With Friday’s release of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence stands in an even brighter spotlight than usual — a place which she inhabits simultaneously with grace and adorably awkward relatability.
Although the 23-year-old box office sensation already has an Academy Award that she tripped up the Dolby Theatre’s stairs to receive and is Hollywood’s highest paid actor under 30, she hasn’t let her success go to her head. “Why would I ever get cocky?” Lawrence asked in February’s Vanity Fair. “I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.”
So what’s next for the Lawrence? While she will certainly continue to prove herself in both comedic and dramatic roles, the star may expand her public persona in taking on advocacy roles. Lawrence has been outspoken regarding the unhealthy expectations Hollywood puts on actresses’ weight and appearances. Admitting that she has been told to lose weight or get fired, she says that it’s something she just won’t do. Lawrence is not only sick of our Fashion Police bullying culture but has said that “I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner’…I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong—not thin and underfed.” She could easily turn her role as a healthy living advocate into a broader platform.