Kid actress, indie darling, Oscar-winner, director, activist and now a superhero, Brie Larson has already had quite the range of jobs in the entertainment industry and she’s doesn’t even turn 30 until later this year. Being a multi-hyphenate isn’t unusual, but Larson has added a lot of strings to her bow, including a brief stint as a pop star.
Music and acting often go hand-in-hand, with a number of big name stars weaving their way between the two. In the mid-'00s Disney unleashed a number of projects that utilized teens who could both sing and act — or at least do a very good job at one and a serviceable job at the other — with Hannah Montana, High School Musical and Camp Rock. While Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Zac Efron, and Demi Lovato became household names, Larson tried out the pop career move with less success. Instead of a TV show or movie with a music component, Larson instead released a bubblegum-pop-rock album that was more Avril Lavigne in tone.
In music, as with other creative industries, timing can be just as important as talent. There are often many artists with a similar sound and look striving for success; for every best-selling album, there are another 20 languishing into obscurity. Both Allen and Nash had relatable lyrics about both the mundane and the personal, which helped carve out a particular authentic niche for them in a crowded market. They stood out because their music didn't sound like a combination or rehash of other pop stars at the time.
She also nailed the aesthetic for this particular era; when waistbands went as low as they could possibly go without being obscene, hemlines were short, and outfits were a weird mix of smart and casual attire. The latter often looked like you had grabbed whatever was closest or cleanest. This was the time of heavy bangs, heavier eyeliner and the going out top.
A glimpse at an alternate timeline in which Larson is in an all-woman band with Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway became a reality when Jenny Lewis released the video for “Just One of the Guys.” Appearing alongside Lewis, they wear all-white suits, as well as fake facial hair, baseball caps, and Adidas tracksuits. It is funny, charming and high on the steeze levels. Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video wishes it could be this fun.
Speaking of throwbacks, the ‘90s is taking center stage in Captain Marvel with Carol Danvers sporting a Nine Inch Nails T-Shirt. This is a more than acceptable style choice both in that decade and this one. Will Carol get her karaoke on? If she does, Brie Larson is well-equipped to sing the part.