Jennifer Lawrence chooses film roles carefully
BY CINDY PEARLMAN November 20, 2012 4:54PM
Jennifer Lawrence likes to tackle film roles that make her “feel something.” | AP
Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t subscribe to the usual Hollywood playbook.
Ever since “The Hunger Games” became an international sensation, she is not feeling the heat of having box office hit after hit.
“I don’t put any pressure on myself,” says Lawrence who is now famously Katniss to the masses. “The way I figure it is I choose movies that make me feel something. I get paid and I have an experience. It’s always a win-win situation if you look at it that way. People should look at life that way. It’s about how you spent your time.”
Lawrence is having a winning end of the year, too. She stars opposite Bradley Cooper in the critically beloved “The Silver Linings Playbook,” which some say is a lock for a Best Picture nomination.
“We had our choice of actresses. Jennifer came in at the 11th hour,” says director David O. Russell. “She Skyped me from her parents’ house and my first thought was, ‘My God, who is this person?’”
Cooper is a teacher named Pat who just spent eight months at a mental hospital. When he gets his walking papers, he comes home to live with his parents and re-claim his marriage. His plans are up for grabs when he meets Tiffany (Lawrence), a young woman dealing with her own anguishes in life.
Lawrence says that she didn’t have to study emotional trauma to play Tiffany. Instead, she brought the character down to basics. “I thought of her as an onion that someone must peel. She was one weird layer after the next. In fact, she evolved even deeper once we were on the set.”
She did tap into the character’s feelings of isolation.
“I had to find this place where the rest of the world doesn’t accept you,” she says. “At the same time, you think that you’re fine, but they don’t. I kept thinking, ‘That’s such a sad thing.’”
Equally sad, she insists, is a much talked about dance scene between her and Cooper.
Who knew that Jennifer Lawrence can’t dance — and it’s not an act.
“I’m an extra bad dancer in real life. Actually, I’m awful,” she admits. “Luckily, I had an amazing dance teacher who worked really hard on me.”
The flipside was that working with Cooper was a piece of cake.
“We have the same sense of humor, which made it really fun,” she says. “We just got each other.”
She’s also happy to get back into the Katniss groove for the much awaited sequel to “Hunger Games.”
“I love bringing back a strong female character who means so much to young woman. I can’t wait to grab that bow and arrow and get into her head space,” she says.
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