It’s once in a blue moon that a Hollywood film actress comes along who you’d actually want to get drunk with, and Jennifer Lawrence seems to be that woman. Everyone seems to be going mad for her, which, considering she’s a gal who speaks her mind and doesn’t take any shit, has to be a good thing, right? Though the fawning over her in the media may bother you, it’s our belief that positive female role models can only ever be A Good Thing. We’re no different from Grazia in that we want her to be our friend, but how sad is it that she’s the exception rather than the rule? If you’re in a position where you’re worshipping women for being themselves then that kinda indicates that most of the women in the public eye are hiding behind a rigidly constructed mask. And, for the love of J-Law, that makes us sad.
1. She flipped off the Press at the Oscars
There’s just something so amazingly childish about giving someone the finger, and yet it’s just so satisfying. One of our contributors once flipped off her boyfriend after a row. Perhaps the reason it’s so hilarious is because it’s traditionally so unladylike. We predict that giving the finger is going to be massively in this season. Extra points if you include a swizzle.
2. She’s a truly fantastic actress
Yay, talent. She’s a great actress – she was amazing in Winter’s Bone and her performance as depressed widow Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook was exceptional – so her Best Actress Oscar was truly well deserved.
3. She calls bullshit on the whole Hollywood Machine, taking the piss out of reporters’ stupid questions about outfits and so on, like so:
‘My process?’ – I woke up, tried on my dress, took a shower, had my hair and make up done and came to the Oscars.” Never has Hollywood been so brilliantly mocked by one of its darlings, and it was bloody wonderful.
4. She’s obese
Well, not really, but she discussed in an interview last year the absurdity of the fact that she is thought to be so in Hollywood, saying “I’m considered a fat actress” (which is absolutely ridiculous of course, given she’s not overweight in the slightest), adding that she eats “like a caveman” and is “never going to starve myself for a part” (I’m looking at you, Hathaway!). She also kept going on about how hungry she was on the red carpet on Sunday, even putting in a McDonalds order with a reporter – amazing. We love a girl that isn’t afraid to eat what she wants and encourage a healthy attitude about food.
5. It’s like she can’t lie
Her new Dior campaign? Absolutely beautiful. But does it look like Jennifer? Not really. ‘Of course it’s Photoshop’ she said, when asked. ‘People don’t actually look like that.’
She also doesn’t seem keen to even pretend to be enthusiastic about fashion. When asked about her dress at the Oscars:
6. She likes to party as a verb
Not only did she admit to reporters that she’d downed a shot before the press junket, but according to the Daily Mail she was also seen smoking a ‘suspicious cigarette’. And we all know how much we love that.
7. She also thinks Cosmo is shit and useless
‘I picked up an issue of Cosmopolitan the other day that had tips for job interviews, because I was like, ‘I need to get better at interviews.’ The article was basically about how to get someone not to hate you in 20 minutes. Every single thing they told you not to do, I was like, ‘I do that every day’, she said.
8. She’s outspoken about mental health issues
Asked about how Silver Linings Playbook had helped open up a discussion about them, she said “It’s so bizarre how in this world if you have asthma you take asthma medicine, if you have diabetes you take diabetes medicine, but as soon as you have to take medication for your mind it’s…there’s such a stigma behind it.” So not only is she funny and charming, she’s also wise.
9. ‘I beat Meryl!’
10. She’s clumsy
She fell down on the way to collect her award, making me feel a lot better about when I tripped up the stairs on the bus the other day – sure, that was pretty humiliating, but hey, at least that wasn’t televised around the world for millions to see. That she handled it so well with such humour and self-deprecation (“you guys are only standing because I fell and you feel bad”) just made her all the more loveable.
We could go on, but we won’t, because it will become nauseating. But my God, if there isn’t anything better than a hilarious, quotable woman.
Indeed, Vulture.com have a whole series entitled This Week in Jennifer Lawrence Quotes. We wish we’d thought of it.