Jennifer Lawrence: Hollywood Heroine

jennifer lawrence hollywoodOh goodness, I do hope I’ve used the correct spelling of “heroine” in the title or this could become a completely different article about Jennifer Lawrence and her current role in Hollywood …

According to the law of fame, there is one aspect of a person’s character that can have them liked no matter who they are/what they’ve done/how long they’ve spent in jail, etc. It is an element that resides in the large majority of people that aren’t famous, but for some reason is seen as far more amiable in the so-called “A-List” celebrities that litter our television screens and computer monitors and phone displays and masturbatory fantasies every day. If one possesses this mental attribute, they are viewed by the general public as perhaps closer in status to us mere mortals, and the kind of person (to relay a sickeningly overused phrase) we all might like to “just sit down and have a beer with.”

I know what you’re all thinking, “Just hurry up and tell us what it is Zach, we’re  getting bored,” and so I shall. The trait I speak of, is being grounded. If someone in the fortunate possession of fame is grounded, then it is a clear signal that they haven’t fallen prey to the arrogance, selfishness and general pomposity that has befallen the thousands before them. At the moment, it is widely accepted that Jennifer Lawrence is one of, if not the most grounded person in show business in relation to her rank in the popularity table, and is therefore a Hollywood Heroine. However, I’m not so sure Ms Lawrence should be idolised so fervently just because she is the lesser of two evils.

Let’s take some time to get into the mindset. I’m Jennifer Lawrence, I’m an actress and from what I’ve read in the press I’m going out with Nicholas Hoult (although why I’d do that is beyond me). I have so far devoted my existence to getting noticed but now recoil at the sight of people noticing me. My life’s work to obtain perfection in my occupation has been wasted as I have misplaced the statue used to commemorate it. I have trouble walking on both indoor steps and red carpets.

Ok, now we know the girl inside and out. In reality, those characteristics could be used to describe any humdrum average Joe/Jolene in the world, right? I mean, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been hounded by the paparazzi about the content of my next article for the GLV, or the amount of awards I’ve simply misplaced over the years, or how difficult I find it to walk down a strip of red material lined with photographers and fans (carpets are for indoors only, dammit!).

I guess, in a paragraph dripping with concentrated sarcasm, what I’m trying to say is that it is unfortunately impossible to be grounded as a man or woman that experiences such alien scenarios to the rest of the population. A person that has swum in the glorious ocean that is wealth and fame will never come out and be as dry as those that haven’t, and being dry is good … It’s a metaphor, just accept it.

Now, as Jennifer Lawrence does a spot of house-hunting in London (which becomes less of a novelty and more of a past-time the richer you get) we can enjoy her presence on Earth slightly longer until she flies back off to magic land in LA, whether the Hollywood Heroine wants to or not.

Satire by Zachary John C

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4 Responses to "Jennifer Lawrence: Hollywood Heroine"

  1. LA   April 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Don’t get me wrong-I think Lawrence is a remarkable actress and generally a good person. But…if she’s going to go on record (and has many times) as wanting to be a positive role model for young girls, she (or her PR team) can’t pick and choose how and when to be that role model.

    It’s great she’s making a stand about the unrealistic pressures society puts on girls/women for their looks. But then she cancels that out with her now-public display of smoking (recently in London) that was reported in the Daily Mail. That is just as bad for girls, and shouldn’t be displayed by someone who wants to be considered a role model by girls.

    Interesting that in many publications that have printed or have pictures online of Lawrence’s outing with her boyfriend (who was also smoking), those pictures of her smoking are not shown. It seems either Lawrence’s PR team is working hard to keep them out of general circulation or publishers aren’t willing to spoil the “girl next door/she’s just like us” image of Lawrence.

    Lawrence herself knows that this isn’t something that she should be doing if she wants to be considered and considers herself as a positive role model. During the initial Hunger Games press tour, she replied she couldn’t answer when someone asked her if she smoked, citing she was in a big franchise movie aimed at young adults. Now Lawrence being seen smoking in public, something her PR team and Lionsgate Studios (who have a lot riding on her image as a positive role model) might not be too happy about.

    At the very least, her actions can be labeled as those of a hypocrite. She makes it well known she is against “fat-shaming” as being unhealthy for girls/women. But she finds it perfectly acceptable to smoke, something also unhealthy and not the type of behavior a role model should do. “Do as I say and not as I do” seems to be the motto she’s following.

    But will the public every know this? Probably not. If the pictures themselves haven’t been widely seen (for whatever reason), then she can continue picking and choosing how and when she wants to be a positive role model for girls without any reprecussions. Makes you wonder how she “sees the world and other people” lately…and why.

    • Zachary John   May 2, 2014 at 10:15 am

      I gotta say – she should probably have the freewill to smoke if she wants. It’s a free world and people shouldn’t be limited to what they want to do because of how they could be perceived …

  2. Zachary John   April 30, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Wow, Tommy – your enthusiasm for Jennifer is infectious.

    There is no doubt she is one of the most talented actresses around at the moment, but I have little doubt that being exposed to the best possible style of life can leave one completely unaffected with regards to the way he/she sees the world and other people.

    As far as people constantly in spotlight go, Lawrence is certainly one of the most modest and down to Earth, but through no fault of her own, that doesn’t make her just like anyone else.

  3. Tommy   April 29, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I’m sorry but I have to disagree. Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress and human being! The reason why everyone loves her is not (or shouldn’t be) just because she is down to earth but because she is really talented and in my opinion simply GENIUS.
    I think her level of coolness is comparable to the one of James Dean or Jack Nicholson (two of my favorite actors ever).
    She is the living proof that it is perfectly possible to stay grounded even if you become the biggest star in the world at just 23…which is an amazing message and example to young people who dream of becoming actors or actresses that with talent and the good people around you nothing is impossible.
    The real question is why do people keep looking at these celebrities as ‘aliens’ rather than as what they really are, which is simple human beings trying to make a living like the rest of us? As Jennifer says, ACTING IS JUST A JOB!!! What is so difficult to understand…Maybe if people would look at it as a job we would’t have these celebrities with big egos and represented as gods…
    The funny thing is that movie stars are really poor compered to billionaires…so should we consider them immortals or from another galaxy or something…?
    It’s just a way of thinking that I can’t understand and it makes me sick that people put into money or fame the real value in life.
    SO I thank God that someone like Jennifer Lawrence exists. She is different and really special for bringing Hollywood and celebrities back to earth where they really belong…(a bit like Katniss defying the Capital with the poisoned barries)…i think she made everybody look at that environment in a different way and she is kind of revolutionary for doing that.
    She deserves all her success and I am just happy for her.
    I really hope that people aren’t blinded by jealousy and hatred and that they can appreciate her incredible talent. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her but I am sure that if she continues like that she is going to become one of the greatest and a legend (which I think she already is: 23 years old, 3 oscar nominations, 1 win, 2 golden globes, 1 bafta and any other award you can think of = No one in history has done better than her at her age).

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