Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most entertaining actresses on screen and off. Her long list of movies ranges from The Hunger Games to American Hustle to her most recent, Don’t Look Up. She not only has talent but a glowing personality. She is funny, brutally honest, and so fun to watch.
Here is a deep dive into her life from how she got started to how she is doing. Her journey began in Union Square on a family vacation and continues with marriage, pregnancy, and a huge Netflix film. Here is the deep dive into Jennifer Lawrence.
She Is a Total Genius
Jennifer Lawrence is not some bimbo that stumbled across Hollywood and started acting. She is a smart, calculated, and ambitious individual. She has beauty and brains. Jennifer managed to complete high school in two years instead of the typical four.
She not only cut her high school experience in half, but she managed to finish with a 3.9 GPA. She suffered from social anxiety throughout school, so it was never a walk in the park, but she stayed focused on getting her grades and graduating because that’s what was important.
She Said ‘No’ to Prince Harry!
Many little girls dream of becoming a princess. They fantasize about a life in a massive castle, wearing extravagant ballgowns, and drinking fancy tea. Most little girls never actually get anywhere near becoming one, but Jennifer Lawrence did, and she turned it down.
Rumor has it that Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and sixth in line for the throne, invited J Law on a tour of Kensington Palace. It appears she was not ready or simply not willing to change her entire life and career to join the Royal Family because she politely declined.
My Super Sweet Sixteen, J Law Edition
Any aspiring actress, at one point or another, lands their first commercial or promo as a kickstart to their acting career, right? Well, whether this was the start of J Law’s career or not, she definitely had her commercial moment. She starred in promo commercials for the hit MTV reality television show called My Super Sweet 16.
This was a show about rich parents spoiling their soon-to-be 16-year-olds and throwing them massive Sweet 16 parties. Turns out, Jennifer Lawrence was only 14 even though the show was about 16-year-olds.
A Quick Rise to Fame
The extent of her acting career as a child was church plays and school musicals, until the age of 14. She was spotted by a talent scout in her hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, and encouraged to move to Los Angeles.
So, she followed her dreams, moved out to L.A., and landed her first big role on a TV show called The Bill Engvall Show. This was after the commercials for My Super Sweet 16 aired. The Bill Engvall Show was a sitcom that aired on TBS, Jennifer Lawrence played the role of Lauren Pearson.
Landing Some Major Roles
After her time on The Bill Engvall Show, she landed her first role in a film. It was a drama indie film called Garden Party that was released in 2008. In 2010, she landed her first lead role in the film that would kickstart her career, Winter’s Bone.
Her performance in this family drama showcased her acting abilities and created a lot of buzz around her skill. Shortly after, she was cast as Katniss Everdeen in the cult classic Hunger Games Trilogy and X-Men’s Mystique.
Not Only an Actress But a Model, Too
Jennifer Lawrence is absolutely beautiful, so it is no surprise that she used to be an Abercrombie & Fitch model. Her long legs and perfectly wispy blonde hair make her the perfect model for the brand. The thing is, she sorts of messed up that opportunity.
As part of the shoot, she was instructed to play beach volleyball, and instead of delivering carefree and fun shots, she got so into the game that she became a sweaty mess. Unfortunately, those pictures never saw the light of day and did not make it to print.
Katniss Everdeen Almost Became Bella Swan
When J Law was 17, she auditioned for the role of Bella Swan in Twilight, another big science fiction book series that was going to become a hit movie tetralogy. As we now know, she never got the part because it was given to another legendary female actress, Kristen Stewart.
It’s a good thing she didn’t get that role. If she had been cast as Bella, she would never hit the big screen as the beloved Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games, a role that ended up being the highest-grossing action heroine of all time.
Never Formally Trained in Acting
Jennifer Lawrence is a natural talent. She is an absolute gem in every film she stars in, always stealing the show. So, it’s surprising to discover that she had no formal acting training whatsoever. She never went to acting school or camp, and the extent of her training was church plays or school musicals.
After finishing high school in two years, her career just took off. She was discovered by an agent and immediately cast in project after project, so she had no time for any sort of formal training and decided to just be herself.
A Young Oscar Winner
Jennifer Lawrence not only won an Oscar, but she is the second youngest to win the Academy Award for Best Actress, at the age of 22. Winning an Oscar is already a big deal, but to be the second youngest is even bigger. She definitely has bragging rights!
She won the award for her role as Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook, where she played alongside Bradley Cooper. The film showcases the journey of two mentally ill patients as they navigate life, love, and forgiveness. It is an absolute must-watch.
A Very Fitting Superlative
If you have ever seen Jennifer Lawrence in an interview, you would have noticed that she can’t stop talking. She is an extremely animated and talkative person making her exceptionally engaging and fun to listen to. Which makes sense, considering she is an actress.
So fittingly, in middle school, the chatterbox was voted “The Most Talkative” for two years in a row by her peers. This comes as no surprise to anyone who has seen J Law in action. She was enigmatic and chatty even at the age of 12.
She is a Huge Harry Potter Fan
Many of us grew up reading the books and watching the films of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. We sorted ourselves into houses and practiced spells (right, we all did that?) and J Law was no different.
In an interview for The Daily Beast, she admitted that she read all of the Harry Potter books, not once, but four times! She also said that she used to pretend to be a witch, running around her house shouting spells and waving a stick in the hopes of one day receiving her Hogwarts acceptance letter.
She Has Experience with a Bow and Arrow
Is Jennifer Lawrence a real-life Katniss Everdeen? In an interview with Vanity Fair, she shared a crazy story. One day, she pulled into her garage and thought she heard intruders in the house. So, she went to the trunk of her car and pulled out her bow and arrow.
She loaded it, walked through the door and up the stairs only to discover that she was not being robbed but rather, it was just the repairman. He probably never came back to fix anything after that.
She Has the Weirdest Tattoo
Celebrities are notorious for having seemingly random and weird tattoos strewn across their bodies. However, Jennifer Lawrence’s tattoo really takes the cake. The actress went into the tattoo parlor hoping for an H2O tattoo so that she could always be reminded to drink more water.
Sounds like a pretty positive and important message to have on your body forever. Well, the tattoo artists messed up and instead, she was branded with an H squared O. Not so sure what that means…
She Has an Alter Ego
Like so many before her, Lawrence learned that getting drunk can be fun. Sometimes, when you get too drunk, strange things start to happen. Well, Jennifer Lawrence acquires an alter ego. The actress loves to overshare and apparently loves to get drunk.
In an interview, she disclosed that when she drinks too much rum, her alter ego, Gail, comes out. Gail is said to be more masculine, and she loves to arm wrestle but also has a heart of gold. Ever wonder if Gail can act as well as her sober counterpart?
She Is a Tomboy at Heart
Despite all the glitz and glam that comes with being a famous actress, J Law is quite the tomboy. She was the only girl in the Lawrence family and being surrounded by boys turned her into the ultimate tomboy. Apparently, she was the first-born girl in almost 50 years and her parents did not want her to become a diva.
So, they pushed her to be a part of more masculine activities. At school, Lawrence could never play with the other girls because she was always too rough. The girls were baking cookies and she just wanted to play sports!
The Crazy X-Men Makeup
Mystique has the coolest makeup out of all the X-Men characters. Her shiny blue exterior is a showstopper in any scene. The problem with this makeup is that it is extremely complicated to apply and remove. Jennifer Lawrence had to arrive to set 8 hours early in order to be ready on time.
When the day was over, it took her hours to remove the paint. It was so difficult that she eventually stained the bathtub in her apartment blue. After a while, she was given a custom bodysuit.
Her Fake Affair with Bradley Cooper
After starring in films with Hollywood heartthrobs, rumors began to circulate. She played alongside Sam Claflin in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook. The press was so eager to publish a story about Jennifer Lawrence and her co-stars.
Her publicist found out that they were going to leak that she was having an affair with one of her co-stars. Jennifer bit the bullet and came out saying she was dating Bradley Cooper. She did this because she didn’t want to upset Sam Claflin’s fiancé if she thought it was true.
She Always Stays Grounded
Despite her immense success and fame, Jennifer Lawrence has managed to stay grounded. When other celebrities reach her level of acclaim they tend to change as a person, but J Law was set on always being that same little tomboy from Indian Hills, Kentucky. How does she do it?
She explains it all in an interview with Vanity Fair. “Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.’”
She is of An Interesting Descent
Jennifer Lawrence has such a striking look. Her blue eyes and blonde hair seem different from your average American. Turns out, Jennifer is of English, Irish, German, and Scottish descent. Not only does she have American genes, but half of Europe runs through her veins!
No wonder she is so uniquely gorgeous. But her looks have always changed, from the strawberry blonde bimbo in American Hustle to the poor brunette District 12 girl in The Hunger Games, J Law has no problem changing her looks to commit to a role.
She Had an Embarrassing Fangirl Moment
John Stamos is a highly coveted actor. Has been in the business a long time and, therefore, has a lot of fans. Jennifer Lawrence is definitely one of them. Stamos is her all-time favorite actor, and she got the chance to meet him at a party.
J Law fangirled so hard and called him Uncle Jesse the entire night. She was so jittery and nervous from all the excitement of meeting her favorite actor that Stamos couldn’t help but ask if she was on shrooms! What an awkward impression to leave on your favorite actor.
J Law Discusses the Gender Pay Gap
Jennifer Lawrence devastatingly discovered that she was paid less than her co-star on American Hustle for playing an equally big role. This happened after Sony was hacked and many of their records were leaked, among them the wages for the movie.
She was so angry and fed up with the situation that she took the paper and began writing an essay about the gender pay gap. It was titled, “Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?” and it was so good that it was featured in Lena Dunham’s feminist newsletter, Lenny Letter. This was a major stance against a huge problem all over the world.
Jennifer Lawrence Wanted to Be a Doctor
Jennifer Lawrence is a phenomenal actor; it seems like she was born for the role. She has racked up so many accolades and awards that it’s impossible to imagine her doing anything else besides acting. In an interview in 2015 with Entertainment Tonight, she disclosed that she has always wanted to be a doctor.
Growing up, it was her dream job, and to some extent, still is. She then went on to confess that she could never concentrate enough to actually become a doctor and joked that she would end up just trying the illegally operate on people. Good thing she stuck to acting.
She Almost Passed up Hunger Games
In 2010, Jenifer Lawrence was nominated for an Oscar for the film Winter’s Bone. This was huge, but her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, a trilogy that began in 2012, was even bigger. This was the role that launched her career to new heights.
Shockingly, she almost turned down the big role. She was tempted to do so because she had worked solely on indie films at that point in her career and wasn’t sure she was ready for the switch to a major studio franchise. Where would her career have been without Katniss Everdeen?
Some Gruesome Winter’s Bone Stunts
Winter’s Bone is a gritty southern film filled with heavy accents, snow, and a lot of hunting. In one of the scenes, Jennifer Lawrence is seen killing and skinning a squirrel for her family to eat on a cold winter’s night. Turns out, she actually had to kill and skin that squirrel, there were no special effects!
Apparently, this received some backlash from PETA. Her brother’s friend had taught her to do it and after, she went home and cried, unable to stomach it. She also learned to chop wood and fight for the film.
Honey Boo Boo Caused a Car Accident
Jennifer Lawrence’s red-carpet fall is not her only accident. In Georgia, in 2012, she accidentally rear-ended someone in her family car because she thought she saw Honey Boo Boo, the hit reality TV star of a TLC classic Southern family drama.
On The Tonight Show, she told Jay Leno that she was driving past a breast cancer parade and she saw the word “boob” plastered across a sign. While driving, she mistook the word for Boo Boo. This really set her off and as she was trying to get a better look at the crowd to catch glimpse of the child reality star, she got in a fender bender.
She Was Discovered by an Agent in New York
When Jennifer Lawrence was 14, she went on a trip to New York City with her family. It was a lovely trip to The Big Apple for the entire Lawrence family. While they were walking through Union Square, a stranger stopped J Law and her mother to ask for a photo.
Apparently, the man was an agent with modeling connections. Her mother gave the man her number and Lawrence was called in for screen tests that were submitted to modeling agencies. This soon opened doors to the acting world, and she began to pursue her career.
She is an Equestrian
Jennifer Lawrence is no stranger to horses. You can see her skillfully atop a horse in the film Serena. But she did not learn the skill for the film. Growing up in Kentucky, her family actually owned a horse farm.
From a young age, she learned how to ride and take care of horses. It is a passion of hers, but she never got a chance to explore it while living in Los Angeles. Her first horse was named Muffin. Lawrence disclosed that the horse was cute, but she was also so mean!
Who Is Cooke Maroney?
He is Jennifer Lawrence’s husband and the father of her child. Maroney is also an art gallerist. He is the director of New York City’s Gladstone Gallery, which has an extensive list of high-profile clients and artists.
Before this prominent role, he worked with the painter Carroll Dunham and the sculptor Matthew Barney, Björk’s ex-boyfriend. His previous gallery work includes curating for the Gagosian Gallery in New York City. He worked there after he completed his degree in art history at NYU. He is very involved in the New York art scene.
Maroney is From Vermont
Cooke Maroney’s parents, James Maroney and Suki Fredericks, own a farm in Leicester, Vermont called Oliver Hill Farm. His parents no longer wanted to raise their son in New York City and decided that moving up north to the countryside and starting a farm would offer him a better and more enriched childhood.
Before they moved, James Maroney was an art dealer in Manhattan. He worked for Christie’s as the Head of American Paintings until he sought a quainter lifestyle. Maroney also has a younger sister named Annabelle. Even though his family moved, you can’t take the city out of the boy.
How Did J Law and Maroney Meet?
Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney were introduced through a mutual friend. J Law’s best friend, Laura Simpson, had previously met Cooke and thought he would be a perfect fit for her BFF. They hit it off pretty quickly and started dating but kept the relationship quiet for a few months.
The couple made sure to never be seen together in public at the beginning. They wanted to keep this new flame under wraps until they knew for sure how they felt about each other. Obviously, it went well because now they have a child together.
They Hit it Off from the Start
Although their relationship is very private and neither speaks publicly about any of their relationship details, it is clear they are happy. Maroney is a charmer who knows how to make J Law laugh and smile. Those close to them have shared that they have never seen Lawrence so happy.
He doesn’t treat her like the huge celebrity she is. He keeps her grounded. He is a smart and funny individual, like Lawrence, and they get along exceedingly well. Maroney knew they were in it for the long haul, and it turns out that he was right.
A Dreamy NYC Engagement Party
Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney were on the way to their beautiful engagement party held in New York City in May 2019. The party was filled with friends and family, and it was truly a night to remember. Lawrence wore a simple yet elegant white floor-length gown from L. Wells Bridal and her hair was thrown up in a perfectly relaxed up-do.
The couple was spotted looking at venues in the city and people assumed it was for their actual wedding but turned out it was for a dreamy engagement party. She is a family girl, and this was truly a family affair.
More Details from the Party
The engagement party was held at the River Café in Brooklyn. It’s a stunning location that overlooks the water and has a view of the Brooklyn Bridge. The café is filled with tables, flowers, twinkly lights, and striped awnings – it almost feels like something out of a movie.
The couple rented out the entire restaurant to create the perfect party. There were tables in the dining room, the terrace, and the outdoor patio, each exquisitely set, and the dinner featured various hors d’oeuvres and Mandarin duck. Emma Stone, one of J Law’s good friends, was at the party.
The Wedding of the Year
Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney got married in Rhode Island in October 2019. The perfect autumn weather offered a low-key wedding filled with family and friends. The couple was seen at a New York City marriage bureau obtaining a license just one month earlier.
J Law spoke of the wedding in June when she was featured on the Naked with Catt Sadler podcast. She talked about wedding planning and when she knew Maroney was the one. She shared that she wasn’t looking for marriage but when she met Cooke, she felt she wanted to marry him.
Details on the Rhode Island Wedding
Jennifer Lawrence shared that she felt Maroney was her best friend and she wanted to legally commit and be bound to him for life. She shared on a podcast, “You find your favorite person on the planet and you’re like you can’t leave. So, I wanted to take that offer.”
The pair tied the knot at the Belcourt estate in Newport, Rhode Island. Their A-list guest list included Amy Schumer, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Ashley Olsen, Adele, Kris Jenner, Sienna Miller, and Cameron Diaz, just to name a few. It was a beautiful affair filled with a lifetime of memories.
The Search for the Perfect Home
Two years after the wedding, the couple was spotted looking for a home in the East Village in New York City. On Friday, December 17, Lawrence, who was heavily pregnant, was seen with Maroney and a real estate agent looking at apartments. J Law had a penthouse in Manhattan that she sold for $9.9 million.
She then moved to the West Village to a brand-new townhouse that she sold for $22 million. Now, the couple is looking for the perfect place to raise their child and unlike Maroney’s parents, they will not be leaving city life to start a farm.
Welcoming Their First Child
On February 24, 2022, Cooke Maroney and Jennifer Lawrence welcomed their first baby into the world. She gave birth in Los Angeles. It was confirmed that Lawrence was pregnant in 2021 when she was seen wearing floral overalls and carrying a leather bag.
The overalls perfectly showed off her growing bump. The baby is healthy, and the family is overwhelmed with joy, but the name and gender of the baby have not been disclosed. Jennifer Lawrence is going to make a great mother!
She is Determined to Protect Her Child’s Privacy
Jennifer Lawrence shared in a Vanity Fair interview that her child’s privacy is so important to her. She doesn’t want anyone to feel like they have access to her child’s life just because she is famous. Her life might be in the public eye but that does not mean her child’s life has to be.
“I don’t want anyone to feel welcome into their existence,” Lawrence added. “And I feel like that just starts with not including them in this part of my work.” She is completely right, and we wish her all the best on her next venture into motherhood.
Jennifer Lawrence’s Break from the Spotlight
After her wedding back in 2019, Jennifer Lawrence seemed to disappear from the spotlight and the big screen for about two years. You might say she was just enjoying married life but there was more to the story.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, in an issue where she appeared on the cover, J Law claimed she felt like she couldn’t do anything right. After being in the public eye for so long she felt she and the public needed a break. “I just think everybody had gotten sick of me. I’d gotten sick of me.”
What Had She Been Up To?
Jennifer Lawrence appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to speak about her new film, Don’t Look Up, and about her 2-year break from the spotlight. On the show, she is pregnant with her first child. She shares how she spent her time away from the limelight.
When posed the question of what she had been doing for the past two years, the sarcastic star answered jokingly, “I just had a ton of sex,” pointing at her pregnant bump as the audience burst into laughter. She is back and funnier than ever.
Her Red-Carpet Premier
After a two-year hiatus, Jennifer Lawrence was back with the premiere of her new film Don’t Look Up, which premiered on Netflix in December 2021 and featured a star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Timothée Chalmette. She hit the red carpet in a stunning gold Dior gown complete with her baby bump.
She shared that after her hiatus, being back on the red carpet felt like an out-of-body experience, which is such a relatable feeling. Everyone has felt out-of-body at one point or another, but for Jennifer Lawrence, it’s on the red carpet at a huge movie premiere!