Jennifer Lawrence Almost Too Normal for “Hunger Games”

Matt Dekneef


Jennifer Lawrence has been all over the Hollywood press circuit these days. She’s nominated for an Oscar. She just received the Outstanding Performer of the Year award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She was on Piers Morgan’s show where she admitted that while she isn’t dirty, she’s not afraid of a little dirt. She is absolutely mortified by her couture Dior dress mishap at the SAG awards, the red carpet equivalent of wearing a new shirt with the tag still attached.

Basically, she had another week of amazing TV interviews providing me with more reasons to add to the ongoing Facebook invite I created “Pizza Party with Jennifer Lawrence at My Apartment” that Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t said she’s attending yet. The idea is that Jennifer and I are going to order a stuffed crust pepperoni pizza, make prank phone calls while watching John Tucker Must Die, karaoke to all 14 tracks on Jewel’s Pieces of You, and you’re all invited.

Yes, all the attention for her Silver Linings Playbook performance and self-aware personality are well deserved, but I’m beginning to fear that I’m starting to run out of ways to gush about Jennifer Lawrence. There are only so many different ways you can say “awesome” and according to that is 720. This is a serious problem.

Luckily that’s where David O. Russell, director of Silver Linings Playbook, steps in to help us articulate what’s starting to leave me all tongue-tied. When asked what makes her so compelling on film, he answers she has a “soulfulness, that is immediately there,” a “lack of preciousness,” a “realness,” she possesses “very good instincts” with a “timeless quality to her”—all of which sounds way more professional than me telling you I write letters to the Ben & Jerry’s company every day asking their research and development team to create an ice cream flavor in her honor and then to send me a year’s supply.

The most endearing part about all this newfound J-Law success is she was at first reluctant to even accept her starring role in The Hunger Games.

“It’s really rare in your life that saying yes to something will completely change your life,” Jennifer said at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this weekend. “I was happy with my life and I just didn’t know if I wanted it to change. I’ve always had this imaginary future in my mind where I would just be a soccer mom that drove a minivan and my kids were normal and I kind of had the same family that I grew up in, and that just didn’t fit with taking on a giant franchise.”

Famous or not, what government agency do I have to wait 18 hours in line at to be adopted by her family?