Jennifer Lawrence, the second youngest actress to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and a described “triple threat” of Hollywood (due to her ability to own every action, drama and comedy film she stars in) seems totally human. I’m not saying other celebrities are exclusively robots, but JLaw has this way of behaving organically; every single time she is interviewed, the words that come out of her mouth are all her, rather than words that have been rehearsed and coached.
Furthermore, Lawrence is just downright cool. She would be the friend that drives us all to Taco Bell at 1 A.M. She’s the actress that doesn’t take Hollywood completely seriously, yet nails every single character down like it’s nobody’s business, and the girl next door that admits she sometimes pees in her pants. I would like to take a few minutes (or an eternity) to celebrate Jennifer Lawrence because she’s a real girl, and she’s humbly and casually taking over the world with her dazzling swagger.
Like I said before, Jennifer is genuine. She looks like she can shamelessly chow down on a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs and watch YouTube cat videos with you on a Friday night. She’s gorgeous without looking completely airbrushed in every single frame, and she has an amazing sense of style. She probably works out a lot, but not because she wants to be size zero, but because she wants to be healthy. Also, Jennifer is naturally hilarious. On a Chelsea Lately show, Chelsea asked her how she learned to use a bow and arrow, and Jennifer replied, “Oh, I just had an Olympian teach me. Isn’t that what everyone does when they learn archery?” Best reply ever. JLaw also shared, “I pee when I get scared. And when I’m nervous. Like backstage, I just peed like every three seconds. I think your staff thinks I have diarrhea.”
As we all know, JLaw handled the “Meryl” backlash stylishly and shrewdly . If you didn’t watch the Golden Globes or catch all the celebrity gossip flooding the internet minutes later, you might have missed Jennifer cracking a joke as she accepted her award. As she stepped up on stage, she pretended to inspect the talisman and said, “Oh, what does it say? I beat Meryl!” Although some thought this was a jab at icon/actress Meryl Streep, this was actually a reference to First Wives Club.
The bitter chatter escalated when hater Lindsay Lohan poignantly tweeted, “No1 should ever mess with a legend, such as Meryl Streep.” Excuse me, but no one should play a legend such as Elizabeth Taylor and a) ruin it, and b) steal her bracelet. Jennifer handled the buzz with humor and elegance: “I wanted to make a public statement. Like, hey idiots, it’s a quote from a movie!” She recently hosted SNL, which was fueled by the “I beat Meryl” fiasco; Lawrence comically threw cheesy insults at Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, Quzenzhane Wallis and Emmanuelle, quipping, “An 85-year-old French lady. Yeah. I think I can take you.” The parody addressed the Meryl confusion and highlighted Jen’s strategy of combating gossip with comedy. So, instead of getting into a Twitter brawl, Jennifer solved the problem with honesty, clarity and a sense of humor, which is so refreshing.
Speaking of gossip, you don’t see Jennifer out partying, crashing cars and publicly overdosing on drugs; you just don’t. Her personal life is as private as possible for a person who is so open about herself. The 22-year-old is playing it smarter than most newly discovered celebrities, who at this point, might be taking advantage of every A-List party in Los Angeles to New York and drunkenly ending up on the tabloids or in jail.
Lastly, let’s not avoid the obvious: Jennifer Lawrence is an incredible actress. She kills it in every single thing she’s in, including X-Men, Winter’s Bone, Hunger Games and The Silver Linings Playbook. She transforms from adorable girl-next-door to an enigmatic, young Mystique, to the daughter of a meth head, into the figurehead of Panem and finally, into a troubled sex-addict. When the boyfriend in Like Crazy dumps her twice, I wanted to punch him in the face because she was such an adorable rebound. The best part is that Lawrence never stepped foot in acting school. She pretty much just got discovered one day in New York when she was watching street dancing, according to Vanity Fair: “This model scout asked if he could take a picture. I had no idea that was creepy. So I was like, ‘Yeah, sure,’ and I gave him my mom’s phone number. And then he called and said all these agents wanted to meet, and we were like, ‘Might as well.’” I will see any movie that Jennifer is in, even if it’s the re-make of Gigli because I know she will bring her total A game, completely own it and deem it watchable this time with her JLaw magic.
So, here’s to you, Jennifer Lawrence. You have taken Hollywood by storm with your unpretentious composure and incredible talent. You are unconventional, and effortlessly funny and smart. It’s like you don’t even know how cool you are. If you’re reading this, Jennifer, I am so down for being friends and going to Taco Bell tonight. Just let me know, okay?
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