Whether she's firing off arrows as Katniss Everdeen or stumbling up the stairs to retrieve an Oscar, there's no denying Jennifer Lawrence's place among the youngest, brightest stars in Hollywood. If you've been following her career, then you may feel like you already know a lot about J-Law, who balances her maturity with a candid personality and laid-back sense of humor. However, with a girl who's so outgoing and accomplished, you'd be surprised about how much more there is to learn. From wild assumptions to tidbits from her past, we've compiled some of the craziest myths and facts about this kindhearted Hollywood actress.
Although Jennifer Lawrence started performing in community theater at a young age, she never took any high school acting classes, nor did she join her school's drama department. She took her education seriously, though; she was a cheerleader and a straight-A student. In fact, she did well enough in the classroom to graduate two years early and get a jump on her acting career.
After failing to land the leading role in Twilight, JLaw watched from the sidelines as the media descended upon Kristen Stewart's personal life. This was a big-turnoff to Lawrence, who was raised in a suburb of St. Louis, KY and always considered herself a Tomboy. Unlike other young actors and actresses, Lawrence always envisioned herself as performing in independent films, outside the bright lights of Hollywood. When offered the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lawrence took three days to think things over before accepting the opportunity.
Before making a name for herself in Winter's Bone, JLaw played the role of Bill Engvall's daughter on The Bill Engvall Show, which aired on TBS from 2007 to 2009. She had several small parts prior to 2007; her first TV role was on the show Monk, where she played a mascot in the episode "Mr. Monk and the Big Game." Her first leading role in a movie came in the 2008 film Poker House.
Instead of being conflicted over Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, what if Jennifer Lawrence had been siding with Team Edward or Team Jacob? It very well could have happened, because J-Law tried out for the role of Bella Swan in Twilight before becoming such a household name. After watching The Hunger Games a few times, it's difficult to imagine Lawrence playing the role of such a hapless heroine.
Jennifer Lawrence was always a Chatty Cathy. She was voted the most talkative kid in her 7th grade class, and not much has changed, according to interviews from people who've worked with her on sets. Her candid nature makes her a favorite on the talk show circuit. She once told Jimmy Kimmel, "I just went to the doctor today, I got a chest X-ray of my lungs and discovered that my breasts are uneven." She also told Rolling Stone, "I'm the fastest pee-er ever. I'm famous for it." These aren't exactly things big-time actresses share with the world, but that's what makes JLaw so relatable.
An Oscar-winning actress with insane popularity would certainly be paid at least as well as her co-stars, right? Wrong. According to emails hacked from Sony Pictures in late 2014, Lawrence received just 7 percent of profits from the film American Hustle compared to the 9 percent of profits received by male co-stars Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale. Even worse was the fact that JLaw's cut was originally only going to be 5 percent of profits. The hacked emails further exposed that just one of 17 Sony Pictures employees who earns more than $1 million annually is a woman.
JLaw has a natural gift for acting, but she's not bad athletically, either. As far back as preschool, she was sometimes kept from playing with the other girls because she was too rough. Growing up, she played softball and field hockey, and she played on a boys' basketball team coached by her father. When she landed her role in The Hunger Games, she started working out twice a day to get in shape. She also trained with a four-time Olympian archer so she'd look the part when handling her bow.
Jennifer Lawrence may be an Oscar-winning actress who already has a collection of hits on her IMBD page, but that doesn't mean she's not a huge fangirl. She freaked out when meeting Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage on the set of X-Men, she reportedly stalked John Stamos at a party, and she even shushed Bill Maher (who does that?) when she thought she saw Meryl Streep. No matter how big her own name is, JLaw is consistently humbled in the presence of others' greatness. It's one of the many reasons she's so endeared by her fans.