It would be an understatement to say that Jennifer Lawrence is a hot commodity right now. She's gorgeous, she's delivers great performances, she's funny, she's relatable -- and she's everywhere. If she's not lighting up the big screen, she's making headlines for some adorably self-deprecating sound bite or awards show gaffe.
Lawrence herself has said that it's only a matter of time before she drops from public favor ("They like me now, but I'm going to get really annoying really fast. Just watch"), and I tend to agree. After all, the only thing audiences like more than building someone up is tearing them down. However, Silver Linings Playbook producer Harvey Weinstein says she's planning to take a year-long break from the Hollywood spotlight, and if that's true it seems like the smartest choice Lawrence could make right now.
Even though she's currently enjoying what is always a temporary It Girl status, a break seems critical for her long-term appeal.
I'm not sure who made Harvey Weinstein Jennifer Lawrence's official publicist, but over the weekend he told the U.K.’s Sun that Lawrence will be taking a year-long hiatus from acting:
She’s going to have a long break for a year where she won’t do anything. It’s been non-stop for her and she deserves a rest. Jennifer is too nice and will do people favors and agrees to do a movie like American Hustle when she could have had a rest. She signed on to do Hunger Games when she was young and wouldn't have realized how much it would dominate her life. But she's a professional and always will be.
It's possible Weinstein is just repeating what Lawrence already said about her heavy film workload, since she recently told Empire magazine that "On the last day of Hunger Games, I'm going to turn my phone off for a year!" Maybe she won't really step back for a full year, but taking a break of some sort definitely seems like a good idea, if only to catch her breath and plan out her next projects. I'm sure it must be tempting for actors to strike while the Hollywood iron is hot, but taking on the right roles is how people really make the most of their talent and become bona fide stars. (Matthew McConaughey comes to mind as a great example of someone who's made BRILLIANT script choices over the last couple years.)
In addition to her actual work-related fatigue, there's the public perception of her. I feel like she's right on the edge of becoming ... too much, you know? I really like her, and even I'm a little sick of hearing about the hilaaaaaaaaaaarious thing she said on the late night talk show circuit. Her persona as America's snarky sweetheart comes at the price of overexposure, because honestly, how many stories about butt plugs or pants-shitting incidents do we really have capacity for?
A break from Lawrence's relentlessly spastic PR merry-go-round sounds like a solid plan, both for her and her fans. A year isn't that long, and hopefully it means she'll have the energy for more amazing projects down the road.
What do you think, is it a smart idea for Jennifer Lawrence to take a year off? Or does she run the risk of losing her popularity?
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