The youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Brie Larson has been performing nearly her entire life, as a singer, on TV (“United States of Tara”) and in film (“21 Jump Street”). But her revelatory performance as a wounded foster-care supervisor in “Short Term 12” represented a big step forward, attracting fresh attention and respect for the actress, who credits the dynamic on Destin Daniel Cretton’s production with buoying her.
(Brie Larson and several other thesps from this list will participate in a special “10 Actors to Watch” panel at the Hamptons Film Festival, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.)
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