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Jennifer Considered Quitting Acting

Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence had considered bidding adieu to acting for good when she first rose to fame because she preferred to be “invisible” in life.

The 20-year-old came into the spotlight with her part in the movie Winter’s Bone, which won her an Academy Award nomination, and has since gone on to land roles in X-Men: First Class and The Hunger Games opposite Liam Hemsworth, reported Daily Star.

But Lawrence has struggled to adjust to the sudden interest in her personal life and had considered sticking to smaller films or a career behind the camera to avoid attention.

“People started talking to me differently and I couldn’t stand that. I’d go to parties where I used to be invisible and off the record, now everybody’s watching and listening. There was a weird element and I wondered whether I wanted to be a director or act in independent films,” she said.

Jennifer playing with Kravitz’s Grammy

Lenny Kravitz Caught Jennifer Lawrence Playing With His Grammy Award

Jennifer Lawrence was left red-faced during a visit to Lenny Kravitz’s house when the singer caught her holding one of his Grammy awards and pretending to make an acceptance speech.

The actress became friends with the rocker’s daughter Zoe during the making of superhero movie X-Men: First Class and was invited to visit the Fly Away hitmaker’s home.

Lawrence was left alone on one visit to see her pal and couldn’t resist inspecting Kravitz’s trophy collection, and she was left embarrassed when the singer walked in on her midway through her monologue.

She tells Britain’s Marie Claire magazine, “I was round Lenny Kravitz’s house. Anyway, I was all by myself in his home and I looked around and I saw his collection of Grammys. I just couldn’t resist, so I went and grabbed one and started giving an imaginary acceptance speech.

“Next thing, I just hear this deep voice from behind me go, ‘So, how does it feel, Jen?’ I turned around and there’s Lenny with his huge bodyguard friend. I was gonna come up with something about polishing it. But, hey, I’m fooling no one.”

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Jennifer wants to move to London

American actress Jennifer Lawrence has admitted she wants to raise her family in London because she loves the British capital so much.

Jennifer, who grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, before moving to Los Angeles when she was 16 – spent five months in the British capital shooting X-Men: First Class and is looking forward to returning.

Lawrence, who is set to star in new film The Hunger Games, told British Marie Claire magazine: ‘When I first landed there [in London] I remember calling my mum and going, ‘I think I’m going to live here, I think I want to raise my family here.”

During the filming of X-Men, the 20-year-old became close to her co-star Nicholas Hoult, 21, but despite not admitting to dating the actor, she did say she was in a relationship with someone.

When told Hoult was a nice guy, the star replied: ‘Very nice.’

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Marie Claire UK Photoshoot & Highlights

Marie Claire UK issue hit newsstands today! Marie Claire site released some outtakes of Jennifer’s shoot and some highlights of the cover story:

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She may be only 20, but Jennifer Lawrence already has an Oscar nomination, a lead role in X-Men: First Class – and now a Marie Claire cover under her belt. Looking positively ethereal in powder blue Dior, the hottest new actress in Hollywood let us in on standing up to directors, and an unexpected London romance…

Just 10 minutes in Jennifer Lawrence’s company and it’s clear this is no run-of-the-mill Hollywood ingénue. Part Renee Zellweger, part Jodie Foster, part Tina Fey, there’s something special about her. Pretty as a picture, the starlet struck a pose in flowing nude Rochas gown, with Detail and Alex Monroe gold jewellery.

“Oscar season was surreal and bizarre,” Jennifer – smouldering in a sweeping D&G dress – recalls of earning herself a nomination for movie Winter’s Bone at the 2010 ceremony. “It’s the biggest thing that can happen to an actress and then it’s also… they call your name on the news at 5 o’clock in the morning and it’s not your life any more.”

“The Oscars itself was the most fun but all those shows leading up to it had so much stress,” our stunning Dior-clad cover star explains. “Like this dress and that dress… I felt like a politician on a campaign trail.”

There’s nothing manufactured of affected about Jen. What’s more, in contrast to many actresses in her age bracket, she’s unafraid of speaking her mind. Mention the Calvin Klein custom-made gown she wore to the Oscars and she’s more interested in discussing the size zero debate and the demands of her industry.

“I understand I’m an actress and I have a job and I have to be in a certain shape, and I’m fine with that. But I do want the stick-thin trend to end,” Jen, dressed in shimmering Donna Karen, explained. “I like eating so I didn’t really diet during the Oscars. In fact I needed to go on a diet afterwards!”

“I’ve always had the same mentality,” Jen in a figure hugging Dolce and Gabanna bodysuit reveals of her acting career – which includes roles in Burning Pain, Winter’s Bone, and more recently, X Men: First Class and The Beaver. “If I have to give a mall part of myself to make a role a little better, then I’ll just do comedies. Because it’s not  worth it.”

On her love life, Jen (reportedly dating X Men co-star Nicholas Hoult) remains decidedly coy. “No I’m not single,” she replies to our question after a silence and a faint smile.

Jennifer Whip MTV News Reporter Into Shape

MTV News’ own Josh Horowitz is an old pro at interviewing celebs… or is he?! Not according to Jennifer Lawrence, who crashed the private office of our go-to on-camera personality and made him into her own personal object of torture makeover project. Just in time for the MTV Movie Awards, of course.

“Walk with me,” Jennifer commands, before blasting Josh in the face with bronzer (“Television audiences only trust people with natural phosphorescent orangey bronze skin. Trust me!”) and then destroying his spectacles with a single stomp.

“I can’t see without them!” Josh protests, but Jennifer’s not having it.

“Mario Lopez is legally blind and that’s never stopped him!” she shouts. “Glasses OFF!”

And it doesn’t end there. Whisking our slightly sandblasted-looking reporter into a pair of studio chairs, Jennifer demands that he interview her… no, wait! Not that way!

“Entertainment reporters ask hard-hitting questions. Who are you dating! What are you wearing! GO!” she demands. (But only so that she can follow by protesting: “I don’t want to talk about my personal life!”)

We’re not sure whether this slap-dash info session improved Josh’s celeb-questioning game (or, um, his skin tone), but hey, whatever Jennifer Lawrence wants, Jennifer Lawrence gets.

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Jennifer strains at the chains of fame

‘Everybody’s treating me differently and talking to me differently and I know that they’re lying and that they’re sucking up to me’

Listen to an actor who made his name in indie movies — many of them critical successes but box-office failures — and went on to play in hundred-million-dollar blockbusters: “I know there are 18,000 trucks and 800 for lunch and the whole thing, but still, within the context of the process, it still feels very intimate… It still feels the same as a film with a 30-person crew. You’re still doing the work.”

Now here’s a young actress in small movies — many of them critical successes but modest hits — who’s about to become the new It Girl of Hollywood: “It’s all filmmaking. The behind-the-scenes is always different: You have a bigger trailer, there’s better food, things like that. I still do the movies for the same reasons. I still love the script, I love the director, I love the character and the other actors involved. So all of the reasons why I was there, they were all the same.” Continue reading

Jennifer: “My parents prepared me to fail”

Jennifer Lawrence has revealed that her parents didn’t believe that she was going to make it as an actress.

The X-Men: First Class star said that they were so dubious about her career choice that they made her finish her education before allowing her to pursue her dream.

She told the Scotsman newspaper, “Of course they were sceptical as anyone would be if their 14-year-old said, I think I’m going to move to New York and be an actress.”

“They made sure that I got my education because they were basically preparing for me to fail. They were waiting for me to fail so that we could go home and get back to normal. And now I’m here. Now they think it’s great, they’re having a blast.”

The 20-year-old plays mutant shapeshifter Mystique in the movie but said that she couldn’t do any of her own stunts because of her tight-fitting costume.

“I did not do one stunt. The X-suit that we wear, I couldn’t lift my arms above my shoulders. I couldn’t bend my knees and I was wearing platform shoes. I was there to save the world but I couldn’t bend my knees,” she joked.

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Elle Magazine Photoshoot

Call of the Siren: Jennifer Lawrence

After a masterful breakout in ‘Winter’s Bone’ and an inescapable legacy as a body-painted superhero in ‘X-Men First Class,’ the uniquely self-possessed Jennifer Lawrence has Hollywood clamoring

Who is she? That’s the question that ricocheted around last year’s Sundance Film Festival after Jennifer Lawrence showed up in Winter’s Bone, chillingly raw as a rural teen determined to find her meth-slinging dad and save her family home. Lawrence’s performance, earning her a best-actress Oscar nomination, was both unsentimental and exquisite, nearly convincing us she’d grown up skinning squirrels in the Missouri Ozarks. In fact, since she went without a trace of makeup (except some bloody bruises) and peered out from under a low wool cap, it almost went unnoticed that 20-year-old Lawrence is stunning, with a cherubic, translucent face suggesting a tweeny softness that belies an old-dame brawn and wicked wit rare among Hollywood ingenues.

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First look at Jennifer as Katniss

001.jpgFans of The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins’ terrifically urgent dystopian trilogy about children forced to fight to the death — have always been protective of 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen. So when Lionsgate and director Gary Ross announced that they had cast 20-year-old Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) in the lead role, the community was thrown into an inevitable tailspin. Was she too old, too blonde, too pale, too pretty to do the gritty warrior girl justice? In this week’s cover story, EW was granted an exclusive interview with a newly brunette Lawrence, and spent hours watching her train on a Los Angeles archery range and track, just days before she was due on the North Carolina set.

In a free-wheeling interview, Lawrence describes her first encounter with Ross last winter, during the height of Oscar season. “He was asking me what the experience was like,” she recalls, “and I just kind of opened up and said, ‘I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.’ And we both started laughing because that’s exactly what it’s like for Katniss in the Capitol. She was a girl who’s all of a sudden being introduced to fame. I know what that feels like to have all this flurry around you and feel like, ‘Oh, no, I don’t belong here.’”

When Lawrence was offered the role, she describes her response as a mixture of elation — and desperate anxiety. “I knew that as soon as I said yes, my life would change,” she says. “And I walked around an entire day thinking ‘It’s not too late, I could still go back and do indies, I haven’t said yes yet, it’s not too late.’”

And yet, who can turn their back on Katniss? “I love this story,” she says, “and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.” After officially signing on, Suzanne Collins herself called to offer a starstruck Lawrence her most hearty congratulations. “I feel like when you said yes,” the author told her, “the world got lifted off my shoulders.”

Mark Townsend: “How to get Jennifer’s hair look”

After dazzling on the red carpet at this year’s Academy Awards, Oscar-nominated Jennifer Lawrence is all Seventeen can talk about! Between the huge announcement of her starring role in the movie version of The Hunger Games and her so-gorgeous-you-should-be-jealous golden locks, Seventeen had to find out how to get her look. In an exclusive interview, Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend revealed how to get the new starlet’s glam tresses:

What’s the secret to getting Jennifer’s look?

Jennifer’s blessed with very thick hair. The biggest secret that I have is hot rollers. That’s what I use to get all the fullness in her hair. I use the one-inch rollers on her.

What’s your technique as far as hot rolling goes?

The biggest thing is to put the roller at the scalp and then wrap the hair around it, instead of rolling up. Wrap it all the way from the root, that way you’ll get so much more volume out of it. But it’s like eight to ten rollers for the whole head. Keep them in there just about 15 minutes, to let it cool, because that’s when the hair actually changes: as it’s cooling. Then take the rollers out and brush through. It’s really simple.

Do you add product before or after you curl the hair?

I think making sure that hair is healthy and shiny starts when you’re in the shower. Make sure you’re using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair texture. And if you have some damage, make sure you’re using the right conditioners. After that, I start every blow dry off with Dove’s Nourishing Oil Care Antifrizz Serum. And because it absorbs into the hair so fast, you can layer your styling product on right after. Personally, I love mousse. I’ve been a big fan of mousse. It has this reputation of making hair crunchy, but it really doesn’t—it gives the hair so much body.

What’s the best way to apply mousse?

A good, heaping mound. Again, it shouldn’t make your hair crunchy at all.

Do you spray anything to finish?

I like Dove’s flexible hairspray. I spray it on a flat brush and brush it through the hair after I’ve pulled the rollers out. That way, the product is sure to get all over. It gives the hair a little but of memory, but it’s not stiff. It’s really soft and comfortable.

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Jennifer Hates Sex Scenes

Jennifer Lawrence gets shy in front of the opposite sex.

The X-Men beauty, 20, hates taking part in love scenes – but only because she is worried her on-screen partner will think she wants to take things further off-screen too.

“It’s all pretty technical but I don’t look forward to them,” she says. “I don’t like kissing in rehearsals either because I worry that they’ll think that I like them in that way in real life. Saying all of that I would rather do a kissing scene than a full on sex scene.”

Lawrence recently insisted she grew up well-behaved.

“I didn’t sneak out or drink. Once I told my parents to ground me because I was going to a party with alcohol. It’s kind of disgusting,” she said.

“I have fun when I go out—I mean, who wouldn’t have fun with me?

“Sometimes I get anxiety about not staying up late enough. I’m not the one in the corner, but if anyone was like, ‘I want to go home and watch The Big Lebowski,’ I’d be right there with my hand up.

“I’m not proud of it.”

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Recent Scans and THR Interview

I just updated the gallery with scans of Jennifer in 2011. This includes the latest issue of EW (thanks to Kari). I also capped the interview Jen did for The Hollywood Reporter:

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And also here is the interview for THR:

Jennifer Lawrence: The Making of an ‘It’ Actress

The new Hollywood Reporter looks at the actress, once passed over for Bella in “Twilight,” and the year she’s had since becoming a Sundance sensation for “Winter’s Bone.”

Jennifer Lawrence cried when Winter’s Bone was accepted into the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The picture, set in the Ozark Mountains, might have been tiny, but the actress had recognized that the part of Ree Dolly — a teen struggling to hold her family together and keep their home — was a gritty, uniquely tenacious role. So she pursued it with unabashed commitment, even taking a spontaneous red-eye flight to New York to press the producers for the part. At the time, her highest-profile role had been in Guillermo Arriaga’s stark low-budget drama The Burning Plain, which had just scored her the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 2008 Venice Film Festival. Lawrence expected maybe a dozen people would see Bone, so its selection by Sundance was a splendid bonus for the cast, crew and co-writer/director Debra Granik. It was only a few days after its first screening that she realized that perhaps she had underestimated its impact.

“I got recognized on the street, and someone said, ‘I loved Winter’s Bone,’ ” the 20-year-old actress recalls. “And I was like, ‘You saw Winter’s Bone?’ ” Continue reading

Oscars mean “dressing for a billion” people

Jennifer Lawrence woke up this morning and drove to her parents house in Santa Monica, Calif., to watch the Oscar nomination announcements on TV. “Some of my friends came over and my brother was there and we just screamed at the TV for a little bit,” Lawrence 20, told USA TODAY’s Carol Memmott, after she heard she got a nod for her work in Winter’s Bone.

The film has gotten lots of praise since it was released last year but Lawrence says she was still shocked by the best picture nomination. “It’s the only thing that really brings tears to my eyes. To think that we were working on this tiny movie. It was freezing cold and all of us were sick. And this was a tiny little movie but we were all there because we believed in it.” She adds, “I never imagined it and that’s what gives me goose bumps.”

Lawrence says she’s nothing like Ree, the character she plays in the film. “Fortunately our lives aren’t really comparable at all and I don’t share a lot of the traits that she has, but I did bring my stubbornness to her.”

She attended the Golden Globes with her parents and will most likely bring them to the Oscars as well.

As for what she’ll wear, she doesn’t know yet “but now I know it’s so scary. For the Golden Globes you get so excited. You get to dress like a princess and dress so beautifully and then by the end of all the fittings it’s like ‘gosh put me in something black that no one will make fun of me for’. There are so many different opinions and you start not trusting your own because it’s the world that’s going to be seeing it. You’re dressing for a billion different people.”

Next for the actress? Lawrence says “nothing’s technically green lit yet. I’m in talks for some stuff but nothing official yet” when asked about the next film she’ll be making. But she does have two films coming out soon: The Beaver in April and X-Men: First Class in June which she says “was fun. It was really cool. I had a blast.”

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Jennifer on Her Oscar Nomination

Jennifer Lawrence prefers characters with an inner, almost indescribable drive; in fact she’s fascinated by them. Speakeasy caught up with the 20-year-old actress this afternoon to talk about her Best Actress nomination for “Winter’s Bone.” (You can read a full list of nominees here.)

In the film, based on a novel of the same name by Daniel Woodrell, Lawrence plays 17-year-old Ree Dolly. Providing for her two younger siblings and hell-bent on finding her meth cooking father amidst the dangerous world of the Ozarks drug culture, Lawrence stomps through the movie determined to free her family from the mistakes of her father. “I think she was strong and stubborn and determined and she had a heart that was almost too big for her,” Lawrence said, describing her character.

Lawrence said she was drawn to the script but more specifically the character of Ree. “I love stories that have a beginning, middle and an end. They start out one way and they come out on the other end, whether it’s worse or better. I’m fascinated with characters that don’t take “no” for an answer, which is just the definition of Ree.”

Lawrence is a TV series veteran, appearing in everything from “The Bill Engvall Show” to “Cold Case.” Not that she’s been nominated for an Oscar, is Lawrence done with TV guest appearances? “Well,maybe, maybe not,: she said.  “Never say never.”

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