Brie Larson took a page from her pop star roots during a recent appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show. The Captain Marvel star turned up on the U.K. talk show with co-star Samuel L. Jackson where they delivered a mini performance of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s headline-making A Star is Born duet, “Shallow,” E! News reports. But Larson and Jackson were more silly than serious, as they cracked up after delivering a few lines from the Oscar-winning song.
Gaga and Cooper made headlines for their intense performance of “Shallow” at the 2019 Academy Awards. The duo’s performance of the song further fueled romance rumors about the movie co-stars after fans noted the “look of love” between them as they stared intently at one another across a piano.
For Larson, whose Captain Marvel film drops next weekend, the duet was a chance to remind fans that she previously had a career as a teen pop star back in the early 2000s. In 2005, she released the hit song “She Said,” performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and even went on tour with then-teen idol Jesse McCartney as part of Teen People’s Rock in Shop Tour.
According to Vulture, Larson’s album, Finally out of P.E., only sold 3,500 copies, and she pretty much abandoned her pop star dreams after that, save the occasional movie song, like in the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in which she performed Metric’s “Black Sheep.”
As for Larson’s not-so-sizzling “Shallow” performance with Jackson, which you can see below, the stars probably won’t have to worry about fans starting rumors that they are having a secret romance. The Captain Marvel co-stars didn’t try to fake out the audience with a romantic rendition of the song, unlike Gaga and Cooper, who acted the part when they performed at the Oscars.
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In an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the newly single Gaga addressed rumors about a romance with her A Star is Born co-star, who brought his longtime girlfriend, Irina Shayk, with him to the Oscars. Gaga explained that “Shallow” is a love song and that people felt “love” because that’s what she and Cooper wanted them to see.
“We worked so hard. We worked all week on that performance,” Gaga said. “From a performance perspective, it was so important to both of us that we were connected the entire time… I’m an artist, and I guess we did a good job. Fooled ya!”
You can see Larson and Jackson’s parody of “Shallow” below.