The 1 Role Jennifer Lawrence Still Hasn’t Gotten Over Losing
Jennifer Lawrence is an Oscar-nominated mega-star. From her work as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games series to her more serious roles in films, like Red Sparrow and Silver Linings Playbook, it would seem that the acclaimed actress has her pick when it comes to choosing projects in the entertainment industry.
However, working in film and television is not easy. No matter who you are, acting means you are bound to face rejection. Though we’re certain Lawrence has been overlooked for various roles throughout her career, there is one specific role that she still hasn’t gotten over losing out on.
Keeping a cool head during auditions
The American Hustle actress is known for being pretty transparent. Though many actors in Hollywood have discussed the grind of auditioning, especially when they are just starting out, Lawrence got brutally honest about not taking rejection to heart.
In an interview on The Howard Stern Show, she said, “When you audition like a run of the mill actor, we’re all auditioning for all sorts of things, you just get, like, five pages, and they’re like, ‘Act, monkey!'”
Next: Tons of competition
Competing with other actresses
Though Lawrence has mastered the art of keeping a cool head when it comes to auditions and vying for the same roles as every other young, popular actress in the industry; competition can still rear its ugly head.
The Winter’s Bone actress revealed to Howard Stone, “Emma Stone and I had this conversation once, ’cause we used to always audition for the same thing, which now seems silly because our careers are so different.”
We’re just glad that small rivalries in the workplace haven’t spewed into the actresses’ personal lives. We certainly don’t need another Joan Crawford and Bette Davis situation on our hands.
Next: One goal, one dream
A singular focus
Lawrence has been uber successful in Hollywood at such a young age because it’s something she’s always wanted for herself. In fact, during an interview with 60 Minutes, she revealed that she doesn’t have any formal education and she dropped out of school at 14 to become an actress.
She said, “I really don’t regret it. I wanted to forge my own path. I found what I wanted to do and I didn’t want anything getting in the way of it. Even friends, for many years, were not as important to me as my career from the age of 14. It’s so hard to explain, it was just an overwhelming feeling of, ‘I get this. This is what I was meant to do.'”
Next: A major loss
The most devastating rejection
Though she’s living her dream, fame and status, as well as the constant dismissals, have taken their toll on the highest paid actress in the world. She described one particularly tough setback to Howard Stern.
She explained, “The only time I’ve ever been truly devastated by losing an audition — because most of the time you’re like, ‘Eh, wasn’t meant to be,’ move on, what can you do? — was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.”
Next: Keeping herself honest
Being real with herself
Though she felt defeated at the time, Lawrence has nothing put praise for Mia Wasikowska, who ultimately took on the role as Alice. The X-Men actress called her “perfect and amazing.” In fact, Lawrence even got real with herself about the reason she didn’t get the role. She told Stern, “I couldn’t have had a British accent.”
Considering her Russian accent in the film Red Sparrow, we’re going to have to agree with the mother! actress on that one.
Next: Understanding the gig
Acting is way more than just a job for Lawrence. It awakened something within her that she never knew existed, especially since she had such a difficult time in school.
In her 60 Minutes interview, she explained, “I struggled through school, I never felt very smart. And when I’m reading this script, and I feel like I know exactly what it would look like if somebody felt that way. That was a whole part of my brain that I didn’t even know existed. Something that I could be confident in. And I didn’t want to let it go.”
Next: Forging ahead
Facing her fears
Despite her massive success, Lawrence has still had to deal with a ton of fear and all of the drama that comes with being a worldwide success. She knew when she got the lead role in The Hunger Games that her life would be forever changed.
She told Stern, “I had such a solid indie career at that point, that I was like, ‘This is perfect. I get to act, and I’m not that famous.’ That was what was nice about the sitcom I was just getting checks, acting, having fun. No consequences. I knew [The Hunger Games] was gonna be a life-changer, and the other fear was only being known for that character.”
Luckily, Lawrence hasn’t let fear or rejection slow her down one bit.
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