December 15, 2013

Is Jennifer Lawrence the Actress of our Generation?


Some people love her. Some people love her slightly less. But let’s be honest, nobody hates Jennifer Lawrence – it’s next to impossible. The Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games star is exactly the type of actress the mid-20 something generation can relate to.

I remember watching Winter’s Bone, her first widely released film, and thinking, “Wow, this girl is amazing,” then thinking, “Who the hell is she?” The dark, ominous film with serious undertones, despite being solid on its own, was strongly carried by her dominating performance and brought her a first Oscar nomination. Though she did not win, her performance was regarded as one of the strongest debuts in recent history. Once she was cast as Katniss Everdeen, however, she became an overnight star.

Since then, she has become a household name. The Hunger Games opened to rave reviews and ruled the box office, exposing her to a whole new group of fans. Who could have guessed then she’d be nominated for an Oscar again just two years after Winter’s Bone for Silver Linings Playbook? The 22 year old is now an Oscar winner and two-time nominee. But it isn’t just her incredible talent that keeps us wanting more.

Plain and simple, she’s funny. She’s down to Earth, quirky, honest, and unafraid of embarrassing herself. On the red carpet at the Oscars, she unabashedly admitted to Ryan Seacrest that she was “starving”. She tripped walking up the stairs to receive her award and opened her speech with, “You guys are just standing because you feel bad that I fell.” Then, during the question-and-answer portion after the Oscars, a snide reporter that asked if she was worried she was peaking too soon prompted her to respond, “Well, NOW I am!” And that was just at the Oscars.

Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect mix of talent, humor, and relatability. She gives powerful performances when she is on screen and somehow entertains just as much off screen. She’s the kind of girl that would convince you to take just one more shot when you’re out at the bar and then hold back your hair when you’re paying for it later.

There are some actors that plead for our approval by acting their way through an Oscar speech. Then there are some, like Jennifer Lawrence, who are genuinely happy and speechless when they win. She may allude to beating Meryl Streep or suggest that Harvey Weinstein killed someone, but that is what makes her great. She doesn’t care who loves her and who doesn’t, and that’s exactly why we do.

By Kyle Shaughnessy