Jennifer Lawrence, one of the world’s biggest stars is known for her work in major Hollywood films like The Hunger Games franchise and Silver Linings Playbook, the movie that won her an Oscar, but little do many of the star’s fans know that the actress began acting in Shakespeare plays at a little theatre in Kentucky at fourteen years old. Footage of the star in a performance of Othello has been released and is making the rounds on the internet.
Before her turn in Othello, it has been reported that the actress first took the stage in a production based on the book of Jonah at her local church when she was only nine years old. Known for playing controversial and ballsy parts, it is stated that even back then Lawrence’s choice in roles was the same as she played a prostitute from Nineveh.
Reportedly, Lawrence signed up for her first official acting class shortly after turning fourteen at the Walden Theatre in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. After a few months of studying at the theatre, the actress got cast as Desdemona, the leading female role in the Shakespearian tragedy Othello. The short clip that CNN recently released features the star performing this role, demonstrating pretty strong acting chops for a nearly-untrained fourteen-year-old.
The footage shows Lawrence in the fourth act of the play, conversing with her handmaiden, Emilia. The actress playing Emilia is seen brushing Lawrence’s hair as the future Hunger Games star stays completely in the moment whilst reciting her monologue. The second half of the clip reveals Lawrence singing a cappella. Audiences will know of Lawrence’s most recent a cappella performance in the latest Hunger Games film, Mockingjay – Part 1, in which she was reportedly terrified to do.
The ten-year-old video of Othello shows viewers that Lawrence seemed to have no problem singing in front of an entire live audience. If one has seen Mockingjay – Part 1, they will know that the actress seems completely relaxed in her singing performance in the final product of the film as well. Perhaps Lawrence is the type of performer that feels the need to psyche themselves out before “action” is called or before the curtain rises. Whatever the method is behind Lawrence’s singing, it obviously works as she has proven to hold her own rather well when showcasing her vocal skills.
The actress’s song she sings in Mockingjay has proven to be a rather popular tune as it has broken onto to UK singles charts and has peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes music top singles list. Although she would most likely be very reluctant to do so, fans of the star are undeniable in the fact that they would like to see the actress transition to music at some point in her career.
The fourteen-year-old version of Jennifer Lawrence proved to tackle Shakespeare and singing with a dedicated stride. One must wonder if they will inevitably see the actress tackle the stage again, star in a Shakespeare movie, or release an album. The possibilities are endless and only time will tell. The aforementioned footage can be viewed below.
By Cody Collier
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