Indisputably one of the most talented performers of her generation, Jennifer Lawrence was the highest paid actress of 2015 and 2016. With her films grossing more than US$6 billion worldwide, she seemingly couldn’t fail. Until she did…
Born and raised in Kentucky, Jennifer Lawrence was discovered by a talent scout in New York, aged 14, moving with her family to Santa Monica after scoring a part in a sitcom. Her breakthrough role came playing a poverty-stricken teen in indie drama Winter’s Bone (2010), when she was just 19. A Best Actress Oscar nod for the role made her the second youngest person to receive that accolade.
At the height of her dizzying success, Lawrence won an Oscar for her performance as a troubled youngster in Silver Linings Playbook (2012); played the role of Katniss in The Hunger Games over four films; and also starred as blue mutant Mystique in the X-Men ‘First Class’ team, where she would begin her on-off relationship with co-star Nicholas Hoult.
Always funny and self-deprecating in interviews, she struggled with her lack of privacy, dreading the notion that she and Hoult might reach the “Brangelina” stage of celebrity.
With bundles of charm and a goofball personality, the world fell even further in love with Lawrence when she stumbled on stage collecting her Best Actress Oscar in 2012. But her box office descent came like falling dominoes, beginning with 2016’s sci-fi romance Passengers opposite Chris Pratt, followed by critically reviled movies Mother! (2017) and Red Sparrow (2018), where she was mocked for her terrible Russian accent. And she appeared to be phoning it in for her final X-Men performance in last year’s Dark Phoenix.
Hoping to make her comeback this year in Lila Neugebauer’s drama Red, White and Water, the film’s release has been postponed until 2021. In the meantime, Lawrence, who turns 30 next month, has been busy settling into her nine-month marriage to art gallery director Cooke Maroney, with whom she shares a home in New York.