Why Jennifer Lawrence is Here to Stay


Megan Freeman, Editor-In-Chief

You may or may not have heard of a certain little mania called “The Hunger Games”. You know, the book-turned-movie that came out last month, shattered box office records and is hailed as the next pop-culture phenomenon? After the biggest non-sequel opening in box office history and four weeks and counting at the top of the charts, “The Hunger Games” revenues are finally starting to slow down and the hype is beginning to wear off. But even as the movie’s name fades from the headlines (at least until the sequel, Catching Fire, is released next year), one thing is sure to stay: Jennifer Lawrence.

You know her. Even if you didn’t see the movie, there’s no escaping her name. Her face has been everywhere for the last couple months—peering out from magazine racks on the covers of Rolling Stone, Glamour, and Vanity Fair, to name a few. She’s been on Letterman, Fallon, Kimmel, “Good Morning America,” and just about every other talk show you can name. In short, she’s been branded Hollywood’s next “it girl.” So why do we care? Because Jennifer Lawrence isn’t just here for her 15 minutes of fame—she’s here to stay. Here’s why:

1.  Girlfriend’s got mad skills. Her role as a gritty Ozark daughter of a meth cooker in “Winter’s Bone” earned her a well deserved Oscar nomination in 2010, but even before that, JLaw was demonstrating her abilities in small but intense indie films. She knows how to pick her roles, too. In her first film, “The Poker House” (2008), she plays a 14-year-old girl who grows up in a brothel and gets raped by her mother’s pimp. Cheery, right? No matter the role, no matter how intense, grim, dark, or just flat out disturbing, Lawrence plays the characters with depth and heart that will make her go down in history. For a more detailed look into her roles in films, check out the graphic organizer that is linked at the end of the article.

2. Have you looked at her? She has the blonde bombshell look down pat; her hair looks like she just walked out of a Garnier Fructis commercial. The only complaint people have about her looks is that she’s “too curvy,” and not in the euphemism-for-fat kind of way, in the euphemism-for-“too-sexy” kind of way. There’s a problem I’d like to have.

3. She has personality in spades. Just watch one interview, I dare you. They’re like freaking Lay’s potato chips, you can’t just watch one. Almost 90 percent of her interviews end up discussing her hick background from Kentucky or peeing. And the expressions she makes while discussing decidedly non-red carpet topics are simultaneously hilarious and endearing. Scores of fans on the internet have taken clips of her reactions during interviews and turned them into a collection of .gifs that will make soy milk come out your nose—trust me.

Whether you liked “The Hunger Games” or not, the series certainly won’t be the last we see of Jennifer Lawrence. And thank God for that.

Here’s the link to the graphic organizer of Lawrence’s movie roles: http://i.imgur.com/uOkos.jpg