Why we love Jennifer Lawrence
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is out now. Let's revisit JLaw's best moments
Bringing back Babyface
She looks like a wholesome, drug-free Drew Barrymore. Pictures that attempt to contour that pleasing roundness also look less like her. Why must everyone’s face be contoured, anyway? What have cheekbones done for us lately?
Early fame? No sweat
Fame has a corrosive effect on youth. See: Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears. She knew she wanted to be an actor at 14 and won an Oscar at 22 (Silver Linings Playbook, 2012). Usually, by this time in the narrative of a star’s life, you start to hear rumours of the unravelling. But Jennifer’s celebrity seems asbestos-clad, for all her fresh-faced charm.
No mincing words
By the time Lawrence responded to her nude photo leaked by hackers, many online voices had already spoken up and branded it not so much a ‘scandal’ as a violation. She echoed the sentiment, but also spoke about how terrible it was to have to call her dad and tell him about it – the concern that makes you appreciate how many awkward conversations celebrities must have to have with their parents.
Cake > Gowns
If I had to hang out with a moviestar all day (please don’t make me) then I’d pick someone who had taken a few tumbles on the red carpet than say, someone who had not. When J.Law explained her epic Oscars tumble, it just got better: “I was waiting to hear if my name was called, and I kept thinking, ‘Cakewalk, cakewalk, cakewalk’. I thought, ‘Why is ‘cakewalk’ stuck in my head?’ And then, as I started to walk up the stairs and the fabric from my dress tucked under my feet, I realised my stylist had told me, ‘Kick, walk, kick, walk.’ You are supposed to kick the dress out while you walk, and I totally forgot because I was thinking about cake!”
She’s easily starstruck
We’re still getting over that time when she told Conan O’Brien about trailing John Stamos around a party– “I was a perverted guy. I was following him into rooms and staring at his ass.” And then we saw more of that loopy-headedness at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, when she came face to face with Homeland’s Damian Lewis – “Be cool. Just be cool,” a pretend-flustered Lawrence told the red carpet reporter. Ditto for Jeff Bridges, at Comic Con.
She’s possibly the least annoying photobomber on the planet. (Because anything that means less-Taylor Swift is great.) She’s got that dinosaur walk down pat, and doesn’t care if she’s snapped in that ungainly ogre face.
Poop, puke and butt plugs
She has spoken about crapping her pants, puking at an Oscars after-party and the boxful of butt plugs under her bed, all on national TV. She’s styled like Hollywood royalty but sounds like Zach Galifianakis. Irresistible.