Jennifer Lawrence Reveals Why She Almost Didn’t Make It Down the Aisle

The 'Hunger Games' star got cold feet after playing a role where her character couldn't figure out her place in life.

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence isn’t one to back down from a tough role. Audiences have loved her onscreen performances just as much as they’ve enjoyed her down-to-earth realness, and she’s managed to maintain that offscreen as well. When it came to getting married, however, Lawrence admits she had some second thoughts.

The Hunger Games star has previously been involved with big names like Chris Martin, Nicholas Hoult, and Darren Aronofsky, director of Mother! which she starred in, alongside Javier Bardem in 2017.

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But it was Cooke Maroney, an art dealer and gallery owner from New York City, who eventually stole her heart. The couple started dating around 2018 and were married in 2019, but according to a new interview in The New York Times, Lawrence nearly suffered from a case of cold feet leading up to the day.

“When you don’t fully know yourself, you have no idea where to put yourself,” she says in the interview. Lawrence had already won an Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook and was one of the most sought-after millennial actresses, but explains how she preferred to work on smaller projects with film makers and scripts she truly believed in, rather than big blockbuster hits.

It was how she became connected with the film Causeway, about a female soldier who returns from fighting in Afghanistan with a traumatic brain injury, but whose past ultimately determines her future. The film explores the struggle many face when deciding to live a certain life a certain way, and Lawrence felt very connected to her character as a result.

“I met my husband, and he was like, ‘Put yourself here,’” she elaborates. “I was like, ‘That feels right, but what if it’s not?’”

Luckily Lawrence realized she was only dealing with the very real issue of commitment anxiety, and that she was able to resolve it naturally to have a happy ending with Maroney.

“It was coming out of my performance in all these different creative ways, but I wasn’t conscious of it,” she tells The New York Times.

“I’m so happy I stayed,” she adds. “I’m so happy I didn’t freak out and cancel the wedding and run away and go, ‘I’ll never be taken down!’”

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The always candid actress also admitted in the interview that she and her Hunger Games costars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth would “drink whiskey and get stoned” to take the edge off after film premiers and big events.

“I don’t do it anymore, I’m a mom!” she adds. Lawrence and Maroney have one child together, and currently split their time between Los Angeles and New York City.

Lawrence isn’t set to be part of the The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes Hunger Games prequel, but says she’s excited for its release. It seems like the American Hustle star is getting everything she wants out of life, and we’re here for it.

Katka Lapelosova
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