This past February, Jack Nicholson and Jennifer Lawrence made viral video magic when the two met-cute/creepy backstage at the Oscars. While best-actress winner Lawrence taped an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Nicholson lurked in the background, on deck to congratulate Hollywood’s newly-minted Academy Award owner. After patiently waiting, and wiping sweat from his forehead, Nicholson finally bum-rushed the segment mid-interview to tell Lawrence that she “did such a beautiful job” and he “loved” her in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence, as charming as ever, whet Nicholson’s appetite by firing back that the 76-year-old legend was “being really rude” by interrupting her segment. Nicholson—clearly smitten, as we all are, by J. Law—left her side, and then snuck back up once more to creepily tell her, “I’ll be waiting.”
And waiting he apparently was. Lawrence, who was just named “Entertainer of the Year” by the Associated Press, tells ABC that after meeting Nicholson, she received a care package from the elder Oscar winner containing the bubbly and a flirty note that sounds typical of the storied ladies’ man. “He sent me flowers and a bottle of Cristal and a note that said, ‘Missing you already,” Lawrence told ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga, before adding. “Not to brag. I should have probably kept that a secret so it could just be between me and Jack.”
Last month, Lawrence played a little bit more coy when asked if she had kept in touch with Nicholson. “Oh. . . are we dating?,” she asked Extra TV. “Are we an item? “I’’m not going to say what he did or didn’t do. He could have or could not have sent me flowers and a bottle of Cristal.”
Lawrence revealed that she did not dare drink the sacred gift from Nicholson—perhaps for fear that it was laced with a love serum that would make her fall for the actor five decades her senior. “I’ve never tasted Cristal in my whole life,” she said, adding that she sent the gift to her parents. “[M]y mom has my Oscar and my Jack Nicholson champagne.” Rationalizing her kindness to her mother, she said, “She like pulled me out of her body. It’s the least I can do.”
The old-fashioned champagne and flowers courtship strategy may have backfired for Nicholson, but if we know Jack, the actor has not given up and is busy hand-painting Lawrence a bull figurine as we blog.
Tip of the hat to our very own Richard Lawson, who predicted that Nicholson and Lawrence would cross paths again—however not in a fizzled-out flirtation that makes for great talk show fodder. He suggested that the pair team up for a James L. Brooks comedy in which he actor accepts the more age-appropriate role of “father” to Lawrence’s character, a computer genius.
See the video from the Oscars: