Brie Larson’s career was on a steady incline around the release of “Captain Marvel,” with the actress reprising her role in 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame.” However, everything came to a halt in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced Hollywood into shutdown. It ended up giving Larson a necessary break from acting. Having turned 30 years old and noticing she was being offered lots of roles reminiscent of “Room,” she told Harpers Bazaar in 2023, “I had all the same normal fears as everybody else about being single and being 30.”
Larson didn’t spend the pandemic in hiding, however, and chose instead to remain closely connected to her online fanbase. This resulted in her starting her own YouTube channel, where she posted workout vlogs, Q&As, and even tours of her island in perhaps the best quarantine video game, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.” In 2021, Larson also started her own podcast with Jessie Ennis, “Learning Lots,” which featured guests such as former co-stars like Birbiglia, Tremblay, Gillian Jacobs of “Community,” and Melissa McCarthy.
The pandemic even led to her own fans discovering Larson’s musical past after the actress began posting guitar covers on her social media pages, including “the 1” by Taylor Swift and even her own former The Clash at Demonhead cut “Black Sheep.” In a time when Hollywood was stuck in limbo, Larson remained ever so relevant online, before finally making her big-screen return in 2023.