When I heard it was the beautiful Jennifer Lawrence's birthday, I honestly kind of assumed she would be around 30. I didn't have a clue that today the [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) and The Hunger Games actor only turns 25. Frankly, it totally stunned me.
So I decided to look back at her amazing career, and try to figure out how she rose to the oscar winning legend she is today. Come with me on the journey that is J-Law.
2006-2007: A slow start
Jennifer's first acting credit is for a single episode of "Monk" in 2006. Let's not forget that she was sixteen at the time, and therefore it would have seemed like a big success for the middle class family that Jen was in growing up. She got small roles in two TV movies, and a cameo in a single episode of "Cold Case" in 2007. No breakout role had come to her yet though. Her breakout on film occurred when she was cast in the role of eldest child "Lauren Pearson" on "The Bill Engvall Show" starring Bill Pearson in a role supposed to be himself.
2008: First Film Roles
Jennifer had her film debut in the critically slammed "Garden Party" alongside Willa Holland (Arrow). While she didn't play a huge role in this, or in the same year's "The Burning Plain" alongside Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road). However, she was did get her breakout in "The Poker House" where she played the leading role of Agnes, a decidedly atypical teenager trying to deal with the day-to-day situation of her mother being strung out on drugs, while her only father figure is a pimp. This role was certainly the one which gave her career the kick start that was all too certain to be coming. She continued on "The Bill Engvall Show" into it's second season, playing one of the most important, and comical, roles.
After "The Bill Engvall Show" ended after it's third season, after a total of 31 episodes, Jennifer was left at a loose end, until a huge role for her came along, that of "Ree" in "Winter's Bone". You can find a full review of that film that I did a while ago here, but in short, it was amazing, and Jennifer proved herself worthy of holding a film upon her shoulders, as it centered very much on her. The film was nominated for four oscars, and it came as no surprise that one of those was for Best Actress. Jennifer was nominated for her first oscar at the age of 21, and her film was nominated for best picture as well. By the time those oscars rolled around in 2011, she had already scored one of the roles that would define her career up to this point, that of Mystique in the X-Men series. She starred in "Like Crazy" alongside Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, where she played a love interest for Yelchin's character, then starred in "The Beaver" alongside Mel Gibson, and again Anton Yelchin, who she again played a love interest for. But that was all before she starred in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" where she absolutely rocked as Raven, companion to Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), who abandoned him in favour of Magneto (Michael Fassbender). This beloved role surely helped her in the casting of her most famous role to date, which came the next year.
2012: Major Stardom!
If you had to set the year where Jennifer Lawrence turned from star to top of the A-list, it was 2012. After scoring the leading role of Katniss Everdeen in the adaption of the seriously popular "The Hunger Games" book series, she also scored the role of Tiffany in the first of many David O. Russell projects she would star in, "Silver Linings Playbook". Both of these films were huge commercial and critical successes, and Jennifer became a worldwide phenomenon. She even did what so many A-list stars have done at a high point in their career and starred in their own bad horror film, "The House at the End of the Street" proving that Jennifer can make any film watchable if she's in it enough. By the end of the year, the oscar buzz around Silver Linings was making Jennifer Lawrence top of every casting list there was!
2013-2014: It only get better!
As the inevitable oscar came for Jennifer's performance in Silver Linings, as well as a golden globe, Jennifer continued to endear herself to the public, on and off screen. Her hilarious interviews made everyone love her, and her performances in the second installment of the Hunger Games made her even more popular.
If all that wasn't good enough, her down to earthness about normal twenty-three year old things like getting drunk made everyone adore her, especially when she talked about it after falling down at the oscars!
Then Jennifer took on a very different role. That of potty mouthed Rosalyn Rosenfeld in "American Hustle" (again directed by David O. Russell) where she was a much more... sultry character than we had become accustomed to getting from her.
The role earned her another oscar nomination, but unfortunately no win this time. 2014 didn't really take a downturn for Lawrence, more a momentary blip. She starred again as Mystique in the fantastic "X-Men: Days of Future Past" where she took on a much more villainous role, but she followed the film up with period drama "Serena", which was met with poor critical reception, and then the third and penultimate Hunger Games film came out, garnering huge box office reception, but poor critical reception. While many attribute this to the lack of storytelling in the film, with so much saved for the second film, some also think that the lack of Hunger Games in a Hunger Games film was just a put-off.
The Future: ???
Jennifer is still very much at the top of every casting director's wish lists, and her 25th birthday finds her still awaiting the release of two potentially huge films for her. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2" is set for release on November 20th, and "Joy", another David O. Russell film starring Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, is set for release on New Years Day. After that, Jennifer has her final Mystique performance in "X-Men: Apocalypse" next year, as well as a promising journey into the realm of Sci-fi alongside Chris Pratt in next year's "Passengers". After that, who knows? The beautiful Jennifer Lawrence is charismatic, young, and full of opportunity for a bunch more oscars (from Joy, maybe) and her two biggest roles to date in massive franchises are both ending, so she has every chance to reinvent herself in any way she wants, as long as she stays as hilarious in interviews, I'll watch anything with her in it. Thank you for being so wonderful Jennifer, and happy birthday!
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