Is Jennifer Lawrence feeling ‘overworked’ & ‘headed for a nervous breakdown’?

Jennifer Lawrence

Before I get into the topic of this story, I’m going to mention something related to Jennifer Lawrence by way of Catching Fire. JLaw’s co-star, Sam Claflin (who plays Finnick although you barely see him in the new trailer) has married his girlfriend, Laura Haddock, in a private ceremony. Hopefully, this will stop the tabloids from trying to hook up JLaw and Sam in the future, but I don’t know that it will. They loooove to fix her up with co-stars.

Now onto the tale at hand. Just witnessing JLaw’s schedule over the past few years has been exhausting. The girl has made several movies and is headlining a franchise. In the past few months, she’s gone straight from an Oscar win to Hunger Games reshoots before hitting Cannes, juggling her Dior duties at Paris fashion week, and then straight into full body paint for the X-Men sequel. Talk about hectic, but I guess it’s nice to be in demand.

Now JLaw is appearing in new Oscar bait, which will undoubtedly start the cycle anew. There were rumors last season that JLaw was irritable and grumpy due to Oscar exhaustion, but she swiftly got over it by smoking some well-deserved weed on a Hawaiian hotel balcony. Now the Enquirer is claiming that JLaw wants to take some time off real soon, and I wish her good luck with that:

Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence feels so overworked and underloved that she’s ready to ditch her red-hot Hollywood career before she suffers a nervous breakdown, say friends.

Still just 22, the gorgeous Silver Linings Playbook star has done seven films in the past two years alone and is now shooting a sequel to the hit X-Men flick. In additon to filming, she’s run herself ragged promoting the movies.

“It’s all been too much, too soon for Jennifer,” a pal told The Enquirer. “She cried one night, saying she barely feels human. She feels like her family and close friendships are slipping away.”

In January, Jennifer split from British actor Nicholas Hoult, just two years after they fell in love while co-starring in X-Men: First Class. This summer, the two reunited while shooting the movie’s sequel, and Jen is telling friends she wants both her boyfriend and her life back.

The actress first raised alarms earlier this year while on location in Hawaii. She was spotted downing wine and smoking what appeared to be marijuana with a pal on a hotel balcony.

“Jennifer says she doesn’t have a substance abuse issue but finds it difficult to decompress after her heavy work schedule,” explained an insider. Vowing to slow down, the super-hot star is booking no new projects, and sources say she’s planning to take at least a year off from the Hollywood grind.

“Jennifer sees the warning signs that she’s pushing herself too hard,” said her pal. “She doesn’t want to get swallowed up by her own career.”

[From Enquirer, print edition, August 12, 2013]

Well, I can’t blame JLaw if she feels like taking some time off although I’m sure her team is urging her to stay active and strike while she’s hot. Surely it wouldn’t hurt her to cut back a little bit and have a few solid weeks of downtime. All JLaw really wants to do is to take some time off and sit around making fart jokes for a lengthy measure of time. Let her have it. Soon enough, she’d probably decide that she’s bored and get right back to work, but an enforced packed schedule is only going to create burnout.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

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  1. Bubbles says:

    I don’t really like her and I don’t know why.

    • Lulu86 says:

      i know right??? ‘stop trying to make fetch happen’ But honestly its not her fault every few years the media need a Jlaw to shove down peopled in a few years down they will be catalyst in her down fall or breakdown.

    • Sal says:

      Agreed 110%. I’m sure we’ll all be yelled at for these comments.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I don’t DISlike her, but I can’t get on board with the rabid fan-girl’ing.

    • Suse says:

      she is nice looking and a good actress, but she is nothing special. She´s bland and IMO she will be forgotten in 5 years. Every year “Hollywood” pushes a young actress like her till a new one comes along.

      • Lissanne says:

        Did you see Winter’s Bone? She was terrific in that. She is a good actress. But the people who have turned her into the “next big thing” have done it because it works for them. If she wants to be a serious actress, she needs to pull back a bit and be more picky about her roles.

      • angie says:

        people have a problem when a female actress is “pushed” but don’t seem to have a problem when it is a male actor
        I hear that all the time and for any number of IT girls and never for a male actor, for male actors they will get people to drop their panties and to drool over their bodies and get upset when the said actor gets a girlfriend

      • Liv says:

        Are you serious?

        I mean if you dislike her, fine, everyone has a different opinion. But you can’t deny her talent.

        She’s definitely one of the best actresses of her generation.

    • angie says:

      I personally don’t get why some people are bothered that Jennifer Lawrence is popular, let people fangirl who they like TBH.
      It is a free country after all, and there are worst things out there, i mean if Chris Brown, Sean Penn, Justin Bieber can still have fanatic fans i don’t get why some people are pissed she has fans or gets media attention.
      There are so many male stars and athletes who get a disproportionate amount of fans and love from mainly female fangirls like one direction, Justin Bieber etc and for doing absolutely nothing of note, i don’t get why a female actress who appear for all intent and purposes to be working hard, seems nice and lovely should be bashed or hated.
      It’s like people cannot be happy if a female actress become successful, she will be disliked for being over hyped and overexposed and what is interesting is, you rarely see these comments for a male actor getting media attention and hype for example like a certain Mr. Henry Cavill who everybody loved till he started dating Kaley Cuoco. JMO.

    • Rachel says:

      I don’t like her either, but I know why – she isn’t a very good actress. When people started raving about her performance in Hunger Games, I got really excited. I thought for sure it wouldn’t be a repeat of Twilight (loved the books, hated the movies – poorly casted with gut-wrenchingly sub-par actors). Then I saw the movie and it was just a giant MEH. Later, I saw Silver Linings Playbook and she didn’t “wow” me in that either. Or X-Men First Class. What the heck is up? It’s not that she’s a bad actress, she’s just not good. There are some actors that seriously floor me with their acting; actors that can convey a world of emotion in a single expression or a single sound. But at least she’s not another Kristen Stewart. Gawd, she really grinds my gears. Worst.Actress.Ever.

    • Z. says:

      @Bubbles, as well as those few stating their dislike: What a bizzare response to what is most likely NE blowing a story waaaay out of proportion! (LOL!). Lawrence wasn’t interviewed at all for this story (why would she be?…it’s NE, and never has the woman complained or really been in our face…she promotes when needed and that’s all. You don’t have to like her, but then why waste your time writing a comment about not liking her? (LOL!). There’s nothing offensive about Jennifer Lawrence that I can see, unless you try REALLY hard to find something offensive and then, well, nobody could ever win, could they?.

      Sorry, but I just found that comment coming from a really strange place.

  2. CG says:

    WTF is Sam Claflin wearing? Are those leggings???

  3. Bijlee says:

    She should take a break, im tired after just reading about her hectic schedule. I’m not a huge fan of jlaw but I like that she’s taking her health into account and she’s worried about it. The girl seems to know her limits. Honestly, she doesn’t have to worry about Hollywood forgetting her or anything. She has an Oscar and a franchise that will last until 2015 so shell be on the radar for a good while. Take your break girl!

    • Jules says:

      Hollywood will have forgotten her as soon as she hits 30. Too old for actresses.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yeah she got really sick a few times this past year right? I think she’s running herself into the ground. I know you and I feel the same way about her, Bijlee. I think it might be best for her to disappear for a while…the overexposure isn’t great for her career either. I think a lot of us are sick of her…

      • Anna says:

        I think part of the scheduling issue is that now promotion takes up just as much time and resources and the actual part of making movies. So even if she’s not working, she is supposed to be at festivals, fashion shows, interviews, ComiCons, magazine shoots, advertising engagements, etc. So it’s never ‘off.’

        Interestingly enough, I think she was apprehensive about this even before she hit it big – she almost didnt take the role in Hunger Games bc of this. So she had a sense that it might be too much for her.

      • Dev4 says:

        In my opinion, people around here like her more than not. It’s something I notice whenever there is a post about Jennifer Lawrence; there will always be those (usually the same ones) who for whatever reason don’t like her and really, never have. Then more will jump in with their opinions defending her. It’s actually a nice thing…so much different than when there is a post about Anne Hathaway, or Kristen Stewart, ScarJo, etc., it’s just one hateful post/rant after another.

        I don’t know, I find it hard to actively dislike someone that I don’t know and never will know. Unless they prove themselves worthy of being disliked, of course which, actually in the case of Kristen Stewart, I get why people may not like her…though the Hathaway thing was way overboard. But Jennifer Lawrence for me, is easy to like…she’s never guilty of destructive behavior, she’s not offensive or has done hateful things. Mostly, she’s funny and self deprecating and goofy and very talented so, easy to like.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Agreed, Anna. She overextended herself.

        @Dev4-I do think Jennifer is likeable, but for me, she just doesn’t have that “it” factor that makes me love certain actresses. It’s a completely subjective thing though, and I do recognize Lawrence’s talent.

        Since you brought her up, I actually find Hathaway to be a more interesting actress, even if her off-screen persona might be a bit grating at times. JMO.

  4. Jules says:

    I’m not sure how much of this is true because, it’s coming from the NE. However, Jennifer Lawrence has indeed been extremely busy and I would imagine that after Mockingjay has finished filming (which if I’m not mistaken, will be in May 2014) will take a nice loooong break…goodness knows the woman deserves it. If she is feeling stressed, it’s great that she knows now to slow down and take it easy…smart of her.
    Also, thanks for the photo of Lawrence in that white dress…damn, dat ass!.

  5. Lark says:

    Her schedule is crazy. X-Men, The Hunger Games, a part in American Hustle (though apparently it is pretty small and more of a cameo thing), the Glass Castle, that new Harvey movie, and then she’ll have to promote Serena. She literally never seems to get a break. It may be a good idea for her to take some time off when she gets a chance. She may physically and mentally need a break, but it would also prevent over-exposure. The next two Hunger Games will be filmed back to back and that is going to be exhausting for her.

    That said, I don’t believe NE but I also see how it could be true. I think this was just them assuming things after looking at her packed schedule.

  6. Melissa says:

    I don’t like her either. I want to because everyone seems to think she’s amazing, but I think what got to me was how she couldn’t stop talking about how much of a normal person she is.

    Actors are people, but they work in a very strange environment. I don’t like it when people who are cashing million-dollar paychecks pretend they live the same life as others. There has to be a balance between the Goopy-smuggy-snobby attitude and the J-Law-I’m-Just-Like-Every-Other-Girl chant.

    That being said, I hope she can find time to rest and reboot. I would hate for her to fall into Amanda-Bynes territory as a result of all the pressure.

  7. M4 says:

    Well, I adore Jennifer Lawrence and I’m all in favor of her taking a much needed break…and I think after Mockingjay, after all the franchise stuff is over, Lawrence will stick to making smaller films (which, I think is really what she loves best…smaller films)and be happy as a clam. Every young actress who becomes huge in a short amount of time has done this…Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron, Claire Danes, Jodie Foster, etc. it’s smart. Besides, Jennifer is a talented, well liked actress with a nice shiny Oscar…she can afford to take a little time. Then afterwards, after a nice well deserved break,(six months to a year) come back and film “Ends of the Earth” (LOL!)…I reallly want to see that film made with Lawrence and Brad Pitt!.
    Seriously though, taking a break is healthy…I want my girl to be well rested so she can continue to make great films.

  8. ORLY says:

    Oh, I don’t know. Some of us work daily with only between 2 – 4 weeks off per year. I could never understand the “poor celebrity’s hectic schedule”. Most people have hectic schedules and busy lives without the luxury of choosing if/when to take time off .

    Love Jen, I’m sure she’ll be fine.

    • Emily says:

      The work they do can be a lot more strenuous though – really early calls and then working till early the next morning… having to fit in work outs and keep their body/face looking perfect…being ons et on location for months at a time and not getting to see family friends… having to show up when they probably don’t feel like it to stupid fashion events and on top of all of that, being criticised by strangers every minute of every single day, ever.

      • Kelly says:

        A day on the set can be a 14 hour day when filming.

        I helped out with an industrial film for Exxon one year. It was a very non-glam two day shoot about accidents in the work place. It took two days of filming for 12 hours then they edited for 6 more hours. All for about 7 minutes of film. I was paid more on an hourly basis as Props manager than I did for my real job.

        I had a great time, but was exhausted.

      • ORLY says:

        A day at the hospital can be 14+ hrs and a lot more strenuous. I’m not saying that their jobs aren’t stressful, but I don’t believe it’s more so than a lot of other jobs. Plus, 14 hrs on set involves quite a bit of waiting around and doing nothing.

      • Liv says:

        You are probably right in terms of the working time. Actors have much off-time between film shootings.

        But don’t underestimate the pressure they have to endure. Paparazzi, magazines, publicists, premieres, gossip blogs, people who talk about your weight and everything…I think altogether it can be quite difficult.

        If I was her and read stuff some people wrote about her over here (or other actresses) I would never leave the house again.

      • ORLY says:

        We aren’t talking about the extras in this instance, paps et al are not part of this discussion. We’re talking about the workload.
        Anyone can talk about the strain they feel from their job even when they aren’t working. Child protection service, for instance, who deal with all manner of abuse and neglect in minors. Emergency workers who see severed limbs, exposed innards, etc. these things affect them emotionally as well. Again, not what we’re discussing.
        I’m not underestimating the plight of celebrities, I’m saying they don’t necessarily have it worse than the lay person.

  9. Jules says:

    @Melissa: I think the “I’m just a normal girl” thing is a kind of anchor for her…I respect that. It’s a way of staying true to herself; keeping her family, friends close, still doing the same things she did before she became such a huge success, I get it…it never bothered me because if my daughter were a hugely famous actress, I’d want her to remember where she came from as well. It keeps one grounded.

  10. Talie says:

    Well, it’s hard because right behind her is whole row of hungry starlets who would love to have these problems.

  11. pretty says:

    whenever i see that Sam Clarfin or something dude, i can’t help my rage. THAT IS FINNICK!????! WTF.

  12. Dev4 says:

    Lest we forget, this story is coming from the NE, which means that there is a kernel of truth and the rest came out of some staff writers ass. Lawrence has always seemed greatful for her success and, has mentioned that she feels happiest while working. I’m guessing that after X-Men DOFP she will take a nice break, then after Mockingjay, will then take an extended break…good for her. Hollywood will still be here, and Lawrence is talented enough and has earned enough good will that she can take a break, come back and be as fabulous as ever.

  13. lala says:

    How much you wanna bet that the Catching Fire PR team is pissed that Sam married his girlfriend right before all the intense promo for this movie is about to begin? I can guarantee that they wanted Finnick single for the red carpet, or at least to appear single so that women across the world could fantasize about being Annie. Or even to allow the tabloids to set him him up with JLaw because fans of the book series absolutely adore the characters of Finnick and Katniss and the possibility of them being together would also help the PR push (the Edward & Bella effect). I wonder if they’ll tell him to keep his wife off the red carpet, especially for the major premieres like in LA? LOL I’m pretty sure that this was his reasoning behind trying so hard to keep it a secret wedding…I’m sure all of his PR people told him to plan his secret nuptials for Christmas time…Now all he is going to be asked about on the talk shows & the red carpet is his wedding.

    • Olivia says:

      If Harvey W was running the show, he wouldn’t have allowed the marriage and he would have Sam and his now wife take a break during promo. That is what he did for SLP with Jennifer and Bradley. Maybe summit could make a push with Liam and Jennifer. I bet Liam dumps Miley as soon as her promo for this record is finished.

      • lala says:

        Yeah Liam will definitely dump Miley before the promotional tour for CF starts. I really think that the PR team was hoping to keep the threesome of Sam, Jenn, & Liam together the way they did in Cannes for all the important CF promo. But then again I wonder about how much control the PR people really have since they let Sam dress like such a loser in Cannes. His outfit in the first picture is really terrible. Do Finnick some justice!! I wonder if they’ll just push Sam off to the side, or just make him not as visible on the promo tour now, & make Josh the 3rd person at all the big premieres…that threesome thing I think is really important to them (the way it was always Taylor, Kristen, & Rob for all the Twilight promo).

        Sam always rubbed me the wrong way as the choice to play Finnick & his wedding pretty much makes me feel that I was right all along because any smart actor knows not to do this. Heck, in the books, even Finnick knows he can’t marry Annie due to his love-symbol status! Finnick in the books is the Heartthrob of Panem & I know this might seem really mean, but Sam is nowhere near good-enough-looking to play Finnick. I’m sure even he knows that since he’s said before that all the Twi-Hards (I’m not sure what they’re called for HG) freaked when he was cast and went on an internet rampage because he wasn’t good enough looking for the role. He says in the Glamour interview that there were much better looking men than him auditioning for the part. The only thing that I can think of for why he landed the role was his chemistry with Jenn. I can only hope that this is the case and that it shows in the movie or they will have made the biggest casting mistake EVER because anybody that I talk to that is a fan of the books always says that Finnick is either their #1 favorite character or their #2 favorite behind Katniss in this series & they wish he wouldn’t have died in Mockingjay.

        The PR & marketing people for CF know that Finnick is the biggest draw for this upcoming movie. All the “Twi-hards” have already threatened Sam if he messes up the infamous sugar cube scene & IMO they’ve already butchered it because you can see Sam’s ridiculous costume for the sugar cube scene in the trailer & it is the crappiest interpretation I could have imagined for the “golden net” that Finnick is supposed to be wearing during the start of the Quarter Quell. All the female fans were literally holding their breath about that scene hoping they would still make Finnick look sexy as hell even if they couldn’t put him in a golden net that was knotted only to cover his goods (so pretty much naked) because of the PG-13 rating, but instead they chose to make him look like a tool that’s wearing a woven straw skirt belted to stay above his belly button. I still don’t get this since they made Jenn look absolutely breathtaking in her costume for this same exact scene.

  14. AKA says:

    Gosh give me a break! I know that she is now a “high profile actress” but most of the parts she signed for are either parts of a franchise or those she got without auditioning thanks to Harvey. I bet she’s hardly in 20% of the X men movie and American Hustle. Believe it or not there are other actresses whom several auteurs want to work with. Naomi Watts has a career resurgence after her Oscar nomination and has signed on to parts which were sought after by actresses younger than her. Jessica Chastain is doing great too. And even though I am not really a fan of her, Anna Hathaway has got some great parts in her kitty. Plus she has the movie with Spielberg which has been put on hold, and Sam Raimi has explicitly said he really wanted to work with her on Spiderman 4 and wishes to do another movie with her. It’s obvious she is well liked by the mainstream directors. Lawrence’s acting style works with a limited number of directors so I don’t buy this whole “she is the greatest actress whom everyone wants to work with” angle everyone is shooting for.

    • angie says:

      she is tied to two franchises which she is doing at the moment and afterwards, she will most do indies it seems.
      She has become an A-Lister now due to her recent oscar win, so she doesn’t need to be auditioning, so what?
      Plenty of A List actresses do not need to audition anymore, doesn’t seem to affect them or the audience in anyway, i mean i am sure Meryl Streep no longer have to audition, doesn’t mean she has suddenly become a terrible actress and FYI, i am sure Meryl Streep is pretty chummy with Harvey Weinstein too,i mean didn’t Meryl win her Oscar in 2011 for Iron Lady a film from Weinstein company?
      even though Viola Davis was the one who won SAG award that year, Oscar race was tight that year and she must be grateful for campaigning Harvey did for her as many other actresses and actors like Kate Wislet and Christopher Waltz i am sure do, especially Christopher Waltz who won both his Oscars with Harvey Weinsten movies. JMO.

      • AKA says:

        I’m not calling her a bad actress for getting roles without an audition. I’m just trying to say she mostly just works with the same people whom she is familiar with, unlike other actresses who are actually well liked by many high profile directors and are winning roles based on talent over familiarity. But I keep seeing all these articles only about Lawrence being overworked etc. She has a good PR team which makes her look like she is so in demand to the point of being exhausted. There are other actresses too out there who are doing pretty great right now. FYI I hate Christoph Waltz’s, WInslet’s, and Streep’s Oscar winning roles too. Such hammy performances!

    • Leah says:

      AKA, You are comparing her to actresses who are 10-20 years older than her. Naomi watts is 44-45 years old. Jlaw is 22. Chastain is 38. There is no way she is even gonna be up for the same parts as them. And maybe you forgotten but Hathaway at Jlaw´s age was known for disney movies, so i think we can say Jlaw is doing rather well for her age. Most of her contemporaries with the exception of Mia wasikowski are still stuck in teen age rom coms.

  15. the artful dodger says:

    I don’t get the “I am exhausted and need a break” vibe from this girl. She seems pretty chill.

  16. ernie says:

    She and Liam look really good together.

  17. Arjuna says:

    @The Artful Do…: Neither do I, which brings the whole NE is full of shit argument into light.

  18. Liz says:

    I think she’s great so I’m happy that we have Catching fire, American hustle and Serena over the next year, but that is a busy schedule.

    • Tara says:

      I think she imagined a sort of indie, ynderground Kate Beckinsale career for herself and the super A list stardom took her by surprise. I do think she is a nice girl and as normal as she could be under the circumstances. But i think her version of happiness will involve roles where the character is quirky, unconventional and not too blockbuster big budget-y. As long as she doesnt tyrn into an eye-rollingm lip chewing shrew she should be fine.

  19. MademoiselleRose says:

    I’m not a particular fan as I’ve only ever seen her in the X-Men movie (but didn’t even know who she was at the time) and I don’t dislike her either. But she seems like a smart girl to know her life is missing stuff like a boyfriend and friends and that she needs time off. She should take it before she starts doing something stupid, like drugs, to get her through. A lot of actors take a year off and no-one even knows they’re missing. And she’s in a couple of big franchises that will go on so it’s not like she’ll be forgotten if she does take time off.

    Having said that though, the average Joe works year round just to keep food on the table and a roof overhead, and gets tired, but doesn’t have the option to take maybe more than a few weeks off in annual leave or something. So part of me says, well, you CAN do it so do it, but another side of me says, get over yourself, a lot of people work hard, live with it, be happy you’re well-paid for what you do. If I were her, or any other actor, I’d be socking the dollars away for the future, just in case.

  20. itsjustme says:

    I adore her!!!! She is such a breath of fresh air compared to all the other actresses in her age group.
    I love her realness and her self deprecating humor. I wish more of Hollywood appeared to be as real and down to earth as she does.

  21. Ginger says:

    I personally really like JLaw. I think she’s gorgeous and a great actress. Continue…

  22. Dev4 says:

    I love Jennifer Lawrence’s personality…she’s funny, charming, charismatic and a talented actress…I’ll take her over any of the overly manufactured young actresses out there today in Hollywood. Lawrence is also smart enough to stay under the radar when she has nothing to promote (which is why I find it hard to understand how you could get sick of someone who really isn’t mugging for attention 24/7 but whatever)…she’s not an attention seeker (getting pap’d when there’s nothing on the horizon, she doesn’t seem to feel the need to be SEEN).

    Sure, there will be those that do not like her, (your mileage may vary) but I’m glad that the majority of people out there do like/love her because Lawrence seems different from the average young actress.

    • spiderkitty says:

      But she is the only overly manufactured young actress in Hollywood. And by saying “actress”, I’m leaving off the Disney girls because they are just manufactured products to appeal to a specific demographic.

    • Bijlee says:

      I think people react to the effusive praise around her. The girl is talented. She’s amazing in Winter’s Bone. But most of us were here during Oscar season and were bombarded everyday with articles about how endlessly talented she is and how she’s blown away everyone in the acting world.

      And most of us know that Harvey Weinstein was behind this massive push to make her out to be that way. She is talented, Winter’s Bone showcases her talent. And she does sound like a fun girl to hang out with. But there seems to be this need for all of us to fall in love with her by her PR, marketing team, or the media. For most of us it hasn’t been proven in all her films.

      Her talent imo is overhyped. It’s not non-existent but it is over applauded. I think there are many actresses her generation who are just as good if not better. But JLaw is treated as the game changer. She’s treated as if she’s something novel and new to the industry. But how novel is she really? Her personality is, but not much else besides that.

      How much is she really changing things in hollywood? She’s still blonde, blue-eyed, white, and extremely young. One of my main problems is that her talent is so applauded she’s put in films with actors who are MUCH older than she is. It strikes me as creepy, but everyone seems to substantiate it because of her talent.

      Hollywood already has women that don’t get roles after a certain age, so the few roles available to these women are snapped by a 22 year old that’s adored to the max. She has a buffet of roles available to her too. The role she has in American Hustle isn’t even that important, it’s just a cameo. So why not give it to a woman who fits the ages better? The real life age difference between that husband and wife was around 8 years. In real life JLaw and Christian have an almost 17 year age difference. Sorry that’s really not that novel in hollywood, that’s just business as usual. And I feel like people just say “oh it’s okay because she’s super talented, she’ll make it work” to justify what seems to always happen.

      But even I’m starting to wonder how can she possibly be THAT talented. Her body of work isn’t that remarkable. It starts to feel like the Emperor’s new clothes. Like are people only saying this because everyone is saying this and she’s so likeable you want to think she’s this amazing, raw, unrefined talent? I don’t know and I don’t like that level of manipulation.

      And I’m sorry, but this general push for her is never given to a male actor imo. They aren’t made to be super friendly and down to earth or smart or whatever. Michael Fassbender is very talented to and has starred in quite a few films that have proven that. He has yet to be recognized by the academy. Although I’m not a fan of mix-n-match accents, he is a good actor. Benedict Cumberbatch (the alien, lizard, what have you) has the same thing. You KNOW he’s a good actor. He proves that. But even the women scoff here at his PR attempts and the ridiculous articles that push him as a sex god (LOL). They are all older than her too and have had a significant body of work.

      It feels more honest to say they are talented and could be the “greatest actors of their generation” when they have such substantial work behind them. But even then they aren’t given those titles. And I honestly can’t think of male actors that are the new “it boys” or given the titles of most talented actor in America.

      In essence, I feel like the product is the same the packaging is just new with her. I think JLaw will last longer in this Hollywood game then I think Ellen Page will. An actress who was also applauded endlessly for her talent when she was “discovered” in Juno.

      But I do like JLaw. I wanna go to a theme park with her or have her on my ultimate frisbee team. I just see problems with her whole image. And I guess it bothers me a lot more than it does other people because it feels like it’s forced on me. Maybe I’m just bitter and seething with jealously though who knows?

      ….Especially since I wrote a novel about why I’m not completely in love with her.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I think that she really needs to tell her pr team to back off. Or maybe it’s just Weinstein that she needs to avoid pr-wise. Because I don’t think the whole “she’s amazeballs, the ONLY great actress in the world” bs started until she did Silver Linings Playbook. Just from what I’ve seen of her, she just lets them do whatever they want with her. But if she doesn’t want a backlash, then she’ll go underground pr-wise for a while.

        And from what I get of Ellen Page, she doesn’t seem like she’s into fame at all. I think she just told her team or whoever that she isn’t going to play that game, and just wants to work.

      • Myrto says:

        I agree with your whole “novel” Bijlee.
        I’m officially tired of Jennifer Lawrence.
        She’s talented and beautiful yes but she’s everywhere, and at some point that will get tiring not just for people like us who closely follow gossips but for everybody.
        So take that break, girl. And come back in at least 6 months.

  23. Janet says:

    I don’t like her or dislike her. She seems to be a competent actress. But for some reason I can’t fathom, I’ve been getting burnout vibes from her long before I read the above.

  24. Arjuna says:

    LOL!….whenever some random person on a posting board makes a comment about Jennifer Lawrence not being a good actress I just think back to all the great reviews Lawrence has received long before she became hugely famous. Andrew O’Hehir from Salon described her as “ferociously talented” just a few months back so, yeah, she’s a very talented actress especially for one who has never had any formal training. I mean, I’ll always go with my gut feeling about an actor/actress but after that if the majority of critics(who really know what the fuck they are talking about)then that’s the end of the discussion for me.

    • spiderkitty says:

      As someone who has worked in the business for some time, I can ASSURE you that critics are bought by studios when they need it. Sometimes it’s not even necessary though; when a huge movie like The Avengers or THG or Batman is a lock for huge box office success, the same magazines give them outstanding reviews so they can get access to unseen content and get exclusives.

      I get what you are trying to say, but please, take critics with a grain of salt. It is their job, they get paid for it.

      • Arjuna says:

        Yeah, but I’m not talking about those kinds of critics (they do exist, I know) rather, I’m talking about the critics(non corporate critics, indie film bloggers, etc.) who have been praising her work since The Burning Plain, The Poker House (the early films) when Lawrence was an unknown. Those films were made on a very tight budget (for an interesting read, check out Debra Granik’s interview with IndieWire and what she had to go through to get Winter’s Bone made)nobody was hiring any big name critics to hype the films…they couldn’t afford it…not in the budget.

        So, these critics opinions hold a lot of weight for me (and they are still around writing the same reviews …the NO BULLSHIT critics, I trust their opinions and they have been praising Lawrence’s work from the begining.

  25. Tiffany :) says:

    I find it absurd that they are saying it raised alarms that she had a puff and a glass of wine. Really? Pretty normal, IMO.

  26. bettyrose says:

    She’s glamorous in a way that 22year olds just aren’t any more. Where does she go from here though? After she’s done riding this wave, I hope she returns to artsy literary adaptations.

  27. dlsmith says:

    I love her, she seems genuine, funny and not plastic, not anorexic.I saw Winter’s Bone and thought she was incredible. I have not seen silver linings yet though. Lots of people jumped on the love Jlaw bandwagon during awards season and the hype has resulted in backlash. she’s still awesome in my books. At least she has personality.

  28. Sile says:

    I’m really late to this thread but, here’s my 2 cents worth: There really hasn’t been backlash (LOL!)…there are just a few people that frequent Celebitchy that don’t like Jennifer Lawrence and frankly, never have. They certainly don’t speak for the majority here. In fact,all things considered,(youth, fame, success, etc., the stuff that makes some people crazy…) Lawrence has always gotten a lot of love on these boards…just like everywhere else on the internet. Compare that with someone like Portman who started to feel the backlash pretty much the day after winning her Oscar. Or, Hathaway, who started getting backlash before, during and after her Oscar win.

    Yeah, Jennifer Lawrence has, in my opinion, fared extremely well post Oscar win. That’s good, because really, there’s no reason why she shouldn’t. It’s kind of tough to make the same arguments for Hathaway and Portman because there is actual evidence of unpleasantness.