In her short career, Jennifer Lawrence has dazzled cinema audiences with both her supreme acting skills and her stunning beauty. But the A-lister’s sparklingly sharp wit has also featured large in the adoring eyes of film fans. This makes her a performer who pretty much has the whole package. But when it comes to award ceremonies, her gob-smacking antics often overshadow the accolades for her work. Whether it’s taking a fall on the red carpet, or becoming star struck at the sight of another actor – Lawrence always gives viewers something to talk about. However, at the 2018 Golden Globes, her absence was keenly felt. But why didn’t she attend the elite event? Well, it turns out that there were two sides to that particular story…
With the acting ability of a bona-fide Hollywood superstar, and the drop-dead gorgeous looks of a supermodel – it is certainly no surprise that Lawrence has risen to the top of the film star ranks. She has already topped the film industry’s annual highest-paid female list twice in her relatively short career. However, fame and fortune was by no means just handed to the Kentucky native on a plate.
Now 27 years old, it was at the tender age of 14 when Lawrence was first marked for future fame. She was vacationing in New York City with her family when a talent scout took her picture and her mother’s number. This led to her successfully auditioning for a talent agency. Her mother insisted that she could only sign on after she had finished high school. The agency were super keen and arranged for Lawrence to move to L.A. and be educated privately. She graduated high school two years early, and began to be sent out for dramatic roles.
From that point on, there was no looking back for J-Law. In fact, she was soon cast in various commercials and television films and shows. The fresh-faced actress made notable appearances in the comedy drama Monk, supernatural thriller Medium, crime procedural Cold Case and more. It is fair to say that, in the space of a few short years, Lawrence had generated a buzz around the industry.
The hype was fully realized when Lawrence nabbed the lead role in the independent 2010 drama Winter’s Bone. It turned out to be her big breakthrough part, as critics and movie-goers alike heralded the moody thriller’s haunting quality. Not to mention the stunning performance delivered by J-Law herself, which attracted nominations for the Oscars and the Golden Globes.
She continued to make her mark in cinema with standout performances in the likes of Beaver and X-Men: First Class in 2011 and House at the End of the Street the following year. However, it was two other motion pictures from 2012 that really catapulted Lawrence into the entertainment stratosphere – The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. The latter also saw her win best actress prizes at both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
With box-office smashes and prestigious industry accolades in her back pocket, Lawrence proceeded to consolidate her fame by starring in some of the most successful movies of recent times. J-Law reprised her leading role as Katniss Everdeen in two sequels to The Hunger Games and appeared in 2013’s critically acclaimed American Hustle.
Away from the big screen, the Beverly Hills resident has been careful to also cultivate a personal life. Lawrence has certainly made a big impact on one of her fellow actresses, the 29-year-old, Arizona-born Emma Stone. The two best friends are arguably one of Hollywood’s most tightly knit friendships, and it is endearing to see how loyal they are to each another.
Unlikely as it may seem, Lawrence and Stone met each other through actor Woody Harrelson, after he realized how similar they were. Harrelson worked with J-Law on The Hunger Games and Stone in Zombieland, saw the pair had a lot in common and thought he would put the two of them together. Lawrence told Vanity Fair in 2016, “[Stone] texted me that she got my number from Woody. I replied, ‘F**k off!’ And we’ve been really good friends ever since.”
The idiosyncratic star continued, “We both really do love each other and care about each other as people, beyond being actors. I support her completely when it comes to work and I feel the same from her.” Lawrence went on to maintain, “I know we’d be friends even if we didn’t do the same job.”
Since their initial meeting, the two kindred spirits’ friendship has scored big with the traditional media and online. Among other highlights, they have been pictured sharing embraces at award ceremonies and enjoying a night on the town with pop star Adele. Reportedly, they even like to engage in humdrum activities such as girly movie nights. Apparently J-Law and Stone recently spent a nice evening in watching the Disney fantasy favorite Hocus Pocus. But while all of that is heartwarming enough, nothing comes close to their latest shenanigans…
Sunday, January 7, 2018, was one of the biggest showbiz nights of the year – the Golden Globe Awards was hosted by The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. But even though it was held on Lawrence’s doorstep, how did she and Stone celebrate after it was all over? By blowing off the after party and spending some quality time with each other instead. Yes, rather than attend the glamourous industry get-together, the pair chose to have a laugh while chilling down the road at J-Law’s crib.
A seemingly impromptu video was shot that night and uploaded to Lawrence’s Facebook page. It opens with the star pictured in profile, and Stone can be heard asking her best friend, “Hi, what happened tonight?” Lawrence replies, “Well, you had told me that you wanted me to be your date to the after parties so I – you know – got us some tickets to some after parties…”
Still sitting sideways on and looking to her right as she addresses Stone, Lawrence continues. “I booked a car and I was halfway through glam when you [Stone] told me that you didn’t want to go.” Shockingly and hilariously, J-Law now turns to look straight into the camera, revealing that only one half of her face is made up and the other side is bare.
Somehow Lawrence keeps a straight – if uneven – face and elaborates, “You just wanted to come over to my house, so I sent my hair and makeup team home and now this is what I look like.” Both the superstar and Stone end the short video by chuckling about their inventive stunt.
The spoof rational for the decision to ditch the post-Golden Globes event is in keeping with the mischievous pair’s previous antics. But the video is not the first time that Lawrence has been a participant in a peculiar and comical award ceremony-related episode. In fact, J-Law has been proved to be quite the queen of them.
Whether it was being star struck after an encounter with Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson, or taking a tumble – or three – while going up to accept an award, Lawrence has kept us entertained. Red carpet events are a riot when J-Law is around. Even more endearing, however, is the fact that the star sees the funny side of things.
Thankfully, her career is giving her plenty to smile about. In March 2018, one of her latest high-profile acting projects is slated to drop. Entitled Red Sparrow, the spy thriller sees Lawrence assume the role of Dominika Egorova – a Russian spy who falls in love with a CIA officer, played by Australian actor Joel Edgerton.
On top of that, the latest reboot of the X-Men franchise is scheduled for later on in the year. A heavily made-up Lawrence will play the part of Raven Darkhölme/Mystique. The first part of a projected trilogy, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will also feature a star-studded cast. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jessica Chastain are among those preparing to get suited and booted.
Meanwhile, Stone is gearing up for the release of bawdy period piece The Favourite. The film will depict intrigue in the court of Queen Anne in 18th-century Britain. Olivia Colman is to star as the monarch, while Rachel Weisz and Stone will play cousins vying for her favors. It is tentatively penned in for a 2018 release.
But no matter what transpires in their professional lives, it’s clear to see that these two actresses share a bond. And it is a friendship that comes first when it comes to their acting work. Hollywood can be a superficial and fickle place, but Lawrence and Stone show it doesn’t have to be that way.