Whoever said to “bite your tongue”…? Dare to Dream & Speak Your Mind with Jennifer Lawrence.
Not the average Jennifer next door.
It must be nice to be 26 years old with an estimated net worth of over $60 million. Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15th 1990, in Louiville, Kentucky and knew at an early age she wanted to become an actress. She was known to be a “tomboy” in high school with a love for sports, but finished two years early in order to pursue a career in entertainment. Jennifer’s first listed IMDB credits are from 2006 for her small role as a mascot in the Golden Globe Winning comedic drama, Monk, that aired as a TV series from 2002-2009. As well as, her roll in an eight minute TV drama titled, Company Town directed by three Prime Time Emmy Award Winner, Thomas Carter (known for Coach Carter), where Jennifer worked along-side seasoned actors such as Esai Morales and Blair Underwood. Not the average start for the common actor. Her IMDB credits only blossomed from there. She continued working every year determined to make her presence known and in 2011 we got to see her kick ass (literally) in films like X-Men: Apocalypse where she carried her weight as Raven/Mystique, replacing the beautiful Rebecca Romijn. After 8 hours of blue makeup application the change in actresses was barely noticeable. Her major breakout roll can be credited to Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross and the Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O’Russel (known for American Hustle) in 2012.
Jennifer Lawrence has continued to outshine many other actresses as she’s carried herself into some exceptionally strong leading lady roles. She’s won countless awards and received an incredible amount of nominations. In 2016, she won Golden Globe’s Best Actress for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Award for her performance in Joy, where her character goes from little sweet dreamer stuck as an average worker bee to miracle inventor and founder of a powerful family business. Her extremely talented co-stars Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro were icing on the cake in this film that was based on a true story of single-mother/inventor extraordinaire, Joy Mangano. This uniquely relatable role allowed Jennifer to paint an illustration in the minds of many, especially young girls and women, of what it means to truly be a resilient business woman with a dare to dream. The film is an inspirational “must see” for any woman.
She said Whaaaat?
Not just beautiful and talented, she’s intelligent. Lawrence sparked a classy mark of controversy for women’s equality issues regarding gender and pay, when she wrote an essay titled, “Why do I Make Less than my Male Co-Stars,” which was featured in the feminist newsletter, Lenny. Jennifer showed distinct emotional intelligence by not being angered towards Sony (during the Sony hack) for the gap in pay, but instead reflected inward to analyze her reasons (both conscious and subconscious) on why she didn’t negotiate greater pay. One would think life is fair-game with fair-pay for our era amongst genders in the 21st century… However, facts show sexism and gender inequalities are still very prevalent. Lawrence describes her own analogies on the social conditioning of women as it relates to business and persona. Of course a business’ job is to keep more money for the business, but as a woman she didn’t want to offend anyone for trying to negotiate more, which business (wo)men typically do, or should do… so she let a couple million go, for the sake of being “liked.” Which brings about a very valid question, would a man behave that way… worried about a negative perception of his negotiating efforts for higher pay? She writes… “…based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue. Are we socially conditioned to behave this way? … Could there still be a lingering habit of trying to express our opinions in a certain way that doesn’t ‘offend’ or ‘scare’ men?” She vowed to shed that negative social conditioning and work towards better negotiating strategies without the limiting fears attached. Lesson learned, she must be doing something right because according to Forbes she’s ranked the “World’s Top Paid Actress” of 2016, bringing in roughly… (brace yourself)… $46million pre-taxed money. Whoa… unimaginable earnings for most in one lifetime. I’ll take a page from her playbook any day.
So… What’s next & Who’s the Lucky Guy?
In 2013, she dated her X-Men costar, 6’3 British hottie Nicholas Hoult for a couple years before she dated Coldplay’s English musician, Chris Martin, which like most celebrity relationships, didn’t last long and ended in 2015. Who is she dating now? A handsome and more mature Darren Aronofsky, who is not only 21 years older but is also an established director known for Black Swan & Requiem for a Dream. Even though they worked together on his untiled project, that’s currently in post-production for 2017, the question remains… Will she be featured in one (or more) of his seven upcoming projects? Maybe, maybe not… She has seven of her own in development, including a Directorial called “Project Delirium” that’s been optioned. A woman on the rise, she’s proving to be more than just a talented, pretty face on camera, as she works diligently to build herself a repertoire of roles behind the scenes in writing and production. It doesn’t stop there for her… If she’s not working on her career, she’s working with volunteers for the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation she created that supports over 12 different non-profits with a variety of causes, including the Boys & Girls Club of America and Make A Wish Foundation. Jennifer has become one of IMDB’s top rated actresses, and has moved all the way to top 20 in ranks, from rank 4 to 11 during this write up… and I wouldn’t be surprised if she makes it to number one by the time you’ve read this article. She’s definitely one remarkable woman and 2017 is a promising year for real life heroin to say the least.
Article by Natasha Dee Davis @NatashaDeeLA