Born in Kentucky to Gary, who once owned a construction firm and Karen, who runs a children's camp, Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is best known for her role as Katniss in the Suzanne Collins adaptation of "The Hunger Games."
Jennifer said of the film, "'The Hunger Games' is not that far off from real life. We are living in a world where we watch extreme sports shows where people get hurt or killed. It takes a lot to shock us" (seventeen.com).
Jennifer Lawrence has two older brothers. As a child and teen, Jennifer acted in local theatre and at 14, decided she wanted to pursue a career in acting. Jennifer persuaded her parents to take her to New York City to land an agent. Jennifer graduated high school two years early to pursue her career.
Before she became an actress, Jennifer Lawrence was involved in cheerleading, field hockey, softball and modeling.
Previous to "The Hunger Games," Jennifer Lawrence appeared in "The Bill Engvall Show," and had guest roles in "The Devil You Know," "Cold Case," "Medium," and "Monk." Other roles included, "The Poker House," "The Burning Plain," but it was her performance in "Winter's Bone" that put her on the map. Her role earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (becoming the second-youngest actress to be nominated for that category).
Afterwards, Jennifer Lawrence appeared in "The Beaver," "House at the End of the Street," "Savages," and "X-Men: First Class."
In 2012, she became the new face of Dior. She has also appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone" as "America's Kiss-Ass Sweetheart."
Jennifer Lawrence revealed to Vogue UK that she was really upset the day "The Hunger Games" came out. "I was shaking all day wrapped in a blanket. [I remember a friend saying,] 'Dude, have you seen what they've done to Britney Spears?'" She has since relaxed, but noted, "There's a responsibility I'm aware of.In one sense, luckily, it comes naturally because I don't stay out beyond midnight. I don't really have an exciting life."
Jennifer Lawrence said of meeting fans at mall tours, "I felt like Justin Timberlake.it was nuts! One girl almost fainted. But, it's never for me. I sit in between the two guys, when we're signing" (collider.com).
When asked if she sees any pattern in the roles and choices she's made, Jennifer Lawrence said, "Yeah. They're all dark. And I think there's something of artistic value about them.I know that I really want to play them. I know I can do a good job. But I can never put into words why" (interviewmagazine.com).
Jennifer Lawrence lives in Santa Monica, California.
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