Jennifer Lawrence really is the “girl on fire”. In The Hunger Games, her character, Katniss, is known as the girl on fire, which is fitting for J.Law.
Jennifer Lawrence is everywhere – movies, television interviews, magazine covers, and she’s constantly filling newsfeeds everywhere.
The public doesn’t just follow Jennifer or write about her or talk about her – everybody loves her. But, why does everyone love her so much?
There’s no debating that she is a great actress. She caught the world’s attention in 2011 when she received an Academy Awards nomination for Best Actress in the indie drama Winter’s Bone. Since then, she received acclaim for literally every other role she undertook, and went on to win an Oscar for her leading role in Silver Linings Playbook earlier this year. And she is receiving awards buzz once again, this time for the upcoming American Hustle.
But the reason that she’s so popular goes much deeper than the simple fact that she’s a good actress. People love Jennifer because she’s real. She’s a breath of fresh air in Hollywood, a world often filled with narcissism and deceit.
Everyone in Hollywood holds her in high regard for her work ethic and her dedication to every role, and for the way she treats her fellow cast members and crew. I read an interview the other day with a new ‘minor’ cast member from the next Hunger Games film, and the actor commented on how hard working Jennifer is and how she is always the first person on the set, even though she plays the lead character in the film. She is humble and extremely hard-working.
Jennifer is self-effacing, honest, and ridiculously funny. As she went to collect her Oscar for Best Actress earlier this year, she fell on the steps up to the stage during the live broadcast. She laughed it off and made fun of the situation afterwards. How refreshing. Everyone has had an awkward, klutzy moment, but never on live television. She did and laughed it off.
She’s constantly hilarious and throwing little zingers out in every situation. J.Law light-heartedly sassed Jack Nicholson saying “you’re being rude”, when he interrupted a post-Oscars interview she was in the midst of. And more recently, she harassed Jon Stewart for not preparing for her interview regarding the latest Hunger Games film, Catching Fire.
Miss Lawrence is an everyday American girl, who loves food. In one interview Jen said, “Food is one of my favorite parts of the day.” Hollywood would be a different place if people looked at food in a positive way like Jennifer, versus the negative. Jen also likes a good celebratory drink. During her post-Oscars interview, she said “sorry I just did a shot backstage” to apologize for a snarky answer she gave.
Jen was criticized by some for not being thin enough to play the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games – but, she fought back against the ‘haters’ in a powerful way. “I’m never going to starve myself for a part,” she said. ”I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner’…I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong—not thin and underfed.”
Jennifer is a great role model for young women – one who is healthy, beautiful, and true to herself.
She’s also a genuinely good person. At the London premiere of Catching Fire, she broke through the Red Carpet barriers to comfort a crying young fan in a wheelchair. She’s a good-hearted woman, who has never lost sight of her roots. She is close to her family and keeps in touch with her best friends from back home in Kentucky, and this seems to keep her focused on what is important and keeps her humble.
I could go on and on. But, Jennifer is a girl that I want to be friends with and someone in Hollywood that I want to support. I hope that she stays humble, hard-working, and continues to be as awesome as I think she is.
Jennifer Lawrence truly is a girl on fire, and a breath of fresh air in a world that is often so dark. We need more women like her in Hollywood.