This is going to be a bit of a series.
There are many people that I have a jealous/admiration relationship with. And by relationship, I mean that they have no idea I exist, and I google the hell out of their name.
It’s a rather long list, so I’ll only be doing my top favorites: George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, Natalie Dormer, and Jennifer Lawrence.
Let’s start with Jennifer Lawrence.
I know some people are sick of hearing her name by now, since she’s all over the internet and in popular movie franchises.
What I admire about her is that she got where she was because of luck (and talent mixed in with that). She decided to chase her dream, and without really having any famous connections, worked her way up to where she is now. The best part is that she sees her success as what it really is — a job. She admits this repeatedly in interviews about how she thinks of her acting as her career. A very high paying, fun, amazing career. She doesn’t say that she’s God’s gift to earth, or that the world is lucky to see her in these movies.
She’s just doing her job. A job she says she is extremely grateful to have.
Considering her widespread fame, I think it would be interesting to take a look at the pre-Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence. It’s easy to forget that at one point in time, she was a young, unknown beginner.
This is from an article released shortly after Winter’s Bone. Read the full article here.
The interview is between Jodie Foster and Lawrence:
FOSTER: So what’s your story right now? You’re headed off to do another movie?
LAWRENCE: I’ve got a bunch of things going on. I’m doing a movie called House at the End of the Street [with Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot]. Whenever I really want a part, I’m not sure what to do. How do I let the director know how obsessed I am and willing to do anything for the movie? Like, I wanted to write this one director a letter, so I wrote him a handwritten note. But then I was like, How many people are writing this guy handwritten letters? Is it going to seem cheesy? What do I do? Do I sleep outside of his house until he agrees to give me the part?
FOSTER: [laughs] That might scare him off a bit—it’s likeFatal Attraction .
LAWRENCE: I know! It makes you feel supercrazy. It’s like, “Please give me this part! I’ll boil a rabbit!”
FOSTER: But I think having that kind of investment in things is good. We always used to say, “Don’t say anything bad about Larry Storch, because Larry Storch will always want to be in your movie.” I don’t know why we picked Larry Storch as the example—he was the actor from the TV show F Troop. But I do think it’s true that anytime somebody comes to you and says, “I’d like to be in your film,” it’s never good to dismiss them or make fun of them, because if they’re passionate and driven enough, they very well might find a way to be in your film.
LAWRENCE: See, this is the part where I need help. I really want to call this director 12 times.
FOSTER: Yeah . . . Maybe don’t call him 12 times.
LAWRENCE: Should I write him a letter?
FOSTER: Absolutely write him a letter! Every one of my most important roles—in The Accused , in The Silence of the Lambs —I had to really fight for. I’ve had to beat down the door a little bit and send letters and say, “I’ll fly anywhere to meet you.”
LAWRENCE: That’s how I felt about Winter’s Bone and, of course, The Beaver.
Yes, she’s brash and that’s a turnoff for some people. But more than anything, she was a little girl with a goal, and was lucky enough to achieve that goal. Regardless of whether her not her attitude is an “act”, or if she really just marches to the beat of her own drum, I have an endless amount of admiration for her accomplishing her goal.
And, of course, her immense love of food.