There’s a lot you may not know about Brie Larson. To start, she might be the hardest working actress in Hollywood right now, and often considered one of the most underrated. At age six, she was the youngest student ever to study drama at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Now at only 26, Larson’s been acting professionally for two-thirds of her life with a range of films under her belt that run the gamut. She has steadily built momentum over the last several years in supporting roles either in television or film (you may have seen her on The League or Kroll Show; you definitely saw her in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and on Community), but has generally gone unrecognized by audiences at large. Larson’s 2013 lead performance as Grace in the critically acclaimed Short Term 12 earned her several break out artist awards and countless critics’ association nominations, but ultimately not much came of it outside of reaching a few more radars. All of that is about to change. Larson stars in the feature film Room about a mother and young son, victims of kidnapping, held captive for years in a single room. The complex role promises to send her into public consciousness with the kind of clout she has worked her whole life to earn. For Room Larson has already won best actress from the National Board of Review and is among the nominees for the BAFTA Rising Star award. "I've never experienced anything like 2015,” Larson said after receiving the NBR honor. It’s easy to become enchanted by young stars who seemingly find success at light speed without any real body of work, but there’s also something to be said for the ones who have earned their right to be in the room, and to take home the prize. We’re keeping our eyes out for Larson and her next big projects in 2016.