Jennifer Lawrence covers the new Entertainment Weekly issue as the 2015 Entertainer of the Year.
Sitting down with the publication, Lawrence opens up about life after her rise to immense fame, how she’s learned to protect herself and where she sees her career headed in the future now that The Hunger Games are officially behind her.
“I can speak from personal experience. People start to feel a lot less guilty when you become bigger or have more money,” she explains. “People feel less guilty because it’s like stealing a Snickers from Duane Reade [drugstore]. People forget about the personal drain or attack that you feel.”
For this reason, J.Law has tightened up her group of friends and those she lets into her life.
“I have a very small circle. The moment I feel like someone is using me or is in it for the wrong reasons, I have zero guilt about just cutting them the fuck out of my life,” she admits candidly. “My bullshit detector is phenomenal. None of my friends bullshit me. Everything in my life has to be real.”
Part of that small group includes some of her co-stars from The Hunger Games movies, which Lawrence admits has been a little difficult to move on from after the final film hit theaters last week.
“There’s just crazy shit you would never tell anybody, but you do because you’re sitting on a set together for 16 hours a day,” she explains. “Josh [Hutcherson], Liam [Hemsworth],Woody [Harrelson] — we know each other. These people know more about me than anybody on the planet! So it’s bizarre for it to end. It does feel over.”
However, all of her former colleagues from the film franchise have each made it clear that they plan to remain close pals despite the end of their era together. Not to mention, it’s given Lawrence the ability to meet a few new people and work on some projects for herself. For example, she’s built a relationship with Amy Schumer and her sister Kim Caramele with whom she is currently working on a screenplay with.
“They are the funniest motherfuckers that ever lived,” the actress gushes. “They’re brilliant writers, too. And fast! The script is pretty much good to go. We work really well together — it’s been the most fun thing ever! All I do is laugh.”
In fact, after this, J.Law hopes to continue screenwriting in the future along with stepping back into some smaller roles.
“I’d like to write some stuff that I’m not acting in, too,” she says before adding, “I want to get back to acting in small, dark stuff. I want to get back into Indies. I’d also like to direct a comedy. I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act. I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it.”
Well we’re sure she’ll end up doing it — successfully, we might add — and we certainly cannot wait for that moment!
At just 25, Jennifer Lawrence is already an Oscar winner and Hollywood’s most bankable actress. Since 2010’s gritty breakthrough Oscar nominated role in Winter’s Bone, she’s led the box-office-busting franchise The Hunger Games and worked blue for her role as Mystique in the X-Men series.
“It’s crazy,” Lawrence tells EW. “I signed on to these projects when I was 20 years old. I remember being like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to be 25 when I’m finished. It seemed so far away.” As for saying goodbye to Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence says she now feels the finality of Mockingjay – Part 2 arriving in theaters. “It does feel over. It didn’t for a while and I didn’t think it would ever sink in, but it has now. It feels over. And that’s okay. It’s okay to move on.”
This Christmas, she and director David O. Russell – who previously did 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook (for which she took home the Best Actress Oscar) and 2013’s American Hustle (which garnered her a third nomination) – have teamed up again for Joy, in which Lawrence takes center stage as the film unfolds over four decades to show how one bright, determined woman rises to become the matriarch of her family.
“David and I will never, ever, ever, ever not do movies together,” she says. “I love him so much that sometimes I can’t talk about him without tearing up. Look! I’m tearing up. I understand every look, every eyeball move, every word he says or doesn’t say. We were made for each other.”
Russell feels the same way. “Jen’s the same person, this girl from Kentucky who is becoming a woman,” he says. “I’ve gotten the privilege of watching that. That’s also the story of this movie. It’s a lot for a 25-year-old. But it’s happening. Jennifer is really finding her own voice.”