Jennifer Lawrence continues to astound me. Heralded by men everywhere as 2012's most desirable woman (which to me is a tiny bit creepy as she spent most of 2012 playing teenagers), she brings winning charisma to every role she inhabits on the big screen. Combine that with a fantastic taste in choosing movies and a dryly self-deprecating real-life persona and you have one of the most exciting and refreshing talents working today.
I loved her work in The Hunger Games and her turn as a young Mystique in 2011's X-Men: First Class caused me to stop gazing adoringly at for a minute at least and pay attention to what another rising star was doing. There are no stars more on the rise than Miss Lawrence, hotly tipped for ANOTHER Oscar nod this year after her spellbinding performance in mental-health romance The Silver Linings Playbook, the only thing that could stop her now would be some ill-placed and ill-timed comments.... Ooops.
Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid... 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.
Before freaking out, let's all take a second to reflect on how well meaning this comment surely was. What Katniss is saying here is essentially: "I'm no hero, I just make movies."
However comments like that can often lose you an Oscar bid at this time of year, but with her reputation as a notoriously candid interviewee and a Golden Globe nomination behind her, I'd be willing to bet that Lawrence still has a legitimate chance at taking home some Oscar gold.
What do you make of comments like this? Should actors be a little more gratefull for their glitzy lifestyle or does Miss Lawrence's refreshing brand of honesty make you feel there's still hope for Hollywood yet? For me it's going to take a lot more than a comment that rings painfully true to turn me away from this year's most effervescent rising star.