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.”