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11 things we love about Jennifer Lawrence's Vogue interview

August 12, 2013|By Nardine Saad
  • "Hunger Games," "X-Men" and "American Hustle" star Jennifer Lawrence lands on the cover of Vogue's September 2013 issue.
"Hunger Games," "X-Men" and "American Hustle"… (Mario Testino / Vogue )

Jennifer Lawrence always knew she'd be famous.

Yeah, she said it. But it's not what you think.

The zany and eclectic young star, who started her career at age 14 when she was photographed by a model scout in New York's Union Square, captured our hearts while doing the media rounds during awards season. She tripped over her Dior dress at the SAG Awards, boldly faced the customary wardrobe malfunction headlines, sassed late-night talk-show hosts and freaked out — fan-girl style — when she met Jack Nicholson. All that and she also took home a lead actress Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook" to boot.

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The soon-to-be-23-year-old "American Hustle" actress (her birthday is Thursday, though she speaks as if it has already passed) covers Vogue's September issue and talks love and her franchise projects: "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" in which she returns as strong-willed tribute Katniss Everdeen, and the next "X-Men" film, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," in which she reprises her role as blue, shape-shifting mutant Mystique. The "chameleon" opens up about her childhood and what it's like to get wildly famous out of the blue.

Here are some of our favorite quotes from Jonathan Van Meter's "seven-hour bender" of an interview in which Lawrence flashes between comedic and serious in an instant, both in real life and on set:

On why she thinks sponges can be the harbinger of relationships: "I wake up earlier in the morning when I have new sponges. That counter doesn't even see it coming," she said. Ex-boyfriend and "X-Men" costar Nicholas Hoult "would never wring them out. We were in the kitchen once, and I picked up the sponge, and it was soapy and wet, and I was like, 'See?' These are the kinds of things that make me think we are never going to work."

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How her co-workers describe her: Her "Hunger Games" costar Woody Harrelson: "She is one-of-a-kind, man. She is so herself. I love how she doesn't censor herself. She says the most outrageous.... Just incredible, the stuff she'll say."

Her "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle" director David O. Russell: “She grew up with these two older brothers, so she will do an off-color joke that will shock you and make you laugh so hard. And then she just moves on."

Jodie Foster, who directed her in "The Beaver" with Mel Gibson: "It's one of the things that I love about her the most — her rapid-fire teenage-boy-humor brain."

Her take on her "American Hustle" character Rosalyn, who is wife to Christian Bale's character in Russell's 1970s film: "Rosalyn is 100% a product of David’s imagination," she said. "She's a manic-depressive alcoholic, and I couldn't wait. Plus, I got to make out with Christian Bale." (Russell describes Rosalyn as "a character who is kind of an unhinged, intense, manipulative, brilliant but also soulful and heartbreaking Long Island housewife. And that was exciting to her. [Lawrence] has a genuine, in-her-blood joy in the inhabitation of other people."

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Her "funny" family dynamic: "My mom is big funny," Lawrence said. "She's loud funny. And my dad is the opposite — the funniest person you will ever meet, but he never raises his voice. He's just really quick. Very subtle.... We definitely grew up funny. ... You have to be funny in our family to survive, because we are so mean to each other."

She's taken on nonstop projects because she loves acting: "I couldn't say no. And then when I was on set, I was like, 'This is so much more important than a vacation. It's so much better for my brain to be creatively stimulated in this way.' It reminded me: This is what I love."

Her openness about her "unhappy" childhood: "Look," she said. "I grew up in Kentucky, I have brothers, we had to do sports, I was a horrible student, and I kept getting grounded every time my report card came out. Acting was never an option. It wasn't like, 'Oh, well, you got a C in math; you're grounded. But you can be an actor!'

"I was a weirdo," she said. "I wasn't picked on or anything. And I wasn't smarter than the other kids; that's not why I didn't fit in. I've always just had this weird anxiety. I hated recess. I didn't like field trips. Parties really stressed me out. And, I had a very different sense of humor."

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