Being famous must be kinda ass. I mean, I know there’s the millions of dollars and people throwing free shit at you in the hopes that you’ll promote their brand, but you pretty much have zero personal life and never get to see the people you love except during rare breaks. People get jealous, people sell your ass out, nothing you do is private… no thanks, I’ll pass. All the money in the world isn’t worth that bullshit.
Jennifer Lawrence has experienced all of that firsthand since skyrocketing to fame these past few years, and she thinks what I do: it all kinda sucks.
From Look magazine:
“There are obviously sacrifices with any job, but with this particular one, you’re in a long-distance relationship with pretty much everybody in your life – your family, your friends.
“It’s kind of hard to keep things consistent; you make your home wherever you’re going. It’s very hard sometimes, it’s a very lonely life, but at the same time the film crew becomes your family.”
Yeah, that’s gotta be tough. At the same time, it’s hard to feel too sympathetic since no one holds a gun to anyone’s head and MAKES them be famous. If you get fed up, you leave Hollywood, move to the sticks in middle America (or even the suburbs of a coastal city) and live your life out of the limelight. Ta da! I think fame probably becomes slightly addicting, as does success and acknowledgment… and money, of course. That’s what would motivate me, to be honest. I know, I know, there’s “the love of the craft”, but how many people in Hollywood are REALLY there for that reason? Come on.
I do love Jennifer Lawrence, though!
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Jennifer Lawrence, everyone’s favorite everything, is the new face of Dior and we’re seeing a new face of hers in Dior’s latest ads that show Ms. Lawrence in minimal makeup and menswear inspired clothing. The first Dior ad was also light on makeup and rather gorgeous. This campaign is a lot moodier and a little more androgynous. What do we think?
I don’t see how anyone could call her “fat” after seeing these.
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Jennifer Lawrence is awesome and pretty much the world’s best friend, so it might make you mad to know that once upon a time, some Hollywood asshole told her she was too fat and that she needed to drop a few pounds or else risk getting fired from a job. Lovely, eh?
From Harper’s Bazaar:
“I was young. It was just the kind of shit that actresses have to go through.
“Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight.
“They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet.”
“[People think] that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn’t still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I’m above it all.”
“‘You really still care about that?’ Yeah. I was a little girl. I was hurt. It doesn’t matter what accolades you get.”I know it’ll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet’, I’m like, ‘You can go f**k yourself’.”
Now, Jennifer is gorgeous and IN NO WAY FAT, but of course you can never be thin enough in Hollywood, so this isn’t at all surprising. But seriously, why are people such dickheads? Anyway, I guess she got the last laugh (even though she obviously has lost weight/got super in shape, but that’s sorta by happenstance given her Hunger Games role)… it’s just unfortunate that this body image shit will never change.
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These images have been floating around for the past couple of days, I’m aware (before one of you undoubtedly points out how you saw this on such-and-such site earlier this week), but considering it’s a lovely Friday evening and Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful, does any of that really matter? No, no it doesn’t. Especially since this isn’t really a post about Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior campaign, but rather an “open post” where you can discuss what you like (so long as that’s not, like, mass murder or child pornography or something awful).
What’s everyone up to this weekend? Are there any good movies out? My most exciting piece of news is that I took my air conditioner (window unit) out today and am now living on fresh air alone. Fall is really coming!
That’s all I’ve got, but talk amongst yourselves, etc. I know a lot of you have often referenced the sense of community you felt with each other here, so this is an open forum to do your thing (not that you can’t in other posts, but you get my drift).
Alright, hands up – did anyone here have an amazing childhood that was fully of joy and harmony and zero pain and awkwardness? Please, if that’s the case, let me know. I feel like everyone had a shitty childhood/adolescence – obviously to varying degrees – but you grow up, get some therapy if necessary and work on being a well-adjusted human being that puts good things into the world. Jennifer Lawrence has managed to do this, despite dealing with anxiety and depression and shit as a youngster. Roll the tape, girl.
Given her intensity, it does not come as a surprise that Lawrence describes her childhood as an “unhappy” one—exceptional, excitable, hot-wired kids are often misunderstood and full of anxiety. Lawrence herself was so anxious that her parents found her a therapist. “I was a weirdo,” she says. “I wasn’t picked on or anything. And I wasn’t smarter than the other kids; that’s not why I didn’t fit in. I’ve always just had this weird anxiety. I hated recess. I didn’t like field trips. Parties really stressed me out. And,” she adds, “I had a very different sense of humor.” I ask Lawrence how that manifested itself in, say, junior high. She launches into several tales as examples. Like the time she decided it would be funny to jump out of the emergency exit of a moving school bus; or the time she thought it would be really funny to announce to the entire seventh grade that she wet the bed; or this: “My family went on a cruise, and I got a terrible haircut. FYI: Never get your hair cut on a cruise. And I had, like, this blonde curly ‘fro, and I walked into the gym the first day back in seventh grade and everyone was staring at me, and for some reason I thought, I know what I need to do! And I just started sprinting from one end of the gym to the other, and I thought it was hilarious. But nobody else at that age really did. It was genuinely weird.”
That just seems slightly awkward, not necessarily awful. It’s not like she had no food to eat, was homeless, abused, etc. (I’m assuming, of course – I doubt she’d be talking about that in an interview with a magazine.) We all got shit haircuts. I remember crying on the phone to my friend Tenna in 6th grade after a particularly bad one, sobbing about how I looked like a freak and everyone was going to make fun of me. No one did, but that shit was traumatic nonetheless.
Jennifer Lawrence is basically everyone’s BFF or the girl they wish was their BFF or their girlfriend or a combination of the two or BASICALLY SHE IS LOVED BY EVERYONE. Even I love her – I think she’s a great actress, she seems pretty chill and she’s not afraid to be a bit of a dork. However, I worry for her because I feel like she could fall into the ever-popular trap of being so praised for being “quirky” that she plays that characteristic up to remain loved/continue getting positive attention and reenforcement.
Take this interview with Extra, for example (start the vid at 2:30) – Jennifer has chatted about The Hunger Games, and some of her co-stars in the film have also praised her talent and how great she is, etc. Then, Extra is talking to Jeff Bridges and Jennifer freaks her beans and comes running over, gushing over him and how much she loves The Big Lebowski and all that. Jeff Bridges is a cool dude (one might say THE Dude…. yeaaaaaahhhh!) and takes it all pretty well, even though she asks him his favourite movie he’s ever been in and he starts talking about seeing someone else’s movie. Then he sorta gives her an up and down “I’d fuck you if you were into it” look as he tells her it’s good to see her and she sorta trots off with her assistant. I mean… whatever.
Jennifer Lawrence is someone everyone loves and I don’t have anything against her, but this humblebrag she dropped really annoyed me. Or kind of annoyed me, honestly it’s not possible for Jennifer Lawrence to say anything that would really annoy me, she’s pretty harmless.
Anyway, she told Access Hollywood that she gave her Oscar to her parents. Which is very sweet. Except that her reason wasn’t. From Daily Mail:
My parents took it back to Kentucky, because I felt odd having it on display in my house. If anybody’s coming over to my house, I didn’t want them to remember that. Just kind of puts a weird energy out.
It’s the “weird energy” thing that gets me. Like she’s talking about a haunted ventriloquist dummy instead of one of the biggest honors an actor could ever receive. And it wasn’t like she said, “This is for you, mom and dad, for always supporting me” — it’s more of, “ew, take this.”
I think I’m cranky because I’m hungry. Again, it’s not like this is a horrible thing she said or that I’m genuinely angry. Anyone else get where I’m coming from or am I just bonkers?