“I don’t know how I can act,” he says. Jennifer Lawrence, “when I feel isolated from normal human interaction”. Without that understanding, it’s hard to imagine Lawrence making a movie like Causewaywhich premiered on Apple TV+, an intimate and low-key drama in which she plays a wounded military engineer who returns home to New Orleans to convalesce.
Causeway It’s the kind of human-sized indie movie the 32-year-old actress hasn’t really starred in since. Blood ties in 2010 and it’s an effective reminder that all glitter aside, few can forge as powerful a connection with the camera as Lawrence.
And that does not prevent him from having star problems. Lawrence realized they were involved in making decisions that should have been hers alone, and in August 2018, as she finished X-Men: Dark Phoenixleft CAA, the agency that represented her for 10 years.
“He had allowed me to be kidnapped,” he said.
Lawrence has always had a knack for candor: On screen, she shows things, and off screen, she says things, that other celebrities tend to steer clear of. He maybe he never had time to develop a protective shell. when he launched Blood ties, I was only 19 years old; a year later, she was chosen as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Gamesand just two years after that, he won an Oscar for The bright side of life.
In an era where new movie stars have been hard to find, it’s no wonder Hollywood clung to Lawrence like a lifeline. Still, she could only remain optimistic for so long. Being in her twenties, when she ended the Hunger Games franchise and moved on to movies that were less enthusiastically received, she could feel the dismay of her fandom.
Are there any that made you feel that way? “passengersI guess,” said Lawrence, of the criticized sci-fi romance he co-starred in.n Chris Prattt. “Adele told me not to do it! He told me, ‘I feel like space movies are the new vampire movies.’ He should have listened to her.”
Lawrence had stopped listening to his gut and started choosing projects from a defensive position. “It was all like a rebound effect,” he said. “I was reacting, rather than just acting.”
followed to passengers with the ultra ripping mother! of Darren Aronofskyand then he did the sexy spy thriller Operation Red Sparrow to show that she had graduated from her young adult roots. And although they produced diminishing returns, she continued to star in movies of X Men because, when you’re a movie star, aren’t you supposed to be doing superhero sequels? It seemed like part of the deal.
But none of that was really working and Lawrence could feel a backlash brewing: it had gotten too big and people were itching to take it down. Deep down, maybe she also wanted to downsize her. “I felt more like a celebrity than an actress,” she said, “cut off from my creativity, my imagination.”
Some movie stars isolate themselves so much from their celebrity that nothing real can be detected in their performances on the screen. “That can happen,” Lawrence said. “And that was going to happen to me.”
Lawrence has spent more than half of his life on film and television sets. “Jen has been doing this since she was a teenager,” said Lila Neugebauer, the director of Causeway. “You could blindfold her and she would find her mark.”
Lawrence sees the set as a safe haven: “If you have a place to be every day, you probably won’t know you’re suffering from anxiety and depression until it’s all over.” Perhaps that’s why she was so attracted to Lynsey, her character in Causeway, who returns from Afghanistan with a traumatic brain injury.
“Obviously I can’t relate to risking my life for my country,” Lawrence said, “but I can understand, reading Causeway, why I get so excited about someone who doesn’t feel like they belong anywhere unless they’re on a schedule.”
“I was born with the name Jennifer Lawrence, but it was taken from me when I was 21 and I never got it back,” she said. “So I didn’t feel like I was giving up anything. That name already belongs to them.”
Who do you imagine now if you are asked to visualize Jennifer Lawrence? “Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen, I guess,” she said. “Is rare?”
He has no regrets about The Hunger Games, four films that were released from 2012 to 2015. “They were fantastic,” he said. “The only thing that stopped me was how famous it would make me.”
She quickly bonded with co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, but the crowded premieres and press events reminded her of Britney Spears’ “Lucky” video, with a sad Spears looking from her limousine at a mad sea of screaming fans.
“Rrrrr!” Lawrence said, mimicking the noise of the crowd. “So the boys and I would always go back to our hotel and drink whiskey and get high.” She chuckled, then grimaced. “My mother-in-law is going to love this. I don’t do it anymore, I’m a mom!”
So who is Jennifer Lawrence, now that she’s done with all her franchise commitments and can move around relatively unrestricted? She told me that before signing up for “The Hunger Games” and having to radically re-imagine her future, she envisioned a life where she would work hard and have a family, but she would be low profile enough to to live. usually.
“And now, full circle, I’m having the life I envisioned,” he said. At least she has that, even if tomorrow, the whole damn world could fall apart.