Being the “it” girl most of us movie buffs knew that Jennifer Lawrence had a great chance to take home the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role on Oscar Night for her role in Silver Linings Playbook (SLP), she is the toast of the town right now. Her personality has won over the people and obviously the voters. As she walked up to receive her Academy Award you knew something was going to happen and lo and behold she tripped on the stairs but as only Jennifer can, she picked herself back up and headed to stage to receive one of the most prestigious awards in film without batting an eyelash.
I admittedly have been on the Lawrence bandwagon for the last 5 months, watching her interviews and reading up on her past, present and future. My cinema crush on her has spread to my wife as well, who after she heard me talking about her, had to research her and find out what it is about her that I liked. Well this has just caused Jennifer Lawrence to get another fan in my wife. The question I ask myself now is what is about this girl that has men and women all over the world watching, listening, and following her every move?
Jennifer Lawrence has been acting since age 14 but her coming out party would have to be 2010 Winter’s Bone, a story of an Ozark girl on a mission to hunt down her drug dealing father while keeping her family together. Prior to that she did a lot of TV spots; Monk, Cold Case, Medium and the Bill Engvall Show and a few lesser known movies such as Like Crazy and The Beaver. Her second step in the ladder to superstardom had to come from her role as Raven/Mystique in X-Men: First Class which she has another film in the series due out in 2014.
I would say her ticket to super stardom really came to fruition after her starring role in The Hunger Games, where she held her own as Katniss, in what was one of the most anticipated movies of 2012. I enjoyed this film but I certainly was not blown away by the movie or by her performance, to me it was pretty standard. She also starred in a subpar horror movie House at the End of the Street and had a bit part in Devil You Know in the same year. These performances certainly did not do anything for her in the way of becoming the toast of the town but kept her on the radar and working.
The movie that broke the dam wide open in my opinion was Silver Linings Playbook, her honesty and sincerity came through in that film and although she was a bit deranged and a bit of a lunatic we loved that about her in that film. When watching SLP I could not help but come up with a comparison to Rene Zellweger in Jerry Maguire, two completely different characters but there was something so tangible in both their characters that all of America could relate to and fall in love with.
Jennifer Lawrence is certainly not going anywhere soon, with the upcoming release of Serena, starring SLP co-star Bradley Cooper, where she plays a barren wife of a timber man during the depression and the 2nd part of the Hunger Games Trilogy Catching Fire due out this year, she will certainly be on the radar. She also has an untitled project with SLP director David O’ Russell and she is in pre-production for the 2nd X-Men film Days of Futures Past.
I may be in the minority here but I do not think it is her acting that has everyone on the Lawrence bus, I think it is the way she carries herself off camera, well kind of, that has the world buzzing. Her interviews are candid and honest, her sense of humor and presence overwhelm us. She is in a sense the anti-actress. Real, clumsy, funny, open and humble, these are the qualities we are attracted to and that are rare in Hollywood. Although she is talented and beautiful there is a “je ne sais quoi” about her that keeps us intrigued and searching for more information. I have to admit that I have not been blown away by her acting but I still want to see more of her and I am eager to see how she matures in her roles and projects. Obviously others want to see more of her in a different way also, as search engines across the world have been inundated with the search “Jennifer Lawrence naked.” In the effort to provide quality research I to did the search and came up empty, so save yourself the time but I did find these.