We're in agreement that Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most likable people in show business, right? She's funny, she's authentic, she's humble, and she just generally seems like an awesome person I could totally imagine being friends with. Is that a creepy thing to say? Because I mean it in a non-creepy, perfectly normal, non-contributing-to-fawning-celebrity-worship sort of way. It's just that I ... I LOVE HER SO MUCH.
*clears throat awkwardly, stuffs JLAW4EVA Trapper Keeper under bed*
Anyway, clearly I'm a fan, but one of Lawrence's recent Hunger Games press conferences really drives home how different she is than, say, another young female actress who rocketed to fame at the helm of a wildly popular YA-based movie franchise. And by different I mean "superior in every single way, particularly her lack of sulking."
When Lawrence was doing press for Catching Fire on Friday, she shared a story about a young fan who had been inspired by the Hunger Games story:
On the first movie, there was a girl who was an extra, and she was covered in scars, she had been burned. And she came up to me and said that she was too self-conscious to go to school when she was younger. And then when she read 'The Hunger Games' and 'Catching Fire,' she was proud of her scars and her friends called her the 'girl on fire.'
I remember crying and calling my mom -- I can't really still remember the story without tearing up. And I said to my mom 'I kind of get it.'
If this was a standalone story, I'm not sure I would have found it all that significant. It's wonderful that a girl was able to find confidence in this way, of course, but I'm not sure it really has much to do with Jennifer Lawrence. But here's what she said next:
Sometimes it can seem so pointless, because you're filled with hair and makeup and clothes, and then sometimes, the lives that you can touch without even meaning to. So many wonderful things can come from this, when you have a voice, saying the right things. It takes me 10 minutes to sign a hundred posters that can raise thousands of dollars for charity, and it's so simple.
Now that is a fantastic attitude. I'm sure it's been hard as hell to manage the fame that's come her way since joining the series, but unlike Kristen Stewart, who always seemed to mope and grump her way through every Twilight-related promotion, Lawrence has the gratitude side of things figured out.
I don't think any actor should necessarily feel pressure to wield their power for good (and really, the issue of why their voices have so much influence is another topic altogether), but I love that Lawrence looks for the positive side of her celebrity status. It seems like a perspective that will serve her well as she rides out the Hunger Games fan madness, and one that will hopefully keep her from ever comparing fame to sexual assault the way Kristen Stewart once did:
The photos are so ... I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped. A lot of the time I can’t handle it. It’s fucked. I never expected that this would be my life.
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