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Jennifer Lawrence (Actress Spotlight)

Actress Spotlight

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.





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  • Chris February 28, 2013, 7:22 pm

    In the words of George Takai…Oh Myyy!

  • Sir Phobos February 28, 2013, 7:35 pm

    I gotta say, I watched The Hunger Games for the second time a few weeks ago, and I think she’s pretty damn good in it. She kept a great balance of being scared yet confident. I enjoyed the movie as a whole a little more the second time around, also.

    House at the End of the Street was pretty bad, though. She was fine, but the rest…

    I’m actually glad there are no naked pictures of her. That would cheapen her appeal somehow, at least to me. I totally like the ones you did find, though.

    • scottydynamite March 1, 2013, 4:36 am

      I just do not think she has taken “that” role yet, she is pretty good in all her films but there has just not been a performance where I was like, wow she is a great actress. She is good, no doubt about that, but I think she has a ways to go, acting wise.

      • Adam March 1, 2013, 6:56 am

        Maybe I need to re-watch that film. I did not hate it but it just seemed like the action had been dumbed down a bit to get that PG-13 rating.

        • Sir Phobos March 1, 2013, 2:19 pm

          I haven’t read the books, so the movie is all I can comment on. FYI.

          I didn’t really feel like it was an action movie, so I didn’t mind that there wasn’t a lot of it. The world and characters kept me interested, and I thought the little pockets of action were pretty well done. I didn’t ever want it to have more gore or intensity or whatever would make it an R. On my rewatch, the shaky cam stuff wasn’t even as bothersome as I remembered it.

          I would like to see/know more about life inside the city and the uprising that started the hunger games. Could be some good stuff there.

  • Chris February 28, 2013, 8:43 pm

    Honestly, I was more impressed with her performance in The Hunger Games than I was from SLP, but that’s just me! I’ll definitely agree with you concerning how she carries herself off camera. She’s pretty adorable IRL, and if she weren’t so cool off camera, I honestly could see myself growing increasingly annoyed by all her awards recognition and finding her overrated.

    • scottydynamite March 1, 2013, 4:39 am

      My cohorts thought she was great in SLP I thought she was good but not great, few scenes where I felt like she did not know how to portray a certain emotion or feeling. The role in Hunger Games I feel that anyone could do that, not that she was bad, the role itself was pretty easy to play in my opinion, there was some range needed in SLP and I feel she did an okay job.

  • Teddy Casimir February 28, 2013, 9:08 pm

    I’m one of the few who does find her attitude off-camera sometimes grating. I totally think her fall at the Oscars was staged. Despite that, I still find her to be genuine. I love her and her quirky ways. D And she’s a great actress; perhaps not in the way we’ve come to define great acting, but in her onscreen charisma. Only a great and intelligent actress can look alive when not doing anything.

    • scottydynamite March 1, 2013, 4:41 am

      I felt the same way with the fall, you just knew it was coming or something was going to happen. I think she is still “young” and we have yet to see the best from her.

    • Adam March 1, 2013, 6:57 am

      Nice a fake fall conspiracy I like it lol

  • Adam March 1, 2013, 6:59 am

    While I really enjoyed her performance in X-men and SLP for me her greatest performance is still Winters Bone. Maybe thats because it was a better film or due to the fact that was the first time I remember seeing her. I certainly went and who is this actress? I like this new feature you have working on Scott its a nice edition.

  • scottydynamite March 1, 2013, 7:09 am

    I think Winters Bone is her best as well with SLP a close 2nd. I have been thinking about a spotlight series for a while and just recently got the ambition to do it. Maybe Mark will make me up a banner so we can make it official.

  • Adam March 1, 2013, 9:51 am

    So are you taking requests for future actors/actresses? If so I would like to see a Micky Rourke feature.

  • Adam March 1, 2013, 9:52 am


    • scottydynamite March 1, 2013, 9:57 am

      Feel free to join in but I have put Mickey on the short List.

  • ckckred March 1, 2013, 10:47 am

    I do think she’s a very good actress. I’d say her best performance is either in SLP or Winter’s Bone.

    • scottydynamite March 1, 2013, 11:39 am

      I am not at the very good yet but I am certainly at good.

  • Griff March 2, 2013, 10:16 am

    I enjoyed her performance in The Hunger Games but her performance in SLP was really the first one where she played an “adult” role. Up to this point she has been playing mostly teenagers. (Even though she is in her early 20’s) I am curious how it is going to work having her now have to go back and play a teenager again in Hunger Games sequel. I don’t know if it’s going to work. I almost think they would be better off replacing her with someone else.

    • scottydynamite March 5, 2013, 7:41 am

      Like I said in our review of SLP I thought she was good but in my opinion I feel other actresses could have pulled that off pretty easily, it was a good role and she did well but I was not blown away…

  • Erik March 3, 2013, 11:54 pm

    I’ve been going on about her for months to everybody so I will keep this one short. lol She is great, I have seen a few interviews with her and she is such a “girl from next door”. Cannot wait to see her upcoming movies.

    • scottydynamite March 5, 2013, 7:43 am

      Yeah she certainly has carved herself out a spot in the publics top 10 or even top 5. Going to be tough to stay there and we will see if there is any fallout when she falls from grace.

  • Lights Camera Reaction March 4, 2013, 1:09 pm

    She’s achieved so much for her age! I love her.

    • scottydynamite March 5, 2013, 7:44 am

      Agreed, she has a long career ahead of her as long as she continues to win us over with good roles and a down to earth attitude.

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