Category: Articles & Interviews

2013 Dec 23

Jennifer Lawrence and Jack Nicholson’s Flirty Back-and-Forth Didn’t End with Their Amazing Oscars Run-In

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:


2013 Dec 21

Oscar Wrap: Inside ‘American Hustle’: David O. Russell Takes His All-Star Cast on Wild Ride to the ’70s

Scans from the issue are available in the gallery, many thanks to Luciana. And below is a preview of the article:

The cast talks with TheWrap about the director’s unconventional approach while filming the period tale

There’s never been a film quite like “American Hustle.”

The bellbottoms, big hair, coke snorting and propulsive pop soundtrack evoke earlier ’70s throwbacks, like “Boogie Nights” and “Anchorman.” And the story of crooked politicians, charming con artists and the feds who bring them together is reminiscent of caper movies like “Ocean’s Eleven.” Yet “American Hustle” still defies all expectations — it’s funny and tragic, often at the same moment, and a masterpiece of shifting moods.

The movie serves as a coda in a trilogy of reinvention for director David O. Russell, whose last two works, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Fighter,” together scored 15 Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture for both) and won three Oscars for acting. “I want to do movies that are rooted in characters and that are based on their emotional lives and their struggles for survival and desire for reinvention,” Russell told TheWrap. “This theme of reinvention is what leapt out at me. It’s very American.”

That American theme binds the trilogy together, even though the films seem wildly different on the surface. “The Fighter” is an inspirational boxing movie with vivid and often comic characters. “Silver Linings Playbook” is a charming romantic comedy, with drops of pathos mixed in to leaven 
the uplift. And “American Hustle” riffs on 
the crime genre, dramatizing one of the most bizarre moments in law-enforcement history: the Abscam operation in which FBI employees posed as Arab sheiks in an effort to catch public officials on the take.

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2013 Nov 25

Jennifer Lawrence Refused to Lose Weight For Hunger Games

The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence recently told SciFiNow how she was told to lose weight when she signed onto play Katniss Everdeen. And as if we couldn’t love the down-to-earth starlet any more, she explained how she took a metaphorical bow and arrow to their suggestion and shot it straight down.

“In the first movie, when it was obviously being talked about, like, ‘It’s the Hunger Games, you have to lose 10lb,’ I was like, ‘We have control over this image, we have control over this role model. Why would we make her something unobtainable and thin?’” Lawrence said.

“This is a person that young girls – well, all women, but mainly young girls – will be looking up to and are going to want to look like her, and we have control over it, so why not make her strong? Why not make her beautiful and healthy and fit?

“I was very adamant about that, because I think that our industry doesn’t take enough responsibility for what it does to our society, about having these unrealistic expectations, and I don’t want to be part of that. I remember what it felt like to be 14 years old and looking at a Victoria’s Secret model, and thinking, ‘I’ll never look like that.’ I don’t want to make someone feel like that.”

The 23-year-old has been known to lash out at the US TV show, The Fashion Police, where presenter Joan Rivers critiques celebrity outfits and body shapes. “The thing that upsets me the most is when anybody says anything to one of the people from a show like that, they say, ‘Well, welcome to the real world!’” Lawrence continues.

“The world’s not really going to change if we just keep saying stuff like that. What if, in the ‘50s, someone had said, ‘Why should black people use a separate bathroom?’ and you said, ‘Welcome to the real world!’ Nothing really changes as long as someone has that mentality, until someone has the mentality of, ‘We aren’t going to call anybody ‘fat’ on TV because I think it’s incredibly dangerous.’ I think that everybody is responsible for the effect that they have. And it fires me up!”

Consider the world officially put to rights.


2013 Nov 21

Jennifer Lawrence Doesn’t Understand Why The World Is Obsessed With Her Hair

Jennifer Lawrence has had a pretty incredible twelve months. Let’s take a few minutes to recap quickly. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress. Weirdos started sleeping on her lawn. She finished near the top of a ton of those most beautiful women lists. She filmed American Hustle which could potentially net her another Oscar nomination, and she’s just days away from releasing Hunger Games: Catching Fire. That collective madness would be enough to overwhelm most people, but to Lawrence, it’s all positively normal compared to the world’s response to her recent haircut.

That’s right. During an interview, the actress talked about her wild rise to fame, and she cited the strangest part as the Internet’s crazy, over-the-top reaction to her chopping off her once flowing locks. Here’s the exact quote, as per USA Today…

“Can you ever imagine? If anyone wants to know the weirdest thing, it’s getting your hair cut and seeing it on the news. Terrorists probably knew about my haircut. I can blow-dry my hair in two minutes. It’s awesome.”

It’s actually amusing how much truth there is to that statement. Hollywood is like a culture breathing dragon, and as an it girl, what she does is quickly beamed to the rest of the world. Terrorists might be a bit of a stretch, but I’m sure in the middle of bum fuck South America, there were people arguing about whether or not she looks better with short hair. That’s a weird idea to think about from the outside looking in. God only knows how bizarre it must be from the inside out.

In a way, the above quote is a good snapshot analysis for why the world has fallen so hard for this girl. Her thoughts, especially on fame, always seem so incredibly sensible. In truth, many of us would probably be raging monsters if we were suddenly rich and blessed with over-the-moon popularity, but deep down, we would like to believe that we’d continue to laugh at ourselves, make funny little comments about the absurdity of it all and most especially, give interviews like this.

In case you’re the only breathing human being in the Americas who hasn’t gotten a chance to check out J-Law’s shortened hair, I’ve gone ahead and embedded a huge image below, courtesy of her Facebook page. The jury is still out as to whether or not she will elect to keep it that close to her head over the long haul, but regardless of what she decides to do, the more important thing for her is that she keeps that beautiful smile and charming personality.



2013 Nov 16

Jennifer Lawrence Has a Great Answer for Any Strangers Who Ask to Be Her Best Friend

Jennifer Lawrence in Rome

One week and approximately a billion media questions about her haircut later, Jennifer Lawrence is still on the Catching Fire promotion circuit. The reigning best-actress-Oscar winner has circled the globe as part of her contractual obligations to the Hunger Games sequel, out tomorrow, and while visibly fatigued, Lawrence is still somehow eking out new endearing anecdotes, just at a slightly reduced pace.

The revelations made during this week’s press rounds:

The one person Lawrence would totally freak out over meeting is Bill Murray.

She has already freaked out over meeting Jeff Bridges and Jack Nicholson.

She will go to the mat for any secondary after-school activity that is not officially considered a sport.

When one of her fellow cast members, off track from a question, mentioned that synchronized swimming is not a sport, Lawrence jumped in defensively. “I was a cheerleader, and I don’t like it when people said that wasn’t a sport,” Lawrence said. “I can understand what you are insinuating with the synchronized-swimming thing, and let me tell you, they are athletes!”

If a complete stranger asks to be her best friend, she will not immediately say no.

One junket reporter dared to ask both the actress and Hutcherson point-blank whether they would be her best friends. While Hutcherson laughed off the question, Lawrence barely hesitated in responding, “What’s your favorite channel on TV?” Unfortunately, the Clevver News interviewer and potential B.F.F. failed the pop quiz by answering “the Travel Channel.”

After Lawrence laughed derisively, immediately dismissing the potential relationship, the journalist managed to regain footing by offering both actors candy bracelets that she had in an unmarked envelope. “We can be best friends now,” Lawrence conceded, taking the bribe. After gnawing through the entire bracelet during their brief interview, Lawrence promised her new B.F.F. that she would hold onto the saliva-covered string as a token of their fleeting best-friendship.

When asked what kind of product she would like to see her face on, as part of Hunger Games franchising, Jennifer Lawrence has a very practical answer.

After Hutcherson beat her to “toilet paper,” Lawrence said, “paper towels, because those are one of those things you’re are always so grateful to see, like wash rags . . . ’cause you are always out of paper towels. No one thinks to buy them.”

If you are a paparazzi, never ever bring a date on your J.Law-tracking mission.

After telling a horrific story about a Prius-driving paparazzo who brought along his girlfriend to hound Lawrence all day in her neighborhood, and how they flicked off the actress, she revealed that she has a revenge plan the next time she sees him: “I am going to bring him a cup of coffee with some antifreeze in it.”

Accuse Jennifer Lawrence of being whatever you want—just not a bad kisser.

“You’ve never complained about slobber in any other kissing scene!” Lawrence yelled at Josh at the insinuation that she slobbered on her co-star in any scene aside from the one she admitted accidentally slobbered on him. “I am not a wet kisser. That is gross. I would never be a swamp kisser, ever. Ever!’
Jennifer Lawrence once almost flipped out on Josh Hutcherson’s mother for not fulfilling her pizza delivery duties.
The most exciting moment, for Lawrence at least, occurred during an AOL conversation yesterday with her co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin. As she powered through repetitive fan inquiries, something caused the actress to recall a pizza-related incident that occurred in Lawrence’s downtime with Hutcherson on location in Hawaii. Readers, the two Catching Fire leads related this story with more vigor, enthusiasm, and eventually post-traumatic anger than they had summoned in all junket interviews combined. It was as if they were recounting a tale of finding buried treasure after years of searching, only to realize that the treasure was some desert mirage.

As is my duty as’s primary J.Law archivist, I’ve transcribed the anecdote in full below.

Jennifer, randomly: Remember when your mom didn’t order that pizza that one time, and I was so mad?

Josh: [You were so angry that] you had to walk away. . . . So we were at a house that we had over in Hawaii. We were all going out on this little adventure in kayaks from my house across the ocean to these other small islands. . .

Jennifer: It was 45 minutes there, and 45 minutes back.

Josh: My mom said for us to call her when we . . .

Jennifer: . . . got to the island . . .

Josh: . . . because she is going to order pizza that takes 45 minutes [to make and deliver].

Jennifer: So by the time we get back . . . the pizza is there.

Josh: So we paddle all the way back and literally the only thing that is keeping us going is . . .

Jennifer: . . . we’re all chanting, “Pizza, pizza!”

Josh: . . . and then we get [home], and the pizza has not even been ordered.

Jennifer: I’m like, [in angry giant voice] “Where is the pizza?!’’

Josh: She said, “Oh, want me to order it?”

Jennifer: I was like [mimes walking away], “Yoga breathing, yoga breathing.”


2013 Nov 09

Jennifer Lawrence on Going Deaf for Catching Fire, Her Deepest Insecurity, and the Actor Who Told Her to Give Back Her Oscar

Yesterday, universally beloved actress Jennifer Lawrence appeared on the publicity circuit to chat about Hunger Games: Catching Fire, unveil a brand new punk-pixie coiffure, and further endear herself to the universe with a new batch of lovably unpretentious anecdotes.

Among them: that her decision to chop off her hair was motivated not by vanity but by excessive dye damage and the fact that her hair simply, as she said, “couldn’t get any uglier.” “It grew to an awkward, gross length,” Lawrence told Yahoo C.E.O. Marissa Mayer during a panel discussion, “and I kept putting it back in a bun, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to do this,’ so I just cut it off.”

Lawrence also took the time to reassure concerned Hunger Games fans: “This isn’t how Katniss is going to look in the next movies; I’m wearing a wig for filming.”

Other endearing J.Law anecdotes from yesterday’s press rounds:

If Lawrence had to pick an alternate career, she’d choose “hotel maid” . . .

“. . . because I really like to clean and also look through people’s stuff. And it’s always like new people every day. . . And I would like to think a nurse or a doctor because I’ve always been interested in the human body and everything gross. But I don’t think I could make it through school. But if I could just show up, then a nurse or a doctor.”

She really enjoyed her wetsuit scenes in Catching Fire for T.M.I. reasons.

“Josh [Hutcherson] and I could just swim in the water or, like, pee any time you want[ed]. Anytime you have to pee, you can just run right in the water. It was amazing.”

On the flip side, she did not enjoy wearing the couture wedding gown in Catching Fire.

Since it required her to relieve herself in a bucket between takes. “That’s hard to do when you can’t see.”

Lawrence thinks she has a hideous crying face.

After watching Catching Fire, she thought to herself, “‘Oh my God. You have to find a prettier crying face. You need to keep it together.’ I’m going to try to do more crying where it’s, like, beautiful tears falling down my face and not changing anything, instead of [scrunching] this face.”

Hunger Games: Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence forced her to try Spam sushi during filming in Hawaii, and it was disgusting.

The mojitos at her hotel, she revealed, were amazing, though.

Jennifer Lawrence is really jealous that Josh Hutcherson was Punk’d by MTV.

She had no idea that Punk’d was even still on the air, but now that she knows, she would really like to be targeted by the MTV show.

She once forfeited her chance to work on a great movie on behalf of Amanda Seyfried.

She said that she read a comedy script that she absolutely loved once, but she couldn’t stop thinking about Amanda Seyfried in the role. So instead of auditioning, she called the producers and said they should hire Seyfried.

Lawrence lost her hearing while filming Catching Fire.

“I went deaf in one ear for months. . . . But that wasn’t actually physically challenging. It was just ear challenging because I got all of these ear infections from the diving and the water and all of that stuff. And then a jet from one of the cornucopia scenes punctured my eardrum.”

One actor continually tells her to return her Oscar.

Every time Lawrence flubbed her lines during shooting, her Catching Fire co-star Woody Harrelson would crack, “Well, you better give that Oscar back.”

It would take a lot to get her to play Fantasy Football.

“You’d have to teach me how to use a computer. Then you’d have to teach me about football. And then you’d have to tie me down and force my eyeballs open.”

Her deepest, darkest concern about fame:

“I guess my main worry is that people will start hating what I hate about myself. I worry that everybody will think I am really annoying and just want me to shut up. Which would make so much sense because I annoy myself . . . I guess I want people to know that if they are annoyed with me, I get it, it’s totally cool. Please forgive me.”


2013 Nov 09

Jennifer Lawrence explains pixie cut, slams ‘Fashion Police’

Jennifer Lawrence New Haircut

Jennifer Lawrence’s new pixie haircut is “catching fire,” but the result came from dye damage and other overstyling.

No, it wasn’t just to freak out “Hunger Games” fans who shudder at the thought of Katniss Everdeen without her signature brunet braid.

“No, this isn’t how Katniss is going to look in the next movies, don’t worry,” the 23-year-old star said during a Yahoo chat on Thursday. “I’m wearing a wig [in them].”

“I don’t know, I cut it earlier, and it was just kind of like [shoulder-length] and it grew to that awkward, gross length,” she said. “I just kept putting it back in a bun, and I said, ‘Well I don’t want to do this,’ so I just cut it off.”

It “couldn’t get any uglier,” she quipped.

Just after that, the trend-setting starlet went on a long-winded tirade about body image in Hollywood after an audience member solicited advice for people experiencing harsh disparagement from their peers.

“Well, screw those people,” she said. “It’s something that everybody experiences. I experienced it in school. The world has a certain idea — we see this airbrushed perfect model image. … You just have to look past it. You look how you look. And be comfortable. What are you gonna do, be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.”

Then the Dior spokeswoman went after E!’s snark fest “Fashion Police,” hosted by sharp-tongued comedienne Joan Rivers.

“And there’s shows like the ‘Fashion Police’ and things like that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on things… that they put values in all the things that are wrong and that it’s OK to point at people and call them ugly and call them fat and they call it ‘fun’ and ‘welcome to the real world.’ And it’s like, that shouldn’t be the real world. That’s going to keep being the real world if you keep it that way. It’s not until we stop treating each other like that and just stop calling each other fat … with these unrealistic expectations for women. It’s disappointing that the media keeps it alive and fuels that fire,” she said.

“That’s something that really bothers me because I love to eat,” she finished with a laugh.


Lawrence also revealed that she had a thing for ‘N Sync frontman Justin Timberlake. Before he left the band, that is.

“My teen crush — Justin Timberlake. Nineties Justin Timberlake though, like ‘NSYNC Justin Timberlake,” she added. “I remember when I bought the ‘NSYNC CD, and I was listening to it and I was flipping through –- remember how CDs had the pull-out picture things? And I was getting so overwhelmed with hormones that I almost threw up.”

Add to the list the Lawrence brothers, “Boy Meets World” actor Matthew Lawrence and “a little bit” of “Growing Pains” alum Kirk Cameron.

During a Global Google+ Hangout, the playful actress again explained why she’d opted for her shortened look, first joking that it was to upset “Hunger Games” director Francis Lawrence (no relation).

“I just did it to make Francis mad,” she laughed. “I did it just to annoy him. No, it was just at that awkward length … the first time I cut it to [shoulder-length], he totally thought it was me giving him the finger.

“But it’s not,” she admitted. “It’s just fried from being dyed so much.”


2013 Mar 23

Oscar-winning, blockbuster-fronting Jennifer Lawrence seems to have the odds ever in her favor

Jennifer Lawrence didn’t just win the Oscar for Best Actress last month. She basically won the whole Oscars. (Apologies to Ben Affleck.) She charmed late-night hosts — and Academy voters — with a disarming blend of bawdy humor and compulsive oversharing in the weeks before the ceremony. She rocked the red carpets with a variety of gorgeous gowns. More importantly, she was the only nominee who arrived at the Dolby Theatre currently fronting a $400 million blockbuster franchise. Certainly, she was wonderful and deserving of the Academy Award for her performance as a dispirited young widow in The Silver Linings Playbook, but as she accepted the Oscar, there was also a palpable recognition that she is The Future: a young, beautiful indie-film queen who can also carry and sell an action franchise.

At only 22, with an Oscar and central roles in The Hunger Games and X-Men, Lawrence appears to be the right actress in the right movies at the right time. “Everyone wants to work with her, whether it’s another actor or actress or a director or a studio,” says David Glasser, COO of The Weinstein Company, which distributed Silver Linings. “I think everybody right now wants to find that great Jennifer Lawrence Project.”

After auditioning and losing the role of Twilight’s Bella to Kristen Stewart, the first great Jennifer Lawrence Project was Winter’s Bone, the gritty 2010 indie in which Lawrence played a tough Ozark teen looking after her poverty-stricken younger siblings, no thanks to her MIA dad and mentally ill mom. Appearing in virtually every scene, she dazzled critics and was nominated for her first Oscar. “There was something about her [audition] and the way she was able to convey having the burden of this family on her shoulders. It’s not even something that you can really act,” says Paul Schnee, who along with Kerry Barden, cast that Sundance film. “Knowing the demands of the role, I was [like], ‘This is the girl! This is the girl!’”
Most everyone who has ever worked with Lawrence seems to have a version of that “This is the girl!” moment. When Lionsgate announced plans to adapt Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, Lawrence was an immediate contender for its starring role, in part due to Katniss Everdeen’s similarities to her independent, backwoods character from Winter’s Bone. But Gary Ross (Seabiscuit), who landed the plum assignment to script and direct The Hunger Games, hadn’t yet seen her in that movie. His epiphany came when he spent three days writing voiceover for Jodie Foster’s movie The Beaver, in which Lawrence played Anton Yelchin’s girlfriend.

“Just looking at the film over and over again, I just kept saying, ‘Who’s this actress?’ I just couldn’t believe the talent,” says Ross, who’s called casting Lawrence as Katniss the easiest movie decision he ever made. “It wasn’t even like a casting quote choice. I honestly felt lucky that an actress this good existed at that moment for that film. That’s how I felt. I remember saying to Lionsgate when we were casting, ‘Look, this comes along once every 10 years.’ Someone walks in the door with that kind of massive talent, it knocks you back in your chair.”

Action movies have historically been a man’s world, and Hollywood’s most successful actresses, like Julia Roberts, settled for carving out their dominion in the most lucrative genre available to their gender: romantic comedies. Twenty years ago, even when Jodie Foster stood on a similar pedestal of arthouse and multiplex success right after Silence of the Lambs, you might have been tossed out of the studio suite for pitching a $100 million franchise built around a female protagonist (Sigourney Weaver in the Alien movies was among very few exceptions). But there’s been a shift in the culture and hardly anyone blinked in 2010 when Angelina Jolie — already Lara Croft and Mrs. Smith — successfully delivered Salt, an action thriller initially conceived for Tom Cruise.

Today’s action-movie heroines are no longer damsels in distress. They’re tough (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), brave (Brave), and as lethal with a weapon as their male counterparts (Snow White and the Huntsman). When Lawrence was cast as Katniss in 2011, she became the face not only of Collins’ dystopian-future Joan of Arc, but the new face of real girl-power at the box office. Hunger Games opened like a superhero, with a $152.5 million weekend, and went on to gross more than any movie of 2012 except The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.

But Ross wasn’t the first one to leverage Lawrence’s talent for a huge popcorn spectacular. X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn cast her to play a younger version of Mystique, the blue-skinned mutant played by Rebecca Romijn in the original films, for his 2011 preboot. Her supporting character took a backseat to mutant frenemies played by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, but the actress made an immediate impression on First Class producer Bryan Singer, who’s directing the sequel, Days of Future Past.

“There was a sequence they were doing with James and Mike, and I noticed that she had no trouble speaking her mind, in a fun way,” laughs Singer. “She and Matthew sort of had a back and forth about what was working and what wasn’t, and it just sort of struck me that of all the actors standing on the platform, she was among the youngest and yet she was able to be the most vocal.”
For anyone’s who’s chuckled through one of Lawrence’s freewheeling, b.s.-free interviews where she jokes about her breasts, pretends to fart, or playfully jousts with Jack Nicholson, such a tale is hardly difficult to imagine. “I don’t think Jennifer is intimidated by anything or anybody,” says Ross. “I’d be amazed if she ever had been. She’s one of the more confident people I’ve ever met in my life, but it’s earned. She has the talent to back it up.”


2013 Feb 26

Oscars 2013: Do-over! Jennifer Lawrence tells EW she forgot to thank ..

85th Annual Academy Awards - Show“Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence was the talk of the town at Sunday night’s awards after her bumpy walk to the stage and her candid acceptance speech made headlines. But she forgot to thank two people critical to the making of Silver Linings Playbook — director David O. Russell and producer Harvey Weinstein. Below, she shares her thanks to them in a statement released to EW:”

In the whirlwind of last night, I was remiss to thank two incredibly important people to this film and in my life.
David O. Russell: Thank you for the most incredible experience of my life. Thank you for your genius, for your guidance, for teaching me things about myself and nurturing me to be a better actor. You have so much passion and such a bleeding heart, you believe not only in your films but what your films can do for people and that is the most important thing that I have learned from you.
Harvey Weinstein: You championed this movie and its story from early days. Your passion and unyielding support gave this film the opportunity to thrive and touch so many people.
Thank you to both. I will never be able to forgive myself for such a brain fart but I hope that you both can. Obviously it was not on purpose, I couldn’t remember what I had already said and my mind went completely blank–your brain does funny things during the most overwhelming moment of your life!


2013 Feb 11

Jennifer Lawrence: The Nonconformist

Jen W Magazine

n the Monday before Thanksgiving, Jennifer Lawrence was standing nearly naked in a hotel room in Beverly Hills. “I have no modesty left,” she said as she decided what to wear for an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, followed by a taping of The Tonight Show, and in the evening, the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, Silver Linings Playbook. She had already been to two photo shoots that day, and on one of them, a hairstylist wove dreadlocks into her long, naturally blonde hair, which had been dyed brown for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment of the grimly futuristic trilogy.

The first Hunger Games, which came out in 2012, grossed almost $700 million worldwide and made Lawrence, who plays the intrepid teenage warrior Katniss Everdeen, an international star. Between chapters 1 and 2, she filmed Silver Linings, a dark romantic comedy. “I like that my character knows that she’s crazy—and accepts it,” ­Lawrence told me. “She says, ‘Keep being weird! Just be proud of it.’ ”

Although she’s not remotely cuckoo, Lawrence, 22, is stubbornly, wonderfully true to herself, and that self is not constrained by Holly­wood’s usual rules of conformity. For instance, while she is a newly named face of Christian Dior, Lawrence loves to eat and is, as she bluntly puts it, “fat, by Hollywood’s standards.” And even though her fame has escalated rapidly, Lawrence still lives in the modest condo in Santa Monica she moved into in 2006, when she was 16 and playing the rebellious teenage daughter on the TBS series The Bill Engvall Show. Despite an Oscar nomination for 2010’s very serious Winter’s Bone, Lawrence can still quote Dumb and Dumber from beginning to end. She speaks her mind and is not guarded or conventional. When I asked her what superpower she would want to have, Lawrence said, “It would be horrible to read people’s thoughts. I always know when I’m being lied to, and that drives me nuts.”

Perhaps that’s the key to Lawrence’s honesty: She doesn’t want to betray her own need for the truth. “I don’t think I’m particularly brave or bold or different from anyone else,” Lawrence insisted. “I just think this is an easier way to be.” Usually, this outsize a personality is hard to subsume into a role, but Lawrence disappears into her characters. In Silver Linings, she plays a widow who has Goth tendencies, with no shred of the actress’s real-life bounding friendliness. “I am like the movie in one way: I’m superstitious,” she said, slipping into a fitted black and white tweed Dior dress. “Whenever it’s 11:11, I make all of the people around me wish that my boyfriend [the actor Nicholas Hoult] not get killed in a motorbike accident. He just bought a motorbike, and I think my ritual will keep him alive. The other night, at 11:11 p.m., I told an entire bar to say, ‘Nick will not die in a motorbike accident.’ And they did it.” I asked her if she repeated this ritual at 11:11 a.m. too. “I don’t wake up for it!” Lawrence exclaimed. “God, I hardly ever wake up before 11. I’m an artist! I need at least 18 hours a night, with catnaps.” Lawrence laughed and picked up her bag to leave for Ellen. “I’m not that crazy,” she said, half-joking. “But I am an artist.”


2013 Feb 11

This Week in Jennifer Lawrence Quotes: Sweatpants, Carpools, and Step Brothers

Jennifer LawrenceSome actors wilt under the pressures of Oscar season, a months-long slog that forces them to give daily interviews about the same movie over and over again. Fortunately, Jennifer Lawrence is not one of them. The Silver Linings Playbook actress and Best Actress front-runner has been hitting the social circuit hard over the past week (perhaps she’s making up for lost time, since an overlong X-Men: First Class shoot prevented Lawrence from doing much press in 2011 for her Winter’s Bone nomination), and whether she’s promoting Silver Linings on Conan, attending the annual Oscar nominees luncheon, or receiving an award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, she’s dropping quotable bon mots right and left. Here are eight things we’ve learned about Lawrence over the past week:

She’s obsessed with Conan O’Brien:
“I’ve been watching the show for fifteen years, and I’m 22 years old,” Lawrence said to the talk-show host at the top of her Conan appearance. “I’m such a [fan]. Oh my God. The producer said to me, ‘Andy Richter’s going to hug you,’ and I started tearing up. You coming in [to my dressing room] put me at a 10, emotionally, and then her telling me that put me at a 15, and I couldn’t handle it.”

She loves John Stamos:
“He was at a party, and I turned into a perverted guy,” Lawrence told O’Brien. “I was following him into rooms and staring at his ass. I lost my mind. And I got so upset — I didn’t want to meet him, because when I meet people, it’s never good, and I was avoiding him — but then my friends brought him over because my friends are jerks, and I started really freaking out, and he asked me if I was on mushrooms, and I said, ‘No, I’m dead sober. This is just me.'”

She had a short-lived Abercrombie & Fitch modeling career in her teens:
“There’s this one picture where this girl’s just about to catch this football,” Lawrence said to O’Brien, “and behind her, I’m, like, flared nostrils, red face, my hair’s crazy and I’m midair, RAAAHH! … I thought that overnight I had just gotten really good at football, then I realized they were model footballing, and I was really playing football.”

She’s going for a high-fashion moment at the Oscars this year:
“I’m going to wear sweatpants,” Lawrence initially joked at the Oscar nominees luncheon, before adding, “Last time, [I dressed for] comfort. This year, I’m like, ‘Suck it up, wear a corset.’ I am going to go for fashion this time.” Is it difficult to pick an Oscar dress after months of wearing pretty frocks to premieres and awards shows? “That’s the problem with the Oscars: They’re always at the end where you are just exhausted from dressing up, so I never care,” said Lawrence. “Now, I will. Fashion.”

Spanx is her friend:
“Eating normally calms me down,” continued Lawrence at the Oscar luncheon. “I remember, before the [2011] Oscars, I was wearing that skintight dress, and I ate a Philly cheesesteak and fries. I was like, ‘This is definitely going to help,’ which it didn’t, ’cause I had to double Spanx it.”

The highlight of the Oscar luncheon was …
” … Sally Field asking me to carpool to some cocktail party,” said Lawrence. “And I just invited Jacki Weaver, and I’m trying to get [Naomi] Watts. Carpooling with Sally Field. Make my dreams come true.” J-Law added that all the actresses should rent a van together for awards-circuit purposes. “And all of us just unload: [Anne] Hathaway, Watts, [Jessica] Chastain, me! Like a clown car. It’ll be a lot more fun that way, and more intense.”

She doesn’t do a whole lot of preparation for her roles:
“I never actually read my lines until I show up,” Lawrence confessed at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. “It started out as a lazy thing. And then my friend was over, and she was like, ‘What scene are you doing tomorrow?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know. Is that bad? Is there a point in my career where I should start learning my lines for work?’ And she was like, ‘Well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ So, that’s that. I don’t have a way of doing anything, so I like to just mold to whatever the director likes. And I find that a lot easier to do when I don’t already have something set in my mind and I can just show up.”

What kind of movie would Lawrence like to direct, when the time comes?
“It would be like Step Brothers,” Lawrence told the SBIFF audience. “I’m serious! I saw Step Brothers and I was like, ‘Why didn’t I direct that?'”


2012 Oct 10

Jennifer Lawrence named Dior’s new muse

VOGUE cover girl Jennifer Lawrence is the new face of Christian Dior. The Hunger Games actress has been hired to front the label’s Miss Dior handbag campaign, to be unveiled in magazines early spring next year, WWD reports.

The collaboration marks the first time the 22 year old has worked with a luxury fashion house, although she attended Raf Simons’ Dior couture debut in July earlier this year.

Like everyone else, I first discovered Jennifer Lawrence in the roles she played in action movies,” said Dior creative director Raf Simons. “I was, of course, struck by her incredible on-screen presence in these blockbuster films, but also impressed by her powerful interpretations of subtler more rounded characters. Her youth and her classic beauty, but also her force of character and the complexity she’s capable of embodying at such a young age, are, for me, both unique and very moving.

Previous Dior ambassadors have included Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron.

I’m very excited at the idea of working with Dior and wearing Raf Simons’ new creations,” said Lawrence. “His debut ready-to-wear and haute couture have distilled all the glamour of Dior into the modern era.”


2012 Feb 17

Jennifer’s Mom pushes her to do films

Jennifer talked to Total Film about how her mother is the one who pushed her to do The Hunger Games. While that sounds like her mother may have been pushy, she actually was being helpful. Jennifer claims that her mother reasoned with her on why she should do it and forget about the size of it.

“I always got asked why I did indies, not studio films, and I said it was about the script, it’s not about how big it is, And she was like, ‘This is a script you love, a character you love, and you’re about to turn it down because of the size of it? You’re a hypocrite! My mom has a terrible habit of reading books, telling me to read them and then me doing the movie – she did the same with ‘Winter’s Bone.”

2012 Feb 02

Jennifers Hunger Games role dictated her hair

The Belfast Telegraph has an article about Jennifer’s hair in The Hunger Games  where she plays Katniss Everdeen.

Jennifer Lawrence’s “athletic” The Hunger Games film role decided her signature on-screen hairstyle.

The stunning actress stars as Katniss Everdeen in the highly anticipated picture.

The film is set in a future where a boy and girl from the 12 districts are selected to fight to the death on live television. Jennifer’s character Katniss volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest battle.

The Hunger Games’ on-set hairstylist Linda Flowers has revealed how she decided on Jennifer’s character’s signature braided look.

“I thought about her character’s reality – she’s a hunter who is active and very physical. So I wanted something easy that an athlete would wear and most importantly wouldn’t get in the way of her bow and arrow. That’s how I decided on the side braid,” she told Beauty High.

“I also wanted the braid to be visible from all camera angles, so I had it start on the left side of her head and wove it around to the right.”

Linda says braided tresses were a huge part of Katniss’ look.

The hair professional couldn’t get enough of the no-nonsense style on set.

“During the scene when she rides a chariot in the Capitol wearing the dress that’s on fire, we mixed in ten different plait styles into her updo,” she said. “It was like a head dress of braids!”


2012 Jan 31

‘X-Men: First Class’ Reunion Set for Director Matthew Vaughn, Cast

Looks like Jennifer will be really busy this year. So many amazing roles 🙂

The team behind the 2011 franchise origins pic, including stars Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, are locked in for another installment.

Concurrent with today’s announcement that Emma Watts renewed her contract as 20th Century Fox production president until 2015, it was revealed that Fox has closed deals for Matthew Vaughn and the cast of X-Men: First Class to return for the forthcoming sequel.

Vaughn joins previously-announced collaborators Bryan Singer (X-Men and X2), who is producing, and Simon Kinberg, who wrote Sherlock Holmes, but perhaps more importantly to fans of the franchise, the critically-reviled X-Men: The Last Stand.

An X-Men: First Class sequel would offer Vaughn his first successful franchise after stalled efforts to turn Stardust and Kick-Ass into film series. Meanwhile, in October the filmmaker discussed the possibility of taking on The Secret Service or Superior, two other projects which would reunite him with his Kick-Ass collaborator, Mark Millar.

X-Men: First Class successfully relaunched the marquee franchise, and was one of the best reviewed tentpoles of the year, as well as earning $353.6 million worldwide. The sequel should benefit from the attention Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence have attracted via upcoming projects such as Fassbender’s Prometheus and Lawrence’s starring role in the hotly anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games.