Why J.Law Will Never Be An ***hole

Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence talks staying humble and saying yes to the "Hunger Games" role that changed her career.

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It's no wonder why the world is full of Jennifer Lawrence fanatics: She's the star of one of the biggest box-office blockbusters in history, The Hunger Games. She's a Best Actress Oscar winner. And she's widely hailed as Hollywood's latest "It Girl."

But one of the biggest reasons millions of fans fawn over Lawrence is because she's stayed down-to-earth. Now the actress is breaking down how she's holds on to her humility amid life in the limelight.

"I just constantly feel so lucky that I don’t really have time to feel cocky," the actress tells U.K.'s Fabulous magazine. "Definitely my family is not the kind of family that would ever let me turn into an a**hole or anything like that, so I am fortunate to have them."

And though her silver screen hits have skyrocketed her to riches, Lawrence is not following suit of other stars who blow the bank on multimillion dollar mansions or big-ticket cars.

"I was raised to have value for money, to have respect for money, even though you have a lot of it," she explains. "That’s why mini-bars are difficult, because it’s like yes, I can afford a $6 Snickers bar, but there’s just something wrong with that. I still drive my same car I’ve been driving for a long time, and I haven’t bought a house yet."

Though Lawrence still sees herself in the same light, the rest of the world sees a famous face. "I don’t ever walk around feeling famous," she says. "I walk around feeling the exact same way I have walked around my entire life, but it’s not until I talk to somebody and see in their eyes that I’m different. It makes me feel weird.”

“I’m more comfortable with people who know me, like my close friends who I have known forever and my family obviously," she continues. "There is kind of a sadness that happens when you look into someone’s eyes and you realize that they’re looking at you a certain way, like you are not really you."

And it's not just her day-to-day that's different. Lawrence's success on screen thrusts her into a different spotlight — schmoozing on red carpets and speaking on stages, places where she feels she doesn't shine.

"I’m afraid I’m going to go my whole life being scared like a Chihuahua. It’s not my comfort zone," she says. "Making movies is where I belong. I shouldn’t be heard just talking. So, when I’m doing movies, I’m really happy. That’s where I’m comfortable, that’s my home. When you put me on a red carpet or on a stage, I turn into chihuahua Jennifer... [and] I have no control over what comes out of my mouth."

It's those drawbacks of celebrity that caused the actress to hesitate before taking on her career-defining role as lead Katniss Everdeen in the record-breaking Hunger Games franchise. "I was happy with my life, and I didn’t know if I wanted it to change," she recalls. "I’ve always had this imaginary future where I would be a soccer mom that drove a mini-van and my kids would be normal. That just didn’t fit with taking on a giant franchise. So I took three days to decide, and each day was a different answer."

"I finally talked to my mom," she continues. "I’d only really done indie films before that, and she said: ‘Every time people ask you why you don’t do studio movies, you always say that it’s because you don’t care about the size of the movie, you care about the story and the character. But you’re a hypocrite, because now you have a story and a character that you love, but you’re not saying yes to it because of the size of it.’ So, I said yes, and I haven’t regretted it.”

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  • KristenManiac
    KristenManiac

    I really like Kristen Stewart. I like JLaw. I like that Irish actor with the funny name. But Kristen blew it AND her career. I marvel at how stupid some people are who have it all. She is thought of as a hoe by many. I still like her, but it's very difficult liking a stupid person. JLaw is neat, fresh, and rough. Great actor.--very great actor. She only has 3 million in the bank. The Irish actor with those eyes has 2.5 million. Kristen has over 75 million, and is the least talented of the three.

  • Toni
    Toni

    Jennifer is awesome :)

  • Eric Walker
    Eric Walker

    “There is kind of a sadness that happens when you look into someone’s eyes and you realize that they’re looking at you a certain way, like you are not really you.” That's why we love her, because she can't be anyone but who she really is. Aside from her candor, she is insanely talented. But, now I know, if I see her in public, DON'T GUSH.

 
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