Jennifer Lawrence, who Anna Wintour hand-plucked as Vogue's September issue cover girl (also the publication's most-important monthly of the year), gives a compelling and super-strange interview. This we know because it's J.Law's charm.
What makes Jonathan Van Meter's profile of the 22-year-old, Oscar-winning actress worth noting is how he extensively covers the dynamics behind Lawrence's breakout success- specifically, what her directors have to say about her work ethic, personality and acting chops. Below are the highlights from the piece:
What "Silver Linings Playbook" director David O. Russell, who also directs Lawrence in the upcoming "American Hustle," says about her fame:
When she first showed up on the set of Silver Linings, she was asking Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro what it’s like to have people come up to you on the street. That wasn’t really happening to her. People didn’t really know who she was. But by the time the film was released and we did an event in Santa Barbara, it was like being at a Beatles concert.
What Bradley Cooper said about her on set (and where O. Russell likens Lawrence to an athlete):
I remember Bradley Cooper and I saying, ‘Is this kid even paying attention?’ Because she’s goofing around or eating my potato chips or making fart jokes. And then all of a sudden, she comes in, and bam! She’s like a lot of great athletes. You see that they stay loose, and that’s how they can be so in-the-moment while under enormous amounts of pressure. If there’s two minutes left in the game, they can come in and do something extraordinary because their jaw is not getting clenched. Jen stays loose. And then she hits a three-point shot from some ridiculous distance and we all just look at each other and go, ‘Wow.’
What "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" director Francis Lawrence says about Lawrence's acting prowess:
It’s all spontaneous; it all comes out of her gut, in the moment. I’ve never seen anything like it.
What Jodie Foster says about directing her:
It’s hard for her to be superficial, to be girly and silly and unaware. And so my direction was often stupid things, like ‘Move your hands a lot’ or ‘Giggle,’ just trying to loosen her up so she wasn’t as aware of her own significance.
Then there's this from Lawrence directly:
I’ve never said this before because there is no way to say it without it being completely misunderstood... But I always knew”—here she lowers her voice—“that I was going to be famous.
Fame, on the other hand, is something the actress is learning to grapple with:
I am just not OK with it," she says. "It's as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven't been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal. I'm not going to find peace with it.
She provides this example:
If I were just your average 23-year-old girl, and I called the police to say that there were strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks, they would leap into action. But because I am a famous person, well, sorry, ma'am, there's nothing we can do. It makes no sense.
You can read more about how Lawrence gets drunk during her interview and other oddities in Vogue's September issue, which hits stands Aug. 20.