8:51 pm - 09/19/2012

JenLaw interview with W Magazine


Jennifer Lawrence is only 22, but she has already been nominated for a best actress Academy Award, for Winter’s Bone, and starred in two blockbuster franchises. She was nude and blue as Mystique in X-Men: First Class, and in The Hunger Games she played Katniss Everdeen, the ultimate heroine for a dystopic age. In November, she stars in Silver Linings Playbook, a romantic comedy about emotionally damaged people.

You play a rather crazy widow in Silver Linings. Technically, you are too young to play that character. Did you have to audition?
I did. But I didn’t mind. People always worry that I’m wrong for the part: I’m usually too young—or, in the case of Katniss, they thought I was too old. I was blonde, and Katniss is brunette. So many problems. There were a lot of things that we just brushed under the rug.

The climax in Silver Linings is a big dance scene with Bradley Cooper, who plays your would-be boyfriend. Could you dance before this movie?
I’m such a bad dancer [laughs]. I don’t have many talents: I’m not a good cook, I can’t clean, and I can’t sew. The only thing I can do well is shoot bow and arrow—which I learned to do for The Hunger Games and will probably never come in handy—and act. Imagine me 100 years ago: I would have been pointless.

You could have acted! Although there weren’t movies like X-Men back then. Did you have to get naked and blue for the X-Men audition?
Not for the audition, but there was a moment where I thought I was going to have to paint my face and Skype with the director, and I said no. The first test where they painted me blue took around eight hours of makeup. I would stand, lean, or sit on a bicycle seat naked while they painted me. I have no modesty left after X-Men— I had blue in places I didn’t even know existed. Afterward, I had to go around naked, with scales over my private parts, surrounded by men. That cures you of all inhibition.

Did you end up hating blue?
Not really, but I did leave the color everywhere. The hotel in London wouldn’t give me my security deposit back because I turned their tub blue. I also did that to a lot of toilet seats on set. We called it “getting Mystiqued.”

After filming X-Men, you went straight into Oscar madness. Did you have fun at the Academy Awards?
It’s an honor and an overwhelming compliment, but it’s also a kind of bizarre thing. All of a sudden you’re at these parties and everybody’s famous, and you feel like a loser. By the time of the actual Oscars, I was so sick of fittings and trains and corsets and people asking “What are you going to wear?” I had to go on a diet, because at all the parties there’s champagne and hors d’oeuvres. I ate so much! I think I wore two Spanx on the night of the awards.

When you were at the Oscars, did you already know you were about to star in Hunger Games?
My mom talked about Hunger Games on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, which was something I had told her a million times not to do. She’s like Dina Lohan!—but she has good taste.

As soon as you got the part of Katniss, you began training. I read somewhere that you are so good with a bow and arrow that you could compete in archery at the Olympics.
I do love archery. I could kill someone with a bow and arrow if they’d hold still! With Hunger Games, I got really nervous about signing on to that huge franchise. I was afraid that Katniss would overwhelm any other character I’d try to do. But I love Katniss, and she didn’t take over as much of my life as I thought she would.

Tiffany in Silver Linings is very different from Katniss. She’s challenging and initially off-putting. Do you have to like a character to play her?
No. I don’t have to like them— a lot of people don’t like themselves. It’s nice not to be likable for the audience. It’s freeing to not have to get an audience on your side.

You started so young—you came to L.A. when you were only 15. One of your first movies was The Poker House, and your character in the film is raped. Was that traumatizing?
No. I hid the Poker House script from my parents so that I could audition for it. By the time I got the part, it was too late: They had to let me do it. During the filming of the rape scene, my mom was there. I was okay with it. I was very ballsy at that age—the typical kind of stubbornness that comes with being a teenager. I started out fearless, and now I’m terrified.

That is not true.
It is, and it isn’t: You do become more aware of your mortality as you get older. When you’re little, you jump on any wild horse. Then you get a little bit older and realize how fragile life is, and you’re more careful.

You sound so old. You’re 22!
I’ve been through a lot. I mean, I’ve been nude and painted blue! [Laughs] Truthfully, a lot has happened in a short time.

Have your feelings about the movie business and Los Angeles changed?
Sadly, I cannot live in Los Angeles anymore. I don’t understand how actors can do it. You have no life here. You are followed everywhere. It’s not like that anywhere else in the world. I don’t want to stay in L.A. and start thinking that’s reality—because it’s very far from normal. But I still love movies. I’m just going to love being in them from Kentucky, or Prague, or somewhere else.

source: http://www.wmagazine.com/celebrities/2012/10/jennifer-lawrence-actress-katniss-everdeen-hunger-games-cover-story?currentPage=1

I love you, Jen but please stop acting as if you being blonde is the real problem with Katniss' casting.
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luminaris 20th-Sep-2012 03:56 am (UTC)
I'd eat that pussy for breakfast, lunch and dinner
ex_vampirew765 20th-Sep-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
m t e
lucifersam 20th-Sep-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
cartooneyes 20th-Sep-2012 04:08 am (UTC)
alright now, Colin lol
luminaris 20th-Sep-2012 04:17 am (UTC)
You win the internet for getting the reference : D
vivisexion 20th-Sep-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
mte gurl
goldenlockets 20th-Sep-2012 04:31 am (UTC)
sixseventytwo 20th-Sep-2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
this lol
kalie_m 20th-Sep-2012 03:57 am (UTC)
I never would have guessed that was JenLaw in that photo.
teaaet 20th-Sep-2012 03:58 am (UTC)
jammyjam 20th-Sep-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
hi bb <3
teaaet 20th-Sep-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
ponpiri 20th-Sep-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I love what she has to say about living in Hollywood.

and her pic reminds me of Blavatsky

& OP I'll say it: I think people were wrong when they thought Collins wrote Katniss to be a POC. Race and class in THG were pretty elementary and not well thought out. Even so it was easy to see whose skin color was important why, but Katniss wasn't one those characters.
ichdontthinksoo 20th-Sep-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
I didn't picture Katniss as a POC either but the problem was that the casting call specifically requested caucasian girls, which I find pretty sad - and obviously racist.
ponpiri 20th-Sep-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
I think it was sad but I don't know about obviously racist. Unless they decided to overhaul the entire Everdeen family to fit Katniss, then I don't see the point in casting a POC Katniss that doesn't appear to belong to a blonde, blue eyed mom and sis. I know that it's possible (I've got blue eyed people in my family), but it wouldn't make sense to do that and give the audience a short lesson on genetics.

Collins world is kind of sloppy when it came to skin color and where certain people are located.
rogue 20th-Sep-2012 04:39 am (UTC)
idk, i read somewhere that seeder is supposed to look like she's from the seam, which is characterized by dark(er) skin, and seeder and katniss also look more alike. there's quite a few good arguments (this is one of the baby ones) floating around about why katniss could have been a poc. and i dont really see anything wrong with giving the audience a 2 second genetics lesson - i mean it would have fixed a lot of big problems in the industry, in life, in society had this huge franchise been lead by a strong actress of color (and this is one of the few roles where it could have been justified by the source material). far greater gain, a little genetics is a small price to pay.

Edited at 2012-09-20 04:39 am (UTC)
winegums 20th-Sep-2012 06:00 am (UTC)
ia with this actually. Every use I'd ever encountered of the word 'olive' to indicate skin tone was always applied to Mediterranean (white) people, or Hispanic people at a stretch. There was no reason to think THG was any different, especially with the world being as sloppily-constructed as it was.
blackkdiamond 20th-Sep-2012 04:02 am (UTC)
"We called it “getting Mystiqued.”

Here in the colonies we say "I just blue myself".
teaaet 20th-Sep-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
i <3 yr icon bb
i'm still sad over thurston's mid-life crisis
blackkdiamond 20th-Sep-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
thanks bb!
I don't think I'll ever get over Kim and Thurston's split.
goldenlockets 20th-Sep-2012 04:33 am (UTC)
a+ comment
induced_panic 20th-Sep-2012 05:13 am (UTC)
lol yes I'm going to watch Arrested Development now :)
ex_vampirew765 20th-Sep-2012 04:03 am (UTC)
lol i still can't believe she's going to be in two films playing bradley cooper's love interest. ew.

she looks flawless in the photo and op ia with your note :/
jammyjam 20th-Sep-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
tbh every time i see the silver linings trailer i can't get past the fact that she is just way too damn young to be his love interest.
ex_vampirew765 20th-Sep-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
totally, and i feel no chemistry between them. i just don't buy it at all.
teaaet 20th-Sep-2012 04:08 am (UTC)
ITA, it's so nast. she could play his daughter
bellwetherr 20th-Sep-2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
it would have been amazing to have someone older for silver linings. someone in their late thirties, early forties.
ichdontthinksoo 20th-Sep-2012 04:08 am (UTC)
Jennifer is so superior compared to him, both looks and acting wise. She needs a decent love interest next time, seriously.
sauron 20th-Sep-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
She’s like Dina Lohan!—but she has good taste.

crystalzelda 20th-Sep-2012 04:06 am (UTC)
I'd like her a lot more, but all the stupid shit she says keeps me from that, womp.
jammyjam 20th-Sep-2012 04:08 am (UTC)
aw really? i think she sounds kinda refreshing. like where she says in the interview she has no skills and would've been pointless 100 years ago. i can't imagine other actresses her age saying something like that.
joe_pwnz_pete 20th-Sep-2012 04:10 am (UTC)
same. i like that she acts very much her age in interviews and whatnot, but to me it's not annoyingly so. it's very endearing to me. i feel like i would be her if i became famous.
crystalzelda 20th-Sep-2012 04:16 am (UTC)
it's not refreshing or endearing when she says that she's dykey cause she liked to play sports as a kid, when she said in front of Jesse Eisenberg that his rituals and habits were weird quirks that she would love to have, denied the fact that Mystique was bi even though she IS, and referred to it as a "lesbian phase" when people told her it was canon, and the fact that she totally missed the point about the controversy surrounding her casting and said that dying her hair brown would just solve the issue. AND referred to herself as having a ~real curves~ or something when people said she was
too curvy for Katniss, I remember that post on ONTD...

I don't think she's malicious at all, she just says a lot of dumb things that are pretty problematic.

Edited at 2012-09-20 04:17 am (UTC)
vivisexion 20th-Sep-2012 04:20 am (UTC)
same. she's a weirdo and i think it's great.
rogue 20th-Sep-2012 04:45 am (UTC)
other actresses have and do still say things like that. people like to be self deprecating and modest when they have a lot. it's not really that new.

jenn's idea wasn't original but the phrasing was really cute and something i'd say lol
warsawed 20th-Sep-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
but... you're a gaga stan...
ex_vampirew765 20th-Sep-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
oh she has def said some stuff i still side-eye (the skinny shaming, the calling herself dykey etc). i just hope she takes those things and learns she needs to educate herself more. :/
coloredtv 20th-Sep-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
wouldn't it be crazy if a record was kept of every stupid thing you've said in your life so others could hold something against you? ikr

Edited at 2012-09-20 05:58 am (UTC)
theitalianchick 20th-Sep-2012 09:17 am (UTC)
Really, have you never said stupid thoughtless shit in all your life? I know I have, I just didn't have journalists and cameras to record it and spread it on the Internet.
ebenista 20th-Sep-2012 10:17 am (UTC)
yurasama_love 20th-Sep-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
She's perfect.
joe_pwnz_pete 20th-Sep-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
i think i may be slowly becoming a stan for her halp me
ichdontthinksoo 20th-Sep-2012 04:10 am (UTC)
GO FOR IT. She's super talented which is much more than you can say about 80% of the people most of ONTD stans for. DO. IT ;) <3
joe_pwnz_pete 20th-Sep-2012 04:16 am (UTC)
she was the only good thing about the boring timesuck that was winter's bone, so i've always been interested to see what she's doing next, then i saw x-men: first class and loved her (definitely a different portrayal from rebecca romijin, but i like that they showed how mystique became so jaded) and i thought she was fan-fucking-tastic in the hunger games, so idk i think i'm just gonna go for it.

status activated: JENNIFER LAWRENCE STAN
ex_vampirew765 20th-Sep-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
theitalianchick 20th-Sep-2012 09:20 am (UTC)
yasss bb! don't fight it! <3
fashionbb 20th-Sep-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
for some reason i find her to be incredibly hot
her body is insane tho
headswillroll88 20th-Sep-2012 04:17 am (UTC)
omg what do you think of the weeknd getting signed to universal?
fashionbb 20th-Sep-2012 04:34 am (UTC)

Edit: Actually I might've forgotten he signed w/ them lol buuuut....

IDK how I feel. This means he's kind of near drake/lil wayne which I kind of hate because Drake's music is not as good as his So far gone mixtape. But I REALLY really hope his music does not change. I have never thoroughly loved a mixtape/mixtapes and listened to an artist's songs over and over again like his.

Edited at 2012-09-20 04:35 am (UTC)
revertigo 20th-Sep-2012 04:10 am (UTC)
i love that she's the biggest star of her generation rn and that she doesn't play any media games. i actually believe her response to the LA q.
fasdsr2 20th-Sep-2012 07:11 am (UTC)
yeah, if anyone's going to be the biggest star of her generation, i'm glad it's her. so many up and comers like to say "i'm never going to change" when they just start getting famous, but after watching/reading so many interviews with jen, i really believe she's genuine about it.
zeldafitzgerald 20th-Sep-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
From the interviews I've seen/read, it seems her family would genuinely not tolerate a change (which is how I think people survive Hollywood).
headswillroll88 20th-Sep-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
lol at getting mystiqued~
ishumy 20th-Sep-2012 04:22 am (UTC)
I usually dislike how she looks in pictures, but here she looks great. I guess that for her kind of face, you have to work the angles. She's so pretty in motion tho.
heartina_cage 20th-Sep-2012 04:23 am (UTC)
I love this interview. Saying problematic shit or no, she seems sweet.
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