and real as the best of our characters. Maybe even more so. And we got very lucky that Brie- who has all of those attributes, and an Academy Award now- was still very interested in signing up and joining us to bring this character to life." According to everyone who has anything to do with the production of Captain Marvel, Brie had to meet a high bar for the role, and she surpassed it with flying colors.
2 Brie in Bed
She looks so very different in each of her photos, doesn't she? But there is one consistency: in each of them, she looks gorgeous. The outfit, the hair, the makeup, and the setting may change, but Brie Larson always wows. She may be the center of many photos, but she actually used to love photography in high school, and being the one behind the camera. Since Mason Weaver is a photographer, Brie picked it back up to become more familiar with her character. She says, "With every movie or every character you play, it kind of like reminds you of a piece of yourself that you've forgotten and so that was a skill that I hadn't really played with yet for many years. So I started taking photos on set kind of because we were in beautiful locations with beautiful people that are really interesting to take photos of, and also because it would bring me closer to her and how she would be, and how she's viewing the world."
1 Mason Weaver
And I leave you with this final hot photo of the lovely Brie Larson. This film still from Kong: Skull Island illustrates many things perfectly. First, there is the obvious: her amazing body under the tight shirt and high-waisted pants. Second, the inherent bravery and willingness to do what is right, a characteristic of Mason Weaver, but in some ways, it can be surmised, of the woman who brings her to life, as well, Brie Larson. Just look at the determination on her face. She looks beautiful even all dirtied up and firing a flare gun. Brie says of herself, "I'm not really like the face of damsel in distress. I'm kind of stronger than that I hope. So when they were interested in creating a character that was much more dynamic than that, that's part of what interested me."
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