“There’s part of me that can’t imagine Jen not working, or not working for long.” Lawrence herself has said that this is her metabolism, that she can’t stand the idea of “waking up with nothing to do or going to sleep without accomplishing anything.” Lately, however, she’s come around to the idea that a little bit of rest might be good.“Yeah, that was ridiculous,” she says. This is great.”By now, you’ve probably read a thousand things about how Jennifer Lawrence is just like the rest of us, how she is exactly the kind of Hollywood non–head case you’d want to chill at a fire and share reasonably priced bourbon with. Amid a breezy conversation that ranges from the ”) to whether or not it’s worth trying ayahuasca (She hasn’t: “I haven’t had the calling”) to Lawrence’s famous adoration of reality TV (“You can look at someone else’s life and say, ‘Well, obviously, you shouldn’t marry that guy,’ and it makes you feel like God for 30 minutes”), it’s easy to forget you’re in the company of someone now hailed as movie-industry royalty—a description that will surely cause Lawrence to draw a finger to her mouth and make the barf sign.“I’m not sure she has the capacity to be anyone but herself,” says Lawrence’s best friend, Justine Ciarrocchi, one of her roommates back in their shared-apartment/ramen-noodles days.
“She’s a bit like a shark in that way—she needs to keep moving to stay alive,” says Francis Lawrence.
I think it’s going to be the kind of film that people argue about at dinner parties for months, if not years. A celebrated director (] works as a truthful, realistic relationship movie . At the moment, only a handful of people have seen the film, and Aronofsky is cautious about saying anything revealing.
I also can’t believe I took Lawrence to a sensory-deprivation tank after she saw it. “Different people will see it different ways, and I’m always inspired by films you remember and are still talking about a few days later.”After writing the script in a flurry—five days, he says—Aronofsky was thrilled to get Lawrence for the part, considering her hectic schedule and the fact that would begin with three months of rehearsals in a Brooklyn warehouse involving the primary cast, which besides Lawrence and Pfeiffer includes Javier Bardem and Ed Harris.“To get that type of commitment from an actor is hard,” he says.
“She has no filter and will say anything out loud that comes to mind,” says Michelle Pfeiffer, one of Lawrence’s costars on , who calls her “wicked smart.”“I like how clear Jen is,” says Lawrence’s friend Emma Stone, who, as it turns out, was here at the house the night before.
“She makes her opinions very, very clear to me, all the time—whether I ask for it or not.” Stone laughs. She’s just fun, a shot of light.”It says a lot about Hollywood culture (or all culture these days) that what it takes for someone to be considered “real” is a habit of honesty.
“I wouldn’t have a job if people weren’t going to see my movies. Here’s the basic idea: You enter a room (alone), strip down, step into a handsome white tank that looks a little like an early-generation i Pod, and close the lid.
You float there by yourself, in darkness, for an hour, just you and your thoughts, and, if you like, a little mood music. It also may be completely the wrong time to do this, because Lawrence has just seen is about, say, sea horses from outer space who take over the White House, but I can’t.
“For the past year, I’ve been dealing with him as just a human.” She praises Aronofsky as an “amazing father” (the director has a son from a prior relationship with the actress Rachel Weisz) and for his directness of purpose.(OK: It is not about sea horses from outer space who take over the White House.)The public’s first clue as to what lurks inside is an unsettling, multilayered film in which Lawrence gives a devastatingly beautiful performance that is equal parts vulnerability and rage and unlike anything she’s done before.The film jarred me for days after I saw it, and I want——to see it again. but also works on an allegorical plane, too,” the soft-spoken director tells me in a New York City editing suite in early summer.Behold, a miracle: Jennifer Lawrence, sitting still. “If I’d said, ‘I’m a regular person,’ I’d want to kill myself.” is still a fair word to describe Lawrence, and it’s delightful to experience.It’s a warm evening in Los Angeles, and Lawrence and I are alongside a fire pit in the backyard of a Mediterranean-style home high in the hills, where the air smells of flowers, money, and the negligible carbon burned thoughtfully by electric cars. Trust me: There are actors who get paralyzed about ordering lunch in front of an interviewer for fear of saying the wrong thing. This is not to say she doesn’t worry about blowback or misinterpretation or the types of things she might say if she had another Old Grand-Dad, but she can be deliciously, admirably truthful.