Jennifer Lawrence for Vanity Fair Magazine

Posted on January 03, 2013

We’ve been looking at a lot of self-important actresses flaring their nostrils and sucking their cheeks in on the covers of all the major fashion magazines lately. It is awards season, after all.

But Jennifer here provides a perfectly unpretentious response to all that, offering up nothing more than a big ol’ smile and what they used to call “sex appeal.”

 

Jennifer Lawrence covers the February 2013 issue of Vanity Fair magazine photographed by Ellen von Unwerth and styled by Jessica Diehl.

 

On acting: “Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid. Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? 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.’”

On playing Katniss Everdeen: “I read the Hunger Games books when it was Oscar season, so for the first time I was in these dresses which didn’t look like me and didn’t feel like me. I felt like a walking rag doll. I remember sitting there in hair and makeup, listening to the things that they were talking about, and most of the things I didn’t even know..so I read that and I was like, ‘I know exactly how that feels.’”

On walking the red carpet: “It’s uncomfortable having to pose when people are shouting at you and the next day you just get slaughtered. You walk out there and go, ‘Hate me!’”

 

She’s so much better at this kind of editorial work than when they try to doll her up in high fashion.

And she can get away with shots like that by finding the humor in them. There’s never a sense that she’s taking any of it too seriously. Of course, that could all be as much a facade as any other celebrity, but still. She wears it well.

 

[Photo Credit: Ellen von Unwerth for Vanity Fair Magazine]

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  • Judy_J

    I find her refreshing.

    • RebeccaKW

       Me, too.  I just love her.

      • kschwarting

        Me three.  And if the BKs haven’t seen “Silver Linings Playbook,” she’s absolutely wonderful in it.  And Bradley Cooper, not one of my favorites, is very good as well.

        • http://twitter.com/maggie162 Maggie

           Seconded, I loved that movie!

        • gabbilevy

          Agreed! Although… she’s one of the few women I really prefer seeing as a blonde.

        • RebeccaKW

          Haven’t yet, but I plan to.

    • Mismarker

      I agree, Judy_J.  I loves me some JLaw.  She’s the only reason I saw The Hunger Games and, for me, she’ll be the only reason to watch the sequels.   

      • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

        See Silver Linings Playbook too, if you haven’t already. She is so great in it.

        • Mismarker

          I’m working on it.  While I am a cinephile, it’s become more difficult for me to see “grown up” movies since having kids! My most recent movie outing was to see “Wreck-it Ralph”.  Whoop-di-dee!

          • twocee

            Aw, I loved Wreck-It Ralph.  And I didn’t even have the kid excuse :)

          • Mismarker

            I liked it, too! Most kid’s movies are of better quality then they used to be.  The Secret World of Arietty was one of my favorites of 2012.    

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            I hear you sister – it’s the only thing about parenthood that I dislike!  My hubby and I do a Sunday morning Cinema tag-team’ thing if there’s no-one around to babysit.  It works out fairly well but I still don’t get to see as much as I’d like to see in the cinema.

            I had to bribe my four-year-old with a trip to IHOP and the LEGO store so that he’d come and see Rise of the Guardians with me… there’s something very wrong with that!

            JLaw?  Love her.

          • Mismarker

            Cinephile moms unite! The last time we did the tag-team thing was for “Juno”.  May be time to revisit that option.  Usually, I just wait for things to come out on Redbox but some movies really NEED to be experienced on the big screen.  

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535548244 Kim Baker Vidas Davey-Irvin

        i had to sit here for a few seconds and try to figure out why you were bringing jude law into it.  ayup, d’oh.  pamcakes!

        • vandeventer

           Yeah that one stumped me for a moment too…lol

  • ralish

    She looks adorable. Love her here.

  • stubbornthoughts

    I love her and want to have sleepovers and crappily paint our nails together while watching “Friends” and “Fashion Police.”

  • alyce1213

    I love her for saying all that.  I find her unique among actresses of her generation.

  • AuntieAnonny

    God damn, I love her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    I fell in love with her personality when she did a Rolling Stone interview. Its nice when they at least appear to not take it seriously. She really is a lot like Katniss. 

    • http://twitter.com/tymczasowa its complicated

       that Rolling Stone interview was indeed awesome. She seems to be really cool, fun to hang out with gal

  • http://twitter.com/lisledanielle Danielle Lisle

    Dat ass.

  • MK03

    Very Bardot.

    • wamalarkey

      I was thinking Ann Margret.

  • Introspective

    The answers dont seem canned, and she sounds like she has a brain. 

    That plus the pics playing perfectly to her strengths and not trying to oversell the sexy has now made JLaw a friend in my head…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DNWEFT2SVBX5T3NPMROQCT4U2U jennyv

    That might just be the best magazine cover of an actress ever. And goddamn that bitches’ body is hot!!

    • l_c_ann

      The first time I noticed her was at the movie awards two years ago when she wore a perfectly fitted intense pink dress that stood out for showing her body at its best, that stood out from all the other dresses, and that made me wish to be a twenty something girl  again  because that dress was so great on her. 

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    It suits her. Love the sex kitten hair.

  • Sobaika

    That is a GORGEOUS cover.

  • http://twitter.com/emilyf007 emily

    I was always kinda meh about her but now I really quite like her

  • carolie_king

    You could hit me over the head with Jennifer Lawrence and I wouldn’t recognize her.  She never looks the same twice to me, which may be refreshing, but also makes her forgettable.  Nice pics here, though.  I’ll bet the acting artistes ain’t gonna like the “acting is stupid” quote.

    • alyce1213

      That’s exactly why I find her memorable –she keeps you interested.

      • carolie_king

        I will agree that I think she’s an absolutely wonderful actress, solely based on Winter’s Bone, as I haven’t seen any Hunger Games.  But when I see her in the press, I don’t think, “Ooh, who’s that?”  I think, “I have no idea who that is,” which makes her fade into the crowd of other celebs that I don’t recognize.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Her image is far, far more sophisticated than any of the other starlets her age. Just the right blend of off-the-cuff remarks and playful sexuality that clashes with her killa face and bod. Well done indeed.

  • deathandthestrawberry

    She’s such a refreshing antidote to the Anne Hathaways and Kristen Stewarts of the celebrity world. (I actually like Anne Hathaway, btw, but she can be a bit much). I think Jennifer is going to have a great career ahead of her, while in five years we’re going to say “Kristen who?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571205045 Kent Roby

    While I miss the days when genetically-superior supermodels were on covers of fashion mags instead of starlets, I must admit that I, too, found this cover and the accompanying quotes to be really refreshing.  The only negative:  I found myself thinking of that line from Hunger Games which we’ve all vowed to never utter again, thanks to a certain Rupaul All-Star!  :)

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Except Vanity Fair is a celebrity/culture magazine.  They have fashion in it, but I wouldn’t call it a fashion mag.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571205045 Kent Roby

         That’s true.  I guess because they’ve done so many exceptional fashion layouts over the years (with and without celebs), I think of Vanity Fair as “higher fashion” than many of the true “fashion mags”.  Regardless, I do find this celeb cover particularly refreshing.

  • MilaXX

    I like the cover picture and since she referened it, I’ll pretend the leopard pants  - lounging on the car picture was set up by the stylist. I don’t know why, but I like her.

    • minnye

      The car pose is very awkward.

      • snarkykitten

         she seems to realize it too, judging by her expression

      • wamalarkey

        it’s your standard, come-f-me-from-behind shot. I usually let this kind of stuff shine on, but every now & then I think we will never evolve beyond these types of stereotypes. Le sigh.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VWVJVYZJCTXSQJA4E5PNEZLJA4 Jessica

    The best I’ve seen her look since onscreen in the Hunger Games.  

  • nannypoo

    She’s beautiful and her attitude is refreshing, but if she really thinks her profession is stupid I hope she will figure out a way to make it meaningful for herself. I heard her on a talk show commenting on actors who treat their job like a burden (I suspect she was referring to some negative comment by the always unpleasant Kristen Stewart) and she said she thought it was a great job because she got paid a lot of money and had lots of time off. Those are good reasons to like your job, but she should also take pride in how good she is at it.

    • ChiliP

      I think Jen is young and tends to put her foot in her mouth (by her own admission), but I don’t think she has a disdain for acting. I think she was trying to say that she enjoys what she does, but she finds the celebrity-worship and reverence of actors stupid. I am not in the arts myself, but I do think they have an important place in society, and Jennifer here is very talented. I’m glad she has her head on straight.

      As far as the facade goes, perhaps I’m being naive, but I think she’s a what you see is what you get kinda gal. Her image doesn’t seem put-upon to me. And if it is all an act, I’ll take it over the “look at me ACTING!” or “I’m so over this, let me sign another multi-million dollar contract” schtick any day of the week.

      • nannypoo

         I don’t think her image is an act at all. I think she is the goofy, lovely person she seems to be. I think she’s terrific.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i’ve been smitten with her talent since Winter’s Bone, she seems like a gal you would want have an intellegent conversation and a few cocktails with.

    • ecallaw1977

      It always gives me an inner giggle when the word “intelligent” is misspelled!

      (I would normally never be so rude as to point this out, but I’ve seen you post enough for me to assume that this is a typo instead of a misspelling) :)

      • schadenfreudelicious

        LOL, touche!, i must blame the residual remnants of holiday indulgence coupled with the need for new reading glasses for that one! :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KM5F6YLMLXS3AIQ5H3BIIIVABA fabulous

    LOVE huh!

  • Chickadeep

    She’s like the Anti-Kristen Stewart. Adorable.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Sponge/100000465550991 Bob Sponge

      Oh I love that word “Anti-K Stew.” Good hair or good acting, whatever that means.

  • http://twitter.com/Alyssa_T_Robot Alyssa T. Robot

    i love the cover photo! she looks gorge and happy – so much better than the regular serious plastic doll look most actresses get.

  • kimmeister

    MEOW!  That shot on the car is what Lana Del Rey wished she looked like.

  • Jennifer L.

    She needs a heel pop in the car photo. Then it would look less like she fell onto the car and more like she was posing on it. 

    • Alisa Rivera

      Yeah, I think that photo is super-awkward. I like her as an actress but she’s very meh as a model and I don’t think this spread is an exception.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Love her. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Chase/731391326 Julie Chase

     Ha! Her comments are fantastic.

  • LLuL

    I’d like to see the [acting] is stupid comment in context.  Of course she doesn’t think acting is stupid- Her work is a reflection of that.  Either way, I’m totally annoyed by that quote. Girl needs to check herself and dial it back, IMO. Can you imagine if KStew had said that?

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

       I think “There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.”
      is enough context.

      • LLuL

        Well in that case, it’s just a really lame thing to say. Acting is stupid because it’s not saving lives. Whatever.

        • girlat0mic

          From the context of the quote, it sounds like she was referring to the culture of celebrity worship and the celebrities that buy into it. I think she meant that acting itself isn’t stupid, but the insanely rich actors who believe the hype about their superiority are stupid.

    • tereliz

      From the rest of the answer, I feel like what she meant was that freaking out over acting is stupid because it’s not like if she flubs a line someone’s aorta is going to be slashed or a building will burn down. I get it. I put the onus on the mag for the comment’s openness to interpretation, but in no way does it sound like Jen is denigrating her chosen profession. Just admitting to its relative unimportance in the grand scheme of viable occupations. :)

  • julnyes

    That car shot is awkward as all get out, but the cover is lovely. She is very attractive and a fantastic actor, but her talents do not include modeling as we have seen in numerous photo shoots.

    I find her to be amusing and intelligent in interviews and I don’t get the impression her personality is a put-on.

  • EEKstl

    She’s adorable and talented.  I don’t take umbrage at that “stupid” comment: My inference was that she saw the cult of celebrity as stupid.  

  • Annabelle Archer

    Love her so, so much.
    Her face was made for the cat-eye-black liner look.  Every time she goes with it, she looks killer. 

  • bluefish

    She’s got a whole 60s vibe going which is, indeed, refreshing.  Love those pants!  Want that car!  And daisies!  Sex Scandal in Bush’s Backyard is enough to make anyone smile that sly and happy little smile …

  • Zippypie

    Love her.  Don’t change, Jennifer.  You rock!

  • MilaXX

    FYI Jen is hosting SNL Jan 19th. Should be interesting to see how she does on live tv. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1447060898 Lori Wade Miller

    She’s got a smoking bod, and she’s reminding me of Amber Valletta in the face here.

  • laurenoodle

    I want her butt

  • Monday1900

    Cover shot is cute (although 20th generation Marilyn Monroe) but the one with the car is tragic–pose is bad, boring expression adds up to vintage JLo light.

    • PinkLemon

       i found the pose annoying as well. almost, but not quite right. too much ‘presenting’ mayhaps?

  • bertkeeter

    Been there…seen that…anyone creative left in the magazine world beside G Coddington?

  • mjude

    adore her

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503432049 Kerry McCombs

    In that picture of her on the car she looks like Natasha Lyonne 15 years ago!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    The Celeb I’d Most Like To Look Like.  Doesn’t hurt that she’s only twenty-couple…

  • tereliz

    She always seems like she’s so very happy to be the places she’s at, which I love about her. It doesn’t smack of desperation, either, she’s just having fun doing what she does. She’s just got such a genuine quality, the kind of thing that really shines through in pics like the cover shot. I love the leopard cigarette pants, too! 

    The first interview I ever read with her asked the Katniss question, and I thought her answer was so appropriate, I suddenly didn’t see her as too tall or pale or blonde to play Katniss anymore. All the press she received from Winter’s Bone gave her a unique outlook on the culture of celebrity in this country and something to draw on while she’s working on THG movies. 

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Hate the obligatory, “Hi! Here’s my ass!” pose, but she seems adorable and I covet her hair in the second picture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=805505 Steph Foster

    Unpretentious AND hot? I fucking love this chick!

  • Trisha26

    She’s an excellent actress. But those comments about having to wear clothes/makeup that “aren’t her” or having to pose, etc. – please. She got into this business knowing full-well what was coming. Very disappointing.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

    I love the cover shot, but this inside picture is a little too Peggy Bundy for me. I suppose that’s probably the point, but it’s just reading tacky to me. 

  • guest2visits

     She looks wonderful in her natural blonde. I started to read ‘Silver Linings’ at the book store; but I think it’s movie to catch this wknd.

  • PaulaBerman

    It’s funny that you posted Jennifer Lawrence and Zoey Deschanel on the same day. I love love love JL and irrationally despise ZD, probably because JL seems so unaffected, and Zoey is just sooooo… just so.

  • margaret meyers

    I love those pants!

  • quiltrx

    Her forehead looks really photoshop-distorted on the cover.  Cute inside pic, though.  She seems to be keeping it real thus far.

  • jw_ny

    Getting a Julie Newmar vibe here…in the car shot that is.

  • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

    That second pic makes me feel like she’s stumping for a role in the next John Waters flick and I like it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

    ADORBS.

  • RzYoung

    That car picture is so cute and cheeky! I like this girl, I hope she stays down to earth

  • xmixiex

    love huh.

  • snarkykitten

    she’s the type of celeb that I’d want to be friends with. You know, assuming I lived such a glamorous life to be rubbing elbows with those folks

  • http://twitter.com/enuma enuma

    There are “best of” compilations from all of her TV interviews on youtube, and they are 100% worth watching.

  • kikisayshi

    Gorgeous cover.

  • kimd19

    agree agree

  • http://twitter.com/ashleynalvarez Ashley Alvarez

    God I want those pants.

  • Lilak

    She’s just the best kind of pin-up!

  • http://twitter.com/ChelleSparks Chelle

    You WORK that Peggy Bundy shit.