After not discussing her fiancé for a while, J. Law now has a lot to say.
Considering she’s arguably the closest thing the current generation has to a Julia Roberts—an A-list movie star who is hugely popular and critically lauded—Jennifer Lawrence has been keeping an awfully low profile recently.
The actress had said in previous interviews that she wanted to take some time off from film work, and she has done just that. She hasn’t starred in a movie since Red Sparrow, which opened in March of 2018, and did a minimal amount of promotion for the recent Dark Phoenix, in which she had a supporting role. She hasn’t done much in the way of press, either. She’s showed up for her contracted Dior events, and occasionally stepped out for some revelry (see: her gay-bar outing with Adele that elated the Internet). And, most notably, over this time period, one of the world’s most famous actresses has been in a relationship so serious that she’s now engaged.
We don’t know all that much about her fiancé, Cooke Maroney, other than that he’s a 34-year-old director at a New York art gallery who previously worked at the Gagosian gallery after he studied art history at NYU. Per a Cut source, Maroney is “definitely fun-loving but [not] out of control,” a “young good New York guy who likes to participate and have fun.” Sounds cool!
This new era of Low-Profile J. Law has meant that we haven’t heard much at all from the actress about Maroney, whom she appears to have begun dating in June of 2018 (they were reportedly set up by Laura Simpson, a friend of Lawrence’s). We’ve had to content ourselves instead with the steady stream of photos of the pair dining out at a slew of buzzy New York restaurants (with the occasional jaunt to Europe). In one set of these photographs—taken of the two at dinner in February—an engagement ring was spotted on Lawrence’s hand, which is . . . how we found out they were engaged. A few weeks ago, the couple were snapped entering an engagement party of some sort—it’s rumored they’ll be getting married later this fall.
On Thursday, though, Lawrence appeared on a podcast (!)—hosted by former E! host Catt Sadler—during which she gushed about Maroney. She seems, uh, pretty happy! “He’s the greatest human being I’ve ever met,” she explained. “He really is, and he gets better.”
Asked why she decided to marry him, Lawrence continued, “I don’t know, I started with the basics. How do I feel? Is he nice? Is he kind? It’s just—this is the one, I know that sounds really stupid but he’s just, he’s—you know. He’s the greatest person I’ve ever met, so I feel very honored to become a Maroney.”
Does this mean our J. Law about to become J.…Mar? Also, we are very disappointed there wasn’t a follow-up question here about how she feels about the closeness of her new name to that of iconic 30 Rock character Jenna Maroney (played by Jane Krakowski).
“I definitely wasn’t at a place where I was like, I’m ready to get married,” Lawrence said. “I just met Cooke and I wanted to marry him. We wanted to marry each other, we wanted to commit fully. He’s my best friend. I want to legally bind him to me forever. And fortunately the paperwork exists for such a thing. You find your favorite person on the planet and you’re like, You can’t leave!”
While she is very, very adamant about her feelings about the man she is marrying, clearly, the other elements of the wedding rigamarole don’t seem to concern her all that much. “I’ve been in a good place,” she said. “I haven’t been neurotic about it. I’m like too lazy to be neurotic. I saw a dress I liked and I was like, That’s the dress. I saw a venue and I was like, Cool, we got the venue.”
She did, however, end up having a bachelorette party—or at least it sounds like she did? It’s hard to discern. “I thought I didn’t want to have bachelorette party, and then last minute I decided I did,” the actress said. “Then nobody was available because it was last minute. And then I started crying. I was like, I don’t even know why I’m crying. I didn’t know that I wanted a bachelorette party. I guess I just feel pathetic. [Maroney] was like, Oh my god, you don’t need to feel pathetic.” Imagine having anything else to do that you wouldn’t cancel even an hour in advance for a J. Law bachelorette party.
Cooke Maroney! The guy has a cool name, is the greatest person Jennifer Lawrence has ever met, is apparently a voice of comfort and encouragement when you’re feeling lame about demonstrating too much enthusiasm about an event. Not a bad C.V.!
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Jennifer Lawrence is this year’s Sherry Lansing Leadership Award Recipient by The Hollywood Reporter, and she’s featured on this month’s issue of the magazine, with a brand new interview by Oprah Winfrey. Below are the cover, some pictures from the shoot, the interview and videos.
The Oscar-winning actress talks to the legendary interviewer about everything from pay equity (“I had it up to my f—ing eyeballs”) to her dealings with Harvey (“He had only been nice to me — except for when he wasn’t”) to where she sees herself in 20 years: “I won’t have periods anymore, that’s a bonus.”
Oprah Winfrey barely knew Jennifer Lawrence when the actress called and said she’d like to meet and then on Oct. 5 drove to see Winfrey at her Montecito, California, home. “I was excited to have lunch, and we were just like ‘girls in the garden,'” says Winfrey. “We probably talked for three and a half hours about life and fame and growing up and money and management and taking care of yourself and spirituality and philosophy. We drank rosé, and we laughed, and we talked about everything.”
Almost everything. One thing they didn’t discuss was Harvey Weinstein, whose history of harassment and assault exploded into view that day, when The New York Times first detailed it. But Weinstein became a focal point of the two women’s conversation a few weeks later, when THR asked Winfrey, 63, to interview Lawrence for this Women in Entertainment issue. That was shortly before the 27-year-old actress was to receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at THR’s annual Power 100 breakfast, an award Winfrey received in 2013.
Since their first meeting, the new friends have been texting back and forth. “I sent her a copy of Wisdom of Sundays and, before that, Power of Now and A New Earth,” notes Winfrey. “What resonates with me is that, when you are talking to her, what you’re seeing is the real thing. You’re not seeing any pretense. She’s asking all the right questions: ‘How can I be used? How can I use this moment for something bigger than myself?'”
Lawrence grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and was propelled to fame with 2010’s Winter’s Bone. The Hunger Games made her a global superstar, along with roles in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and the X-Men series. But it’s not so much her stardom and four Oscar nominations (with a win for Silver Linings) that make her the perfect recipient of the Lansing award; it’s also her nonprofit endeavors. She’s been tireless in supporting Kentucky charities and those that help children in particular.
That’s one reason why Winfrey was so impressed by “how much light [Lawrence] carries. Capital L, capital Light. You can feel there’s a strong intelligence and a desire to use this moment for something greater than fame and fortune.”
OPRAH WINFREY I read this wonderful book by Elizabeth Strout [Anything Is Possible]. And in it, she was speaking about one of the characters who was so embittered and regretful, and the line she used was, “because her life did not turn out the way she had expected.” Is your life what you expected?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE When I started acting, I was totally satisfied when I was on a sitcom because I had a steady paycheck. And I was like, “Maybe I can just find a way to be on sitcoms forever.” I was totally satisfied and good. I never dreamed that I could have this kind of career.
When you dreamed the dream, what did the dream look like? I used to drive home from church with my father past rich white people’s houses — we’d be the last to leave our little church yard, and he’d be in this big, old, green Oldsmobile that I was embarrassed to be in — and I’d pick houses that I dreamed about living in, and that was a big dream for me: I’d have a house, I’d be able to pay my bills, I’d have two cars in the driveway.
I used to do that, too. I remember driving by big, beautiful houses, but I always dreamed of being there with my parents. I never imagined I’d be able to own something like that on my own. I thought for a while maybe I could be an interior designer — that was the only job I knew about because my mom was friends with an interior designer. I was mostly just focused on a family when I was little. I would have never thought I’d be so career-focused. It’s not something I knew about myself until I started becoming successful, and then I wanted to become more successful. I’d make a great movie, and then I’d want to make more great movies; I’d make money, I’d want to make more money. It was a mind-set I wasn’t ever aware I had until my early 20s.
And then, by the time you’re 27, you’ve got [an Oscar]. By the time you’ve gotten four [nominations], does it come with —
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Jennifer Lawrence is the cover star of the Holiday issue of Vanity Fair magazine. The issue brings a new interview and photoshoot.
Cover Story: Jennifer Lawrence, Star without a Script
The bar of the Plaza Athénée, an elegant Upper East Side hotel, is empty save for an elderly French couple sipping Bordeaux at two P.M. when in bursts a tall blonde crackling with energy. It is Jennifer Lawrence, wearing a black cashmere sweater, jeans ripped at the knee, and black boots, her platinum hair chopped into a chic bob. Delicate gold jewelry circles her wrists, neck, and fingers, and her most pronounced accessory, a security team, looms nearby.
She orders tea and explains, “I am playing a ballerina in my next movie, so my first step is not drinking alcohol for every meal of the day. Obviously I’m still drinking every day,” she adds, in the same engaging, infectious manner America has come to love.
While most millennials are navigating student debt and entry-level employment, Lawrence, who turned 26 in August, hasn’t so much achieved the Hollywood dream as crushed and re-invented it by blazing an unprecedented career trajectory. In the past five years, she has won an Oscar (in 2013, for Silver Linings Playbook), earned three additional nominations (for Winter’s Bone, American Hustle, and Joy), collected three Golden Globes, gone full superhero in the $4-billion-grossing X-Men series, and fronted the nearly $3-billion-grossing Hunger Games franchise. With her next film, Passengers, Sony’s science-fiction romance, opening December 21, Lawrence has joined Julia Roberts in an elite league of actresses who have commanded $20 million for a movie. (Lawrence will also reportedly receive 30 percent of the film’s profits after it breaks even.) While Roberts reached this paycheck peak when she was 32 (for Erin Brockovich), Lawrence has already done so, a mere six years after skyrocketing out of obscurity. (For additional perspective, Passengers marks Lawrence’s 20th film, while Meryl Streep did not appear on-screen in a feature film until she was 28.)
With her franchises behind her, Lawrence has lined up a flurry of roles to fill the next chapter of her career: the aforementioned Russian ballerina (turned spy) in Red Sparrow, directed by The Hunger Games filmmaker Francis Lawrence; war photographer Lynsey Addario in It’s What I Do, directed by Steven Spielberg; and Elizabeth Holmes, the controversial founder of the scandal-plagued Silicon Valley health-technology company Theranos, in Bad Blood, written and directed by Adam McKay. She also has a role in Mother, a home-invasion horror movie directed by Darren Aronofsky, which was shot last summer in Montreal. “I don’t like waking up with nothing to do or going to sleep without accomplishing anything,” Lawrence says. “That really depresses me.”
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Jennifer Lawrence is the cover Feature of February issue of Glamour Magazine, the issue is now available for digital download and it’ll be on newsstands next Tuesday, January 12th. Be sure to pick up your copy. Here are scans and the shoot.
Is Jennifer Lawrence even aging at all? You could have fooled us. But the 25-year-old actress joked over the weekend that her hectic filming schedule is taking its toll on her. All photographic evidence to the contrary.
Lawrence and her Hunger Games co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth immortalized their work together on the popular franchise by becoming the 289th, 290th, and 291st people to leave their mark in the cement outside the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The trio pressed their hands, feet, and signed their names with all the solemnity we’ve come to expect from this crew.
Lawrence then answered questions about her busy schedule which has included an astonishing 12 films in the past four years. Two of which—Mockingjay—Part 2 and Joy—are due out before the end of the year. “I try to keep working so people can see other characters and other things I can do instead of taking vacation time, and now I’m aging like a president,” Lawrence told reporters referring to the tendency of U.S. leaders to go grey from stress while in office.
There’s zero physical proof to back up Lawrence’s claim; the young actress looks as rosy-cheeked as she did when she first appeared at the Oscars back in 2011. But for evidence of Lawrence turning her down time into more work, look no further than the now-famous oceanside vacation she took with Amy Schumer earlier this summer which ended up spawning a film collaboration. And as fun as writing a screenplay with Amy Schumer sounds, this video of their friend Aziz Ansari jovially shouting “Are we writing a script or staying at a bed and breakfast?!” at their collaborator Kim Schumer indicates that this process is a lot more work than it is play for these two ambitious women.
“I remember there have been a few times where I would have loved time off,” Lawrence said in reference to her famously rigorous schedule on The Hunger Games franchise. (Lawrence’s frequent collaborator director David O. Russell once likened her punishing work as Katniss to slavery.) “I was very aware of how overwhelming these movies and this character was, and that was a big fear of mine signing on to these movies.”
But Lawrence went on to say that she works so hard so we won’t just remember her for franchise roles like Katniss or X-Men’s Mystique. “I want people to be able to lose themselves when they’re watching a movie and not see the same character,” she said. There’s little danger of that given her award-winning work in the likes of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. And while Lawrence may be closing the book on both Katniss and that mutant gang, she’s about to start a whole new chapter that includes new words like “screenwriter” and “comedy star.” Lawrence may be well overdue for a break, first, but knowing her workaholic ways and full upcoming schedule, she probably won’t take one.
Earlier this summer, the trailer for Jennifer Lawrence’s new movie “Joy” raised some eyebrows, as well as questions about why Hollywood insists on casting 20-somethings as 30 and 40-something characters.
The 25-year-old actress was 24 when she shot the film and when the trailer was released. In it, she plays real life Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, a single mother, who was a full decade older than the actress when she developed the prototype for a product that would make her millions of dollars. (And the character ages throughout the film.)
While her casting has clearly rubbed some people the wrong way, Lawrence brushed off concerns she’s too young to play the character, telling the New York Times:
“[Director] David [O. Russell] gets visions. He’s in his own beautiful, amazing world. Those kinds of silly questions don’t really matter to him. It’s not like I was old enough for ‘American Hustle.’ And I was way too young for ‘Silver Linings [Playbook].’ That’s why I almost didn’t get it.”
Recall that Lawrence played a quirky widow in “Silver Linings Playbook” and an unhappy housewife in “American Hustle,” with both of the actors playing her love interests clocking in at about 15 years older than she was at the time.
Lawrence’s comments come a week after Anne Hathaway, who at just 32, revealed she’s already feeling the effects of ageism in Hollywood, and losing roles to younger actresses.
“I can’t complain about it because I benefited from it. When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them,” she told Glamour U.K. “And now I’m in my early thirties and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24-year-old get that part?’ I was that 24-year-old once, I can’t be upset about it, it’s the way things are. All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you and if people go to see them you’ll be allowed to make more.”
Hathaway’s comments are interesting since she was originally cast in Lawrence’s role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” but left the project due to “creative differences” with Russell, according to studio head Harvey Weinstein.
At only 25 years old, Jennifer Lawrence is Hollywood’s number one It Girl. She’s Hollywood’s highest paid actress and just generally really talented and loved by all.
But with major success comes major scrutiny, and even Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is affected by the endless rumors, speculation, and criticism that surrounds her.
In a super honest interview with The New York Times , Jennifer opened up about how much anxiety she now has about being herself in the public eye. “I’m so scared to say anything now,” she shared. “I can see every negative way that people can take it.”
Actually, she’s even worried about how people will take that, continuing, “And I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining. ‘Oh, she’s so conceited now. Oh, she’s so jaded now.'”
But she seems to know where this new insecurity comes from. “It probably comes from Googling myself.” Jen has gone as far as Googling something truly horrible to see what people were saying about her. “I once Googled ‘Jennifer Lawrence Ugly.'”
No, Jen! Everyone knows the number one rule of being a celeb or human being in general is to NEVER Google yourself. “You try being 22, having a period and staying away from Google,” Jen responded when the interviewer said just that to her.
Even though Jen knows she shouldn’t care about what people think, she’s over pretending she doesn’t. “I can’t think of a more wasteful use of my time than to worry about this. Why do I care what people think?” she asked. “But I do. I just can’t pretend I don’t care. I get really insecure about it. The world makes an opinion of you without ever meeting you. That worry should not bother me, but it does… I’m going to leave here and think, ‘Oh God, why couldn’t I just have been cool and confident?'”
But, in true JLaw form, she revealed that she has a special way of dealing with all the stress, and it somehow involved dog poop. “I find a certain peace by thinking of me in public as sort of an avatar self,” she revealed. “You out there can have the avatar me. I can keep me. And I just try to acknowledge that this scrutiny is stressful, and that anyone would find it stressful. So I’ve got to try to let it go, and try to be myself, and focus on important things, like picking up dog poop.”
She’s not wrong. Picking up after your dog is seriously important.
Even though knowing JLaw is so stressed out about how people perceive her is a total bummer, it sounds like she’s got a really great way of handling it.
Jennifer Lawrence recently spoke about what it has been like to have the spotlight of fame thrust upon her and, contrary to what some might think, Ms. Lawrence wasn’t at all comfortable with so much popularity in the beginning.
“I picture myself drowning,” Jennifer told the New York Times. “Outwardly, I look like I’m having a blast, and I am, at least on some levels. There I was — burp, burp, burp — just a little gal from Kentucky getting discovered by big ol’ Hollywood. But inside I’m terrified. In an instant — boom — everyone’s listening, everyone’s looking.”
Ms. Lawrence isn’t talking about the person she is now, so many films later, but the younger Jennifer Lawrence fresh off the set of the indie film Winter’s Bone and just being launched into stardom in her first performances as The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Everdeen. Now, more seasoned and less timid, Ms. Lawrence recognizes the changes in her personality.
“I feel more in control. I’m calmer. I know that there’s no point to feeling anxious all day, so I try not to. I’m still scared, but it’s about different things. Now, I worry about — [Trails off and shifts a bit uncomfortably on the sofa.] O.K., get a hold of yourself, Jennifer. This is not therapy.”
Of course, Lawrence would have to be more seasoned to be able to act so boldly in today’s Hollywood. For instance, maybe that Kentucky girl would be just a little too shy to contact Amy Schumer as directly as Jennifer reveals she did, when asked how the two women became such good friends.
“I emailed her after I saw Trainwreck and said: ‘I don’t know where to get started. I guess I should just say it: I’m in love with you.’ We started emailing, and then emailing turned to texting,” Lawrence said, according to Page Six.
In the beginning, Jennifer felt less influenced by fame and Hollywood lifestyles by keeping herself home and away from the limelight, but Ms. Lawrence says she’s found a happy medium.
“I realized at some point that I can live this life in my own way, that there are ways of joining Hollywood without being someone other than myself. For example, I don’t have to go to the Chateau Marmont to have a birthday party. I can just have it at my house.”
Ms. Lawrence also said that fame, like anything else, has gotten easier over the course of time.
“I believe in myself more, and that makes things easier. Early on, you wear clothes you don’t want to wear or say the sound bite you didn’t want to say because you’re afraid to speak up or be rude. And then you start to feel like a puppet. Now I just speak up. ‘No, I know what my hair looks like when you do that, and I don’t like it. No, we’re not gonna just try it. I’ve already tried it.’ But things are tougher, too.”
Ms. Lawrence explored the other side of the coin as well.
“I can get movies fully greenlit, and hundreds of people are devoting years of their lives to something that may not be happening otherwise. Does that mean it’s good? I can’t be the only one with an opinion around here,” Jennifer said. “I’m really afraid that I sound like I’m complaining, which I’m totally not. I’m just explaining.”
This morning, Vanity Fair published a snippet of its upcoming cover story on Jennifer Lawrence, in which the actress addresses the leaking of her nude photos in August. “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” the actress says. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”
Lawrence’s statement signals a major change in tone. In the past, the MO for a young starlet whose private photos were leaked online was to stay silent or to apologize. In 2007, an 18-year-old Vanessa Hudgens publicly asked for support from her fans after a nude cellphone pic of her was stolen and published on the Internet. In 2011, Scarlett Johansson’s private photos, sent to her then-husband Ryan Reynolds, were also stolen and leaked, and while the hacker was tracked down and arrested, she seemed to carry a tinge of regret around the violation. In an interview with Vogue in 2012, the actress admitted, “When all those photos came out, of course I go out to dinner and think, Goddamn it, these people have all seen my. . . . ,” her voice trailing off.
Many actresses, including Lake Bell, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Brie Larson, have chosen to stay silent about leaks of their nude photos. When selfies of an unclothed Blake Lively surfaced in 2011, her representatives denied it was the actress altogether and claimed they were “100 percent fake,” prompting hackers to release even more photos—both naked and fully clothed—in an attempt to prove they were of Lively. (Lively has never confirmed that the photos were of her.) A few of the actresses involved in this recent hack, including Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande, have also denied the photos were of them. And Kirsten Dunst seemed downright resigned to the leaks when she told E! News, “I try to have a sense of humor about a really unfortunate situation.”
Lawrence is not apologizing. “I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for,” she says. “I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long-distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.” Lawrence goes after not only the hackers and publishers of the photos, but everyone else who plays a role in these violations of privacy: “Anybody who looked at those pictures, you’re perpetuating a sexual offense.” The statement comes as lawyer Marty Singer, reportedly representing a few of the celebrities involved in the hack, is threatening to sue Google for $100 million for “failing to act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the images but in knowingly accommodating, facilitating, and perpetuating the unlawful conduct.” By changing the tone from embarrassed to incensed, Lawrence’s stance on these leaks might just alter the way we all respond to them.
As New York Fashion Week winds down, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announces that next year’s Met Gala—the annual fashion ball—will be co-chaired by Hollywood’s brightest starlet, Jennifer Lawrence. The Oscar winner will be joined in co-chair capacity by titans in adjacent fields: Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, plus Chinese actress Gong Li and Wendi Murdoch, businesswoman and former wife of Richard Murdoch.
The event will take place on May 4, 2015, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center. The theme of both the event and the Met exhibit with which it aligns will be “Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion.”
What this entails, per Vogue.com:
“Chinese Whispers” will primarily examine how eastward-looking Westerners have understood, misunderstood, and appropriated Chinese culture in an exchange that Bolton likens to a complicated game of telephone (which the British call “Chinese whispers”). Drawing on more than a hundred couture and avant-garde samplings from designers as varied as Alexander McQueen and Laurence Xu, the cross-disciplinary exhibition will incorporate painting, decorative arts, and filmic representations of China, occupying both the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery of the Anna Wintour Costume Center and the Chinese galleries, located directly above.
Last year, the lavish red-carpet event was co-chaired by Sarah Jessica Parker and Lawrence’s co-star from Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and up next, Serena— Bradley Cooper.
It’s safe to say that as far as weeks go, this one has not been Jennifer Lawrence’s favorite. But today, one of our favorite stars is being celebrated for a rather kick-ass accomplishment: Lawrence has landed a spot in the 2015 edition of Guinness World Records.
The Oscar winner earned her place in the record book thanks to her success as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise. Combined, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have grossed more than $1.52 billion internationally, giving J.Law the title of highest-grossing action movie heroine ever.
Meanwhile, there are two (two!) more Hunger Games movies coming our way: Mockingjay: Part One will debut in November and part two will hit theaters next year. The follow-ups not only promise to help keep the actress in that top-earning spot, but will undoubtedly also make us love her even more. If that’s possible.
It was at the 2008 Venice Film Festival that Jennifer Lawrence — future Oscar winner, squirrel skinner, American warrior — signaled that she was no ordinary starlet. She wasn’t yet famous then, just a paparazzi afterthought to Charlize Theron, her co-star in “The Burning Plain,” one of those agonizingly dopey movies that play at major festivals because of their red-carpet power. During a pseudo-event for the movie, Ms. Theron spoke about the limited number of older actresses working in the industry and showered praise on another co-star, Kim Basinger, who wasn’t there. Ms. Lawrence apparently silenced the room by joking that Ms. Basinger had died. The girl can’t help it!
What Ms. Lawrence then said was funnier and so blunt that only a journalist for the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph appears to have repeated it. “Working with Kim was one of the most amazing moments of my life,” Ms. Lawrence said. “She’s so focused and smart and nice — everything you don’t expect when you hear you’re going to be working with Kim Basinger.” Was that a ditzy gaffe or a sly, funny dig of the kind that once might have come out of Judy Holliday? Or was Jennifer Lawrence just being Jennifer Lawrence, the best actress winner who tripped on her way to grab her Oscar for David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and then — in what was the perfect capper to the inanity of the awards season — flipped the bird at someone in the press room?
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Jennifer has been chosen by AP as the Entertainer of the Year.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The battle for AP Entertainer of the Year came down to the Girl on Fire and the Queen of Twerk.
Jennifer Lawrence edged out Miley Cyrus by one vote in The Associated Press’ annual survey of its newspaper and broadcast members and subscribers for Entertainer of the Year.
There were 70 ballots submitted by U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to consider who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2013.
Lawrence won 15 votes. Cyrus had 14. Netflix was a close third, earning 13 votes for altering the TV landscape with its on-demand format and hit original series.
But Lawrence — who started the year with an Academy Award for best actress, fueled a box-office franchise as The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, and wrapped 2013 with a critically acclaimed performance in American Hustle that just earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations — charmed fans everywhere with her candid sincerity.
She was also a fashion darling — a muse for Dior — who made headlines with her pixie haircut. (“That was the weirdest thing that ever happened to me,” she recently told Jon Stewart.)
Lawrence declined comment for this story.
The 23-year-old actress “is not only talented and beautiful, but comes off as incredibly intelligent, genuine, funny and well-spoken in her public appearances and interviews,” writes Kristi Runyan of The Derrick and The News-Herald Newspapers in Oil City, Pa. “It’s refreshing to see a young woman not squandering her talent and success by succumbing to the temptations many do in Hollywood and who actively speaks about the ridiculous behavior of some of her peers.”
Speaking of ridiculous behavior, Cyrus raised eyebrows throughout 2013 with her embrace of twerking, nudity and public pot smoking. The 21-year-old Wrecking Ball singer also made news with her pixie chop, but her breakup with fiancé Liam Hemsworth and highly sexualized (and scrutinized) performances made her water-cooler chatter all year.
“She made the biggest splash, without comment on whether I thought it was a good thing,” said Jim Turpin of KMPH-TV in Fresno, Calif.
Women have dominated the Entertainer of the Year contest. Past titleholders include Adele, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Betty White and Taylor Swift. Stephen Colbert is the lone male winner in seven years of voting.
Netflix commanded votes for changing viewing habits (binge-watch Breaking Bad, anyone?) and challenging the traditional TV-release concept with its original series. The outlet eschewed typical TV pilots and released a season’s worth of episodes at once of its acclaimed series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.
“In a divided entertainment landscape that includes the fans of pop princesses like Miley as well as high-minded devotees of cutting-edge filmmaking, Netflix is the one common denominator,” said Sean Stangland of Paddock Publications in suburban Chicago.
The beloved, Emmy-winning series Breaking Bad was in fourth place with 10 votes. Justin Timberlake, whose year included a pair of albums and top-selling tours, seven Grammy nominations and two film roles, claimed fifth place.