Jennifer Lawrence Success Story
Sometimes good looks can come in the way of furthering your career. That is exactly what Jennifer Lawrence learned when her good looks came in the way of getting a role in Winter’s Bone. However, this did not stop her from pursuing the producers of the movie and convincing them she was the right choice for the role. The result – Jen, as her family and friends call her, was nominated for an Oscar for her performance and emoting.
This quote by Jennifer Lawrence says it all. “I like when things are hard; I'm very competitive. If something seems difficult or impossible, it interests me.” It gives an insight into her character and persona. Jen, as her family and friends call her, is a hardworking, diligent and successful performer. With her natural acting abilities, she has won critics and fans world over.
Jennifer Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 to Gary and Karen Lawrence. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine. This plucky girl from Louisville, Kentucky was into cheerleading, field hockey and softball. However, she was never passionate about these things. By the time Jen reached 14, she was certain she wanted to become an actor. She convinced her parents to take her to New York in 2004 where she auditioned for modeling and talent agencies. The agencies were impressed with her cold read abilities. This won her several modeling opportunities and even roles in independent films.
What many of her fans do not know is Jennifer finished high school two years early to pursue her dream of becoming an actor.
Jen’s breakthrough came in 2007 when she was cast in the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. The following year she acted in The Burning Plain. In 2010, she created waves with her performance in the independent film Winter’s Bone. But, it was in 2012 that she finally showed the world she has arrived. At a tender age of 22 Jennifer acted in the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook and won the Oscar for best actress as well as the Golden Globe in the same category. To perfect her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, Jen actually learned to skin a squirrel and chop wood.
Did you know Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the role of Bella Swan for the film Twilight? She did not get the role, but it paved way for acting in critically acclaimed films, such as The Poker House and The Burning Plain.
In 2013, Jen once again won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for her supporting role in the American Hustle. Very few people know Mystique from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past and Jennifer Lawrence are one and the same.
However, it was in 2012 that Jennifer gain international recognition and fame. Her performance as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games established Jennifer as one of the highest grossing actors in Hollywood. By 2014, Jen was in the Forbes’ list of Most Powerful Actresses.
With her role as Katniss Everdeen, Jen broke the male bastion of action heroes and showed the world even women can carry off action films on their shoulders. Jennifer Lawrence truly is an inspiration to young women around the world.
Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
BAFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Academy for Best Actress
National Board Review for Best Breakthrough Performance
Los Angeles Festival for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition
Marcello Mastroianni for Best Emerging Actress at the Venice Film Festival