Brie Larson preps for Jimmy Kimmel Live guest hosting gig like a pro

Brie Larson (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Brie Larson (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney) /

Brie Larson stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to study what it takes to be a late night host.

Every actor and actress has his or her method for getting into character. For Brie Larson, that includes careful observation and mimicking. At least that’s the approach the Oscar winner is taking ahead of her turn as guest host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

It is a busy time of year in late night especially as hosts take on more and more projects outside of television. For example, James Corden has been filming his role in The Prom, meaning that The Late Late Show has been lead by a series of guest hosts including Alicia Keys, Harry Styles, and Chance the Rapper.

And now Jimmy Kimmel is jumping back into the role of producer. ABC’s late night host already relaunched Crank Yankers on Comedy Central and now he’s returning to a passion project that first debuted in May.

Kimmel is producing another live performance of the classic sitcoms All in the Family and Good Times. The special that aired in May earned Kimmel and producer Norman Lear an Emmy and with the cast assembled for the encore, it could be another win.

Stars like Woody Harrelson, Viola Davis, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Eisenberg, and Tiffany Haddish will appear when the special airs on Thursday Dec. 18. That means Kimmel will be away from his normal job as a late night host. And that’s where Brie Larson comes in to save the day. It’s clear that Larson is taking the job very, very seriously.

It is hard for Kimmel or anyone else to question Brie Larson’s method. She has a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Room and her work for Captain Marvel proved that she is willing to go to extreme lengths to train and prepare for a character. Being a late night television host for one night is probably slightly less intense of a transformation than becoming an Avenger, but Larson is dedicated nonetheless.

The Larson-hosted edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live! will feature Jamie Foxx, who co-stars with Larson in the upcoming film Just Mercy. Having worked together in the past should make things a little easier for Larson when it comes to the interview portion of the show. Also joining them will be Bryan Stevenson, the real-life civil rights lawyer portrayed by Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! has not been afraid to use guest hosts rather than air repeat episodes. In the past, celebrities such as Kristen Bell, Chris Pratt, and David Spade have all filled in for Kimmel. If Larson still doesn’t feel 100 percent prepared after watching Kimmel, the staff at the show have enough experience to help any first-time host get through the night.

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Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times airs tonight, Dec. 18, at 8:00 PM ET on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel Live! hosted by Brie Larson then airs at 11:35 PM ET. What do you expect from Larson as host? Let us know in the comment section below and be sure to check back with Last Night On for all the highlights.