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"I'm not trying to be a GIF. I'm not trying to be a picked-up-on-Twitter quote. All I'm trying to do is act."

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American actress.

Her first big role was in the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show on TBS which ran from 2007 to 2009, where she played the eldest daughter, Lauren. In 2009, she got the lead role in the drama Winter's Bone and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, later winning for Silver Linings Playbook.

She achieved worldwide fame after being cast as Katniss Everdeen, the heroine in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games book series. In 2013, she appeared in American Hustle and received her third Oscar nomination as well as winning her second Golden Globe (having previously won for Silver Linings Playbook) and first BAFTA.

Lawrence is the second-youngest winner and third-youngest nominee of the Best Actress Oscarnote , as well as the youngest female actor to have four Oscar nominations (three for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress).

Although she's worked extensively with director Francis Lawrence, she is not related to him.


Tropes referenced by her work:

  • Action Girl: Even outside of The Hunger Games, her characters are almost always this.
  • Age Lift: In Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, the characters were originally written to be in their late 30s but were either changed or ignored to reflect twenty-something Lawrence's casting.
  • Breakup Breakout: She is the most famous alumnus from The Bill Engvall Show.
  • Contralto of Strength: Her deep, husky voice suits her well for playing an Action Girl or a villain.
  • Costume Backlash: She grew to hate the makeup process for Mystique, especially after X-Men: Days of Future Past, where she spent the majority of the film nude and therefore had to have it applied to the whole body. By the time of X-Men: Apocalypse, it was changed to a different process, and in Dark Phoenix, she's wearing a uniform for the majority of her screen time, allowing her to only have it done to the head and shoulders.
  • Cover Version: She sang "Something Stupid" with Édgar Ramírez for Joy.
  • Creator Backlash: She described the production of X-Men: Apocalypse as "all chaos, no fun" in an interview, and it's understandably theorized by fans that her experiences on set were the main reason she decided to leave the franchise (though she did come back for Dark Phoenix, albeit she was only in the first act before being killed off). She also thought the baby death in mother! was "a bit much".
  • Dawson Casting:
    • She was around eighteen when she played fourteen year old Agnes in The Poker House, which is understandable given the subject matter.
    • A slight example in Winter's Bone; she was nineteen years old when she played Ree, who is seventeen.
    • She turned twenty during the filming of House at the End of the Street, playing a seventeen year old Elissa. By the time the movie was released two years later, Lawrence was twenty-two.
    • She was twenty-one years old when she first played Katniss Everdeen, who is sixteen in the first movie. By the time Mockingjay: Part 2 came out, Katniss was eighteen while Lawrence was twenty-three during filming and twenty-five when the movie hit theatres. Interestingly, she also played Katniss at the age of thirty-three during the epilogue, which is the opposite of Dawson Casting given the character was now a decade older than Lawrence.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • She's naturally a blonde, a hair color she retains in most of her roles, though she dyed her hair brown for The Hunger Games, then black for the sequels (as Katniss is said to have black hair in the books). She was so nervous about going brunette for the first movie she actually bought wigs to practice the look, rather than jump straight to dyeing.
    • She learnt archery, parkour, and rock and tree climbing to prepare for her role as Katniss.
  • Fake Russian: She plays a Russian ballerina-turned-spy in Red Sparrow.
  • Hollywood Old: In previous movies directed by David O. Russell it was a case of Age Lift but in Joy (2015), Lawrence plays the character until she's 20 years older than her real age.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: In Red Sparrow, she plays a brunette who later has to dye her hair blonde. She of course is a natural blonde who had to dye her hair darker for her most famous roles.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Silver Linings Playbook had quite a bit of Fanservice from her, as do her roles as Mystique (where she wears a Spy Catsuit for most of the first one, and mostly bodypaint in the sequel). Passengers, Red Sparrow, and No Hard Feelings also have their moments, featuring nudity from her and showing off more of her body than usual (although in Red Sparrow's case, some of those moments count as Fan Disservice).
  • Playing Against Type: No Hard Feelings is a comedy in contrast to her usual dramatic or action roles, although Maddie does get into a fight at one point, she is an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist.
  • Promoted to Parent: In The Poker House, Winter's Bone, and The Hunger Games, she plays an impoverished teen who has to look after her younger siblings because their parents are either dead or neglectful.
  • Real Life Writes the Hairstyle: She had a pixie haircut in the mid-2010s because dyeing her hair for Siver Linings Playbook ruined it and she had to cut it short. She therefore is wearing wigs in all the remaining Hunger Games movies.
  • Referenced by...: Lawrence, or more specifically her character from Winter's Bone, served as inspiration for the character of Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond; Jaylah was even named after Lawrence ("J-Law").
  • Romance on the Set:
    • She dated Nicholas Hoult on and off after they met on the set of X-Men: First Class (where he played her sometimes love interest). They broke up for good around the time filming finished for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
    • She dated Darren Aronofsky from September of 2016 to November of 2017, and they even first met while Lawrence was acting in Aronofsky's mother!.
  • Star-Making Role: Her role as Ree in Winter's Bone brought her a lot of positive attention and earned her an Academy Award nomination, though playing Mystique in X-Men: First Class and Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film adaptation really made her a household name.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'9"note , and her characters are pretty much always found to be attractive.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: She plays the younger version of Rebecca Romijn's Mystique in the X-Men films.
  • Those Two Actors: She has acted alongside Bradley Cooper in several films, including Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Joy and Serena.
  • Underage Casting:
    • In Silver Linings Playbook, she was 21 playing a woman who had been married for a few years and spent time in a mental hospital. The part was originally to be played by Anne Hathaway, who was 29 at the time.
    • Roslyn's real life counterpart in American Hustle was in her forties at the time of the ABSCAM Scandal. And even though it's a very loose adaptation, Roslyn is old enough to have an eight-year-old son. The actress was only 23 at the time.
    • In Joy (2015), she was 25 playing Joy Mangano, who didn't start inventing until she was 30. She also continues to play her up until a Distant Finale.
    • By X-Men: Apocalypse, Mystique is twenty year older than she was in First Class, but only six years separate the two films. This one at least can be hand waved with Raven taking on whatever form she likes.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • She auditioned for the role of Bella Swan in the Twilight film adaptation; she later stated she "didn't really know what [Twilight] was" and didn't mind losing out to Kristen Stewart.
    • She admitted that one role she was "devastated" not to get was Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010), though she praised Mia Wasikowska's performance and also added she would've found doing a British accent difficult.