It is a tough era to be young and overwhelmingly popular the way Jennifer Lawrence is. While every day there seems to be a new youth struggling to handle the stress of being a global sensation, yesterday it was Lindsay Lohan, today it is Miley Cyrus, within the last hour it has become Aaron Carter, it seems like The Hunger Games star might have better odds than most at coming out of her fame with her sanity and popularity intact.
Although Lawrence has recently been reported to have had a minor meltdown on the red carpet, the actress has shown that she is generally down to earth and contains more self awareness than most of her youthful peers. Recently, at the LA premiere of her new movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lawrence strolled down the red carpet in a noticeable grey ball gown by Dior. What attracted so much attention about the dress was that it was see-thru, revealing the entirety of her legs.
While some stars might play it cool, hiding whatever doubts they might have at such a risky display, Lawrence seemed quite comfortable talking about her image and insecurities. Lawrence explained that the dress was not her favorite. “I think any time a girl has to show her thighs it’s never going to be her favorite look,” Lawrence said.
She elaborated on our culture’s perception of the female body by adding, “you look how you look, and be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.” But by the looks of it, Lawrence does not have to change anything in her normal routine because she currently has the favor of both critics and fans alike.
Those who think that this is just the beginning for Lawrence, and that we need only wait to watch her begin to fall, should be reminded that acclaim is nothing new for the 24 year old. Lawrence was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 2010’s gritty and underrated Winter’s Bone. Than in 2012 she was awarded the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the nominated film Silver Linings Playbook, for which she gave a moving speech after memorably tripping as she walked up the steps.
2012 also saw the release of the first part of The Hunger Games which immediately shot Lawrence into the limelight.
Despite all her fortune Lawrence has managed to appear down to earth and unfazed by her recent celebrity.
When Lawrence appeared on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show earlier this week she spoke about how strange it is to learn that people are following your hairstyle. It is precisely that find of self awareness coupled with the realization that it is actually strange for people to care that much about you that makes Lawrence’s chances of avoiding the more unfavorable press of her peers more likely.
When Stewart made a joke about Lawrence’s resemblance to a young Helen Mirren, Lawrence was adept enough to realize that Stewart just didn’t know that much about her new movie. Not upset, Lawrence teased Stewart, kidding him about how his producers had warned her that he might not know a tone about the movie and they might just wind up talking.
Whether Jon Stewart has seen The Hunger Games or not, one thing appeared certain on his show, Jennifer Lawrence is handling her celebrity with more humility and self awareness than most her age. Here’s to hoping she keeps up that kind of success.
By Nick Manai