How much do we love Jennifer Lawrence? The answer is plenty. Not only is she stunning and has won the Oscar for Best Actress, but she is a relatable and real person too. She has her flaws just like every other gurl, and she doesn’t try to hide them. Rather, she accepts her imperfections and reveals them to the world. Nothing demonstrates this more than her not so graceful trip up the Oscar’s Stage and Jennifer’s laid-back joke to the audience: “Thank you so much, this is nuts. You guys are only standing up because I fell and you feel bad. That was embarrassing.” I think I fell in love with her spunkiness and down-to-earth attitude in that moment.
Jennifer Lawrence was born in Louisville, Kentucky with 2 older brothers Ben and Blaine, and her parents Gary and Karen. At age 14 she was discovered in New York City through auditions with talent and modeling agencies. After her first cold read, the agents told Jennifer’s mother that “it was the best cold read by a 14-year old that they had ever heard,” and they tried to convince her mother that she needed to spend the summer in Manhattan.
Jennifer was also discovered by an agent shooting an H&M ad who asked to take her picture and invited her for a cold read audition the next day. Jennifer ended up spending the summer in Manhattan and starred in commercials such as: MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and played a role in the movie Devil You Know in 2009. Shortly after that she moved to Los Angeles with her family.
But let us not forget her fantastic acting skills in movies such as: Silver Linings Play Book (2012), The Hunger Games (2012), X-men: First Class (2011), Winters Bone (2010), The Poker House (2008) and The Burning Plain (2008). Her first major role was as a lead on the TBS show, The Bill Engvall Show (2007-2009). The Burning Plain and Winter’s Bone were both independent films for which she received nominations for the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and several other awards.
When she was only 20 years old she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress because of The Hunger Games, and at age 22 she has won the Best Actress Award for Silver Linings Playbook as the second youngest person to ever win the Award. Jennifer also played Raven Darkholme or Mystique in the 2011 film X-men: First Class, a role she will again replay in X-men: Days of Future Past in 2014.
I really do believe Jennifer’s relateable-ness and imperfections are crucial to the roles she plays and her success as an actress. For example, Jennifer brings life to the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games when she demonstrates the strength of Katniss. In Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer plays a realistic young woman having suffered a great loss after husband was killed. Jennifer’s unpretentious personality is evident in her speech in real life, where she makes fun of herself during an interview after her Oscar’s entrance. She exclaims, “‘What do you mean, ‘what happened? Look at my dress! I tried to walk up stairs in this dress. That’s what happened.” Moreover, she admits to taking a shot before the interview.
Although she is very young to have so many remarkable accomplishments, I believe Jennifer’s success is well deserved and that she will remain a sensation as a direct result of her talent and relatableness in years to come. We love her and her imperfections and will continue to love her because she is authentic and just like us in so many ways.