Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence – a lovable movie star

Jennifer Lawrence is only 22 and already considered a “serious actress” having two Oscar nominations and a (very recent) Golden Globe win. She also proved to be extremely versatile switching between drama, action, comedy and even horror with great ease. 

Besides she is one of my favorite persons in Hollywood – if you have ever seen a Jennifer Lawrence interview than you probably know she’s hilarious and a total goofball who’s talent is just the cherry on top of a great personality. 
I love how she doesn’t take herself too seriously and isn’t afraid to joke at her own expense. She candidly admits: "I never know what's going to come out of my mouth and that's what always gets me in trouble."

While she has often mocked her newly acquired Hollywood's IT girl status, nobody can deny her star is raising fast and burning bright right now. And unlike some other young actresses her claim to fame has a solid base in her work.

Jennifer started her career at an early age but never took any professional drama classes or acting lessons.
She was born in Louisville, Kentucky, has two older brothers and grew up on a horse farm. Jennifer worked as an assistant nurse at the children's camp that her parents run and graduated high school two years early with a 3.9 average in order to begin her acting career. 

When she was 14 she went to New York with her mother and was spotted by an agent that wanted to take her picture. She was then asked to come to some audition. Her talent was recognized from the very beginning with the agent telling her mom that she was "the best cold read by a 14- year-old they had ever heard". 
After that her career flourished so her parents were forced to move to Los Angeles. In fact she still lives with them which is quite refreshing for Hollywood.


Her first acting role was in the TBS comedy, The Bill Engvall Show, the series aired for three seasons and she received the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performer in a TV Series for it.
The role of Katniss Everdeen in the The Hunger Games was the one that made her widely popular, but before that she stared in quite a few critically applauded movies.

She won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young emerging actor/actress at the Venice Film Festival in 2008 for her part in The Burning Plain. In 2009 she got the Los Angeles Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance for her role in The Poker House. Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Ree in Winter's Bone is often viewed as her breakout performance for which she received critical acclaim and her first Oscar nomination. Another part that got her a lot of attention was the one in the 2011 X-Men: First Class (she was Raven Darkhölme / Mystique).
In 2012 she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

After proving her talent in Winter’s Bone she actually had problems getting roles because, apparently, she was not seen as a feminine character and basically didn’t have enough sex appeal. Can you believe that? 
It was then that she decided to play Hollywood at its own game and did a steamy bikini photo shoot in Esquire magazine.
This move was well thought and came with the expected side of criticism but had the desired result: ”A lot of people said, ‘Oh, now we have a great actress come along and she’s showing her boobs.’ But that’s exactly what I had to do so I could keep working. Honestly, that photo shoot is what helped me get ‘X-Men” she said in an interview.

That being said Jennifer Lawrence movies are always carefully chosen as she lives by this quote: “There are actresses who build themselves, and then there are actresses who are built by others. I want to build myself.”

In 2011 she got the offer to play Katniss Everdeen in the highly anticipated The Hunger Games. I was a huge fan of the books (remember this article) before the movie came out and, unlike many other times, I wasn’t disappointed. The sequel (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is still filming and will premier sometime this year.
Going back to Jennifer and the Hunger Games part - she took three days to accept it because she was intimidated by the size of the movie and what it might mean in the long run. In order to prepare for this role she underwent extensive training including archery, rock and tree climbing, running, Pilates, combat, yoga and a lot of other workouts. She even owns her own bow and arrow. The movie was a huge success, setting the record for the third-largest opening weekend of all time with $152.5 million in three days. She became the highest paid action heroine ever. 

What I did not understand at the time was all the controversy regarding her weight/size. Many mentioned that Jennifer was a little too thick to play Katniss. Manohla Dargis from the New York Times said: “A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission”. Also Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter said this Jennifer’s body was “lingering baby fat.”

I get that this points of view came from the desire to respect Suzanne Collins‘s character one hundred percent (in the books Katniss is described as being painfully thin), but they could have said it in a classier manner than referring to her as being fat.
For God sake, Jennifer Lawrence is 5 ft 9 (175 cm) tall and around 130 pounds (59 kg) which is pretty much perfect!
I really don’t get why people tend to get stuck on silly details when the really important things are left behind. That’s Hollywood for you!

She just won a Golden Globe for her part in 'Silver Linings Playbook' (Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical) and has been nominated for an Oscar for the same role. She’s a favorite going into awards season and got this part after auditioning over Skype.
And  having just seen the Silver Linings Playbook I can understand why - she's absolutely amazing and so is mister Bradley Cooper who's talent, I admit, I underestimated till now. Big mistake as they are both terrific in this little movie who succeeds a very rare thing - to talk about a very serious problem (mental health) in a light way but without making fun of it. It reminded me of Juno that way!
Jennifer Lawrence looks absolutely gorgeous in the movie and not too young either - she's 22, Bradley is 38 but I never once thought about the 16 years gap between them watching it.

  Jennifer Lawrence in her amazing Dior Haute Couture gown, Brian Atwood shoes, Chopard jewelry, and a Ferragamo clutch on the Golden Globes red carpet stealing the show without even trying!

Just to clarify things – when she started her speech as the Golden Globe winner for Best Actress with the words: "What does it say? I beat Meryl!” she was quoting Bette Midler in the comedy “The First Wives Club” (1996) and wasn’t dissing Meryl Streep whom she adores.

The funny thing is the one who didn’t get it (big surprise here) and started all the controversy on Twitter was Lindsay Lohan (her tweet -“No1 should ever mess with a legend such as Meryl Streep”) proving once again she’s brain dead. Meryl Streep wasn't even there so that really wouldn’t have made sense.

Jennifer Lawrence explained the whole thing while hosting Saturday Night Live a few days ago and delivered a few other skits and a funny monologue where she "trashed" all four of her fellow Best Actress Oscar nominees: Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, Emmanuelle Riva and Quvenzhane Wallis.

I loved this girl ever since she admitted being a couch potato and loving TV shows way too much. It’s like she was talking about me!:)))) She also said (in an interview to Marie Claire South Africa) that she would rather stay on the couch all day than hit the gym or go out partying (Amen to that sister!): "I don't like going out that much. I'm kind of an old lady. After it's 11, I'm like, 'Don't these kids ever get tired?' When I'm out, I think about my couch. Like, 'It would be awesome to be on it right now. I bet there's an episode of 'Dance Moms' on. Am I missing a new episode of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians?' "I'm just stressed by the idea of missing them." 

She totally had me when she added that her idea of a good time is spending time with her friends in her apartment eating junk food: "I like people to come over to my place. It's like a reality TV show cave. I just learned how to work TiVO. That changed my life”.

As for her personal life, she just brook up (this month) with British actor Nicholas Hoult (you may remember him from Skins, A Single Man, About a Boy), after two years of dating. 

 Other interesting facts about Jennifer:
  • She is close friends with Lily Collins
  • She is the only girl to be born on the Lawrence side of the family in fifty years
  • She appeared in the music video The Mess I Made by the band Parachute
  • She refuses to have a twitter or a Facebook account
  • Rolling Stone Magazine named her ‘America’s kick-ass sweetheart’
  • In October 2012 she was announced as the new face of Dior
  • She ranked #1 on AskMen's list of Top 99 Most Desirable Women for 2013 
  • She's hilariously referred as JLaw by press, fans and bloggers

The rare thing that Jennifer has and that many other in Hollywood lack completely, is the fact she seems and behaves like a real human being, not a movie star. She still has that down to earth, relatable personality that makes you feel happiness when she succeeds rather then envy, you genuinely root for her and hope she does well. That’s why I’m pretty sure her career will be more than one hit wonder and she will be one of those actresses that can stay in the limelight for a long time.

Photos: 1, 2.
 So, have you seen any of here movies? How do you feel about Jennifer Lawrence?

58 comentarii :

ZxM Style-Squared said...

She is awesome!!!!!!

Isabel said...

Thanks for this!

I love love her so much, OMG! Can't believe they broke up, I really liked them together :(

"I" is for Isabel x

Style by Bruno said...

I like that she is raw, she makes good decisions and is like nobody else in the industry ever. I think the is going to be big because she is differente. She is not too skin, she is smart, and she can really act. Role model all the way- I am sure many people can relate to her

Carly said...

I love J-Law! She's awesome and totally cute and adorable. xxx

Faith said...

This is great!

I absolutely love her!

Virginia Negro said...

love this girl!!!!!great post!!!!!



Natasha Gregson said...

Oh, Jennifer <3 She can do no wrong at the moment. An utterly refreshing star and amazing style and beauty :)



Anaivilo said...

I was curious about her after I heard about her first Oscar nomination, then I saw the movie, that I thought she was interesting as an actress. Then I saw Hunger Games, and I loved her! What she did in Silver Lining Playbook is amazing indeed. So much screaming in that film, I'm guessing it was emotionally difficult for all the actors. I am looking forward in seeing the next Hunger Games and other films. I am sure she will do great. And I love the fact that she is not a diva.

UnA said...

Awww she is so young and fierce!

I love her


Aliah K said...

I love her! Actually I just watched "the hunger games" a few days before :D Nice one :D Nice Post honey! :)


Diana Teodoro said...

I absolutely worship Jennifer! Not only is she the most beautiful woman in Hollywood, but she's also a great actress and a cool person in general. :)
That was a great post.;)
Diana from http://thegirlwhocouldntbeafashionista.blogspot.ie/

Real College Student of Atlanta said...

she is beautiful!!!

blackberryfashion said...

amazing woman ;)

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anoddgirl said...

I love her so much! She's gorgeous and seems so down to earth

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Mara Franzese said...

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog dear! :) I am following you now on GFC & bloglovin! Kiss :**


Chai Chen said...

I actually like her. I think she's pretty awesome! :)

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Eva Luna said...

I just saw her in Silver Linings Playbook and daaa-yuuum! she was bloody brilliant! L-am vazut la cinema, iar cand am ajuns acasa, m-am pus sa il vad din nou :)) Sincer sper sa o tina tot asa!
Abia astept sa vad si Catching Fire, cartile sunt gata de mult :D

p.s: we should make a couch potato fan-club or something :))

Agnieszka (Aga) Guerrero Olesinska said...

She is stunning

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Giu Lia said...

She is definitely a highly talented actress. I never considered her as the one having the WOW factor but this purple/coral outfit...she looks perfect. I guess the thing about her is that she not seeming to loose her personality and selling herself to Hollywood. Charismatic people are always amazing.


Kacie Cone said...

I'm in love with Jennifer Lawrence! She is such an inspiration!

Littleehelen said...

Hi pretty I follow you in GFC and bloglovin :)I hope to see you again in my blog I have a new post XXX

AllAboutLife said...

ty so much for ur comment on our blog hun.... Of course we want to follow each other. When u follow us (google must have a problem and cant see u on our list) let me known so as to follow back... Big kiss <3

Francesca in the kitchen said...

Hi darling, thank you for your visit! I love your blog and I'll follow you.
This girl is so beautiful, I think she is perfect!!!


Natalia said...

Absolutely love her, she is one of my favourites. I was so happy when she got the Golden Globe x

Tali M said...

I have to say I didn't see any of her movies, but then I didn't watch movies for a while! I definitely should! This girl is super adorable:)

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Erica said...

Hi :) I find your blog interesting so I am now following you :) It would be nice if you check my blog and if you like you can follow me back :) Ciao!
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Ivana Džidić said...

nice article:) I'm following

Paula B. said...

thanks for your sweet comment!

Pirate Hart said...

I have! Loved her in the Hunger Games! following you on Bloglovin' and GFC see you soon!


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Lily said...

I love Jennifer Lawrence! She is so talented and down-to-earth. I can't wait to see her as Katniss again. What a great informative post!

Me-Hi Mary Kim said...

Love Jennifer Lawrence! What made me like her even more was her humor, she's hilarious! I like watching her on talkshows :)
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, leaving such a nice comment, and following! You're too sweet.
I love your blog and your gorgeous!
Following you via GFC & Bloglovin!


benny briga said...

woow cool post love it!

Arianna Gallo said...

nice post!



AnnTan said...

thanks sooo much for following me! whoa, i can't even recognise some of the few photos Jennifer had taken!!! i love Jennifer Lawrence after watching the hunger games!

i followed back!


Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh I love her. I love the "JLaw" thing too. I saw her on David Letterman and really enjoy her interviewing style. She is real! I love her tons more than Meryl Streep!
Haven't seen her movies but I really want to see Silver Linings Playbook.

Renae at simple sequins said...

dang, oops, Yes and I am following, too. THANK YOU.

kateprs said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! This was a really neat post! (It might not be a bad idea to credit the sources of the photos.) I look forward to what else you have in stock for this blog in the future :) Following you via GFC!

Love and Ace said...

She is stunning! Thanks for the photos. Following you back now! x, Kat

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Alice in vintageland said...

@kateprs - I did credit the photos, just look down the page!

ina said...

She is indeed a beauty and I don't get it either why some called her too fat. And there they go and wonder why today's kids have eating issues...

Thanks for stopping by at my blog :) I won't follow you immediately, but I will make sure to check your blog form time to time. And if I like the things you're writing about, I will make sure to follow you :)

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b e a t r i c e said...

great blog and nice post.Ofc I'm your new follower! HDon't forget to visit my blog too!

Lauren said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! I think Jennifer is a rare talent and I love how she is down to earth but also radiates a classic hollywood beauty. Thanks for taking the time to write all of this..I quite enjoyed it! xo

Alessia Muratore said...

thanks for your sweet comment!
I follow you now!


Nina Normalo said...

:) What a great post! This woman is sooo cute! If I wear a man I would be totally in love :)
And thanks so much for your cute comment.. follow you, too :*

♥, Nina

Marlen said...

i seriously have THE biggest crush on her. wow i didn't know she was 22, that is so inspiring. she's just so real and down to earth, and she has such immense talent. i feel like she's a normal girl that proved herself and rose to the top, so whenever i see her in something i almost feel proud, like i know her. i'm looking forward to seeing much more from her :)

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Juju said...

She has talent and she is beautiful... thank youfor your lovely comment on my blog, I hope we could follow each other and keeping in touch!
let me know

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TheCreativiti4you said...

I am happy to follow you! thank you for your comment on my blog :)
This article is beautiful and this actress is really nice and is soap and water! I follow you on blog lovin too, see you soon!

The Sunny List said...

Great post, I totally love Jennifer Lawrence. I see you are a celebrity junkie just like me :) hehe.

I didn't know about that tweet from Lindsay Lohan, and you are right, she is brain dead, Imagine the things she would do to be in Jennifer's shoes right now, of course, not happening again, her moment is gone...

thanks for stopping by my blog and following ! i'm totally following you back. let's keep in touch. xo.


Anonymous said...

love her ! I think she's gorgeous and talented !


Danavee said...

She's a beauty!

Following on Bloglovin now!

Aline Gonçalves said...

Ela é incrível!!!
Fiquei apaixonada por ela no The Hunger Games ;)


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