Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born
August 15, 1990) is an American actress. The films she has acted in have
grossed over $6 billion worldwide, and she was the world's highest-paid
actress in 2015 and 2016. Lawrence appeared in Time's 100 most influential
people in the world list in 2013 and in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in
2014 and 2016.
During her childhood, Lawrence performed in church plays and school
musicals. At age 14, she was spotted by a talent scout while vacationing
in New York City with her family. Lawrence then moved to Los Angeles and
began her acting career by playing guest roles in television shows. Her
first major role came as a main cast member on the sitcom The Bill Engvall
Show (2007–2009). Lawrence made her film debut in a supporting role in the
drama Garden Party (2008), and had her breakthrough playing a
poverty-stricken teenager in the independent drama Winter's Bone (2010).
Her career progressed with her starring roles as the mutant Mystique in
the X-Men film series (2011–2019) and Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games
film series (2012–2015). The latter established her as the
highest-grossing action heroine of all time.
Lawrence went on to earn accolades for her collaborations with director
David O. Russell. Her performance as a depressed young widow in the
romance film Silver Linings Playbook (2012) earned her the Academy Award
for Best Actress, making her the second-youngest winner of the award. She
subsequently won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for
playing a troubled wife in the black comedy American Hustle (2013).
Lawrence also received Golden Globe Awards for both of these films, and
for portraying Joy Mangano in the biopic Joy (2015). She has since starred
in the science fiction romance Passengers (2016), the psychological horror
film Mother! (2017), and the spy thriller Red Sparrow (2018).
Lawrence is an outspoken feminist and has advocated for Planned
Parenthood. In 2015, she founded the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which
has advocated for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Special
Olympics. She formed the production company Excellent Cadaver in 2018.
[on auditions and
meetings]: The miserable ones are the ones where all the girls
auditioning are in the same room. There's no talking in those rooms.
Yesterday, I had to do an interview. I was in a horrible mood. I
couldn't think of basic words. I could see my publicist in the
background, mouthing things to say. They want you to be likable all
the time, and I'm just not.
I'm excited to be seen as sexy. But not slutty.
Where are the Robert Redfords and Paul Newmans of my age group? I
love James Franco, but where's the next James Franco? Where are the
hunks who can act?
There are actresses who build themselves, and then there are
actresses who are built by others. I want to build myself.
... I have this feeling of protectiveness over characters I want to
play. I worry about them - if someone else gets the part, I'm afraid
they won't do it right; they will make the character a victim or
they will make her a villain or they will just get it wrong somehow.