Jennifer Lawrence covers W Mag: too ‘Black Swan’ or weirdly lovely?

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence covers the October issue of W magazine to promote the November release of Silver Linings Playbook, and the whole motif of the photoshoot is, um, birds. There are bird costumes, and actual birds, and all the while, poor JLaw is covered with feathers. The cover itself is very Black Swan crossed with a Rooney Mara vibe, and the output is not flattering in the slightest. Actually, it’s bloody awful, and I think this is the worst Jennifer Lawrence has ever looked. Even her expression on the cover is all, “WTF is going on here?” Some stylist thought he was going all avant garde but created a massive disaster. In one of the shots, it totally looks like JLaw is worried that a cockatoo will crap on her head. Poor girl.

Jennifer Lawrence

Now about this movie. Word on the street is that the Weinstein Co. wants to go for three in a row at the Oscars after the consecutive Best Picture victories of The King’s Speech and The Artist. In Silver Linings, David O. Russell sits in the director’s seat for “a romantic comedy about emotionally damaged people,” and Jennifer stars as “rather crazy widow” Tiffany. The trailer looks somewhat charming, but I don’t see it being the type of movie to sweep the Academy Awards. Maybe the Weinsteins will pull enough strings and get it nominated for Best Picture — now that 10 films are nominated each year, Harvey will probably get his way in that regard — but I don’t see how a romcom (no matter how offbeat) with Bradley Cooper in the lead can win top prize. It looks like a cute movie though. Here are some excerpts from JLaw’s interview:

Jennifer Lawrence

On dancing in Silver Linings: “I’m such a bad dancer [laughs]. I don’t have many talents: I’m not a good cook, I can’t clean, and I can’t sew. The only thing I can do well is shoot bow and arrow — which I learned to do for The Hunger Games and will probably never come in handy — and act. Imagine me 100 years ago: I would have been pointless.”

On being blue for X-Men: First Class: “The first test where they painted me blue took around eight hours of makeup. I would stand, lean, or sit on a bicycle seat naked while they painted me. I have no modesty left after X-Men — I had blue in places I didn’t even know existed. Afterward, I had to go around naked, with scales over my private parts, surrounded by men. That cures you of all inhibition. The hotel in London wouldn’t give me my security deposit back because I turned their tub blue. I also did that to a lot of toilet seats on set. We called it ‘getting Mystiqued.'”

On her embarrassing mom: “My mom talked about Hunger Games on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, which was something I had told her a million times not to do. She’s like Dina Lohan! — but she has good taste.”

On being Katniss: “I do love archery. I could kill someone with a bow and arrow if they’d hold still! With Hunger Games, I got really nervous about signing on to that huge franchise. I was afraid that Katniss would overwhelm any other character I’d try to do. But I love Katniss, and she didn’t take over as much of my life as I thought she would.”

On fame: “Sadly, I cannot live in Los Angeles anymore. I don’t understand how actors can do it. You have no life here. You are followed everywhere. It’s not like that anywhere else in the world. I don’t want to stay in L.A. and start thinking that’s reality — because it’s very far from normal. But I still love movies. I’m just going to love being in them from Kentucky, or Prague, or somewhere else.”

[From W magazine]

Oh, that’s funny about Jennifer’s mom, but I’m pretty sure that the real Dina Lohan is a million times more embarrassing than JLaw’s mother. Of course, she was just kidding, but I did enjoy the story about the blue body paint, I do recall Rebecca Romijn speaking of a similar type of embarrassment of having to bend over and have “everything” painted blue. How awful.

Speaking of terrible, I can’t get over these photos. Like, did the Weinstein Co. purposely ask W to style JLaw as a bird so that we’d forget all about the Bradley Cooper emu situation? Yes, that must be it.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Photos courtesy of W Magazine

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

59 Responses to “Jennifer Lawrence covers W Mag: too ‘Black Swan’ or weirdly lovely?”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. lflips says:

    I really like her. She seems grounded and genuine.

  2. Amelia says:

    The cover is dreadful, but I do like that bottom black and white one, very old Hollywood-ish.
    I don’t know who dreamt up this concept but they must have had Kristen Stewart strength pot.

    • Liv says:

      I think the idea with the birds is actually cool, but the cover is awful. What a shame. And she’s so beautiful, so where’s her team looking out for her?

    • Shay says:

      I was just going to say, I think the black and white one is beautiful. The cover is just NOT flattering.
      Honestly though, I love her, so who cares if she did one crappy photo shoot?

      • Missy says:

        I think JL is amazing but these pictures are just horrible, they don’t flatter her, at all! She’s talented and pretty but she just looks horrible with those birds…^^

  3. Micah says:

    I love the pictures!

    She looks amazing! I almost didn’t recognize her.

  4. Ashley says:

    Absolute awful photos? What was W going for? It automatically reminds me of Black Swan. Oh well, that’s fashion for you.

  5. GeorgiaPeach says:

    I think the shoot’s theme is playing off the Hunger Games premise maybe? After all Katniss is the Mockingjay. Anyway the girl is beautiful! She really pulls the shots off and looks…just amazing.

  6. Shitler says:

    OMG! She looks like Cher on the cover of that magazine

  7. Ali says:

    She looks ridiculous. However, must admit I could be biased since I don’t think she’s “oh my gosh” awesome.

    Also, up to 10 pictures can be nominated, but as few as 5 with the new rules. It’s why we got nine nominations this year.

  8. GoodCapon says:

    They chose the wrong photo for the cover! The other photos were far more beautiful.

  9. NerdMomma says:

    Those pictures are hilariously awful. I still respect any attempt to be different and interesting that does not involve trying to be sexy or edgy, though, so kudos to them for going outside the box!

  10. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    Hunger Games mockingjay? Still, that’s a stretch.

  11. marie says:

    she’s a pretty girl with a great personality (or that’s the vibe I get from her interviews) but those pictures are awful..

    • brin says:

      Agree. Epic fail.

    • Dutch says:

      I will never understand the fashion industry’s constant desire to take an otherwise genuinely pretty female and dress her like a homeless cat lady.

      Every Hollywood “it” girl has to go through this. With JLaw it’s even more surreal since it’s life imitating art with her.

  12. serena says:

    LOL these photos are so horrible and embarrassing that they make me laugh.

  13. Nessa says:

    Not good. At all. I do love her, though.

  14. Blake says:

    I love this girl, SO MUCH. Please never change!

    And IDK what you’re talking about, I think those last 2 pictures are lovely.

  15. DanaG says:

    I didn’t recognise her at all. The front cover isn’t good at all but I like the one with the white bird and black dress. Too many feathers though.

  16. yellowshaba says:

    Put the girl in a paper bag holding a fish head and she will look still look stunning

  17. normades says:

    She will get a nom for sure, but I think the front runner for best picture is still “the master”. I’m so excited for Oscar season this year!!!!!

  18. Thiajoka says:

    They blue her.

  19. Sasha says:

    Are you sure that’s not Rooney Mara?

  20. lucy2 says:

    With the Master and Spielberg’s Lincoln on deck, I wouldn’t place any bets on a romcom taking the big prize.

    She’s pretty, but those photos are terrible! I like what she said about not living in LA, if it’s bothering her, I think it would be really smart for her to have a home base elsewhere to get out of the spotlight every now and then.

  21. Alexis says:

    Concept….out of nowhere but I get it.

    Execution…um. Not quite there?

  22. Mila says:

    I really like her, but this shoot is horrible. She looks strange and overly photoshopped.

  23. Isabella Notarfrancesco says:

    Loved her around the time of Winter’s Bone but she’s being turned into another over exposed pop star now. I’m officiallly off the bandwagon.

  24. RayneBeau says:

    Oh my god I’m looking at my worst fear. Locked in a room full of birds and looking like a budget black swan! Poor Jennifer.

  25. ladybert62 says:

    Is that a white peacock? How did they ever get the birds to behave for these pictures? I am more interested in the birds than her.

    I have decided after looking at the pictures again that those birds are not real – just plastic props!

  26. Sookie says:

    Awful: I like her as an actor and she seems like a nice girl, but these pics are no bueno

  27. Ari says:

    Horrid photoshoot.

    Awesome girl.

  28. carly says:

    awful, why did they do this to her??

    Interesting how she doesn’t want to live in LA, and she doesn’t even have the level of insanity after her like Kristen has, LA muat be pretty bad.

  29. Jules says:

    I like that W tried something different as well…your mileage may vary but, personally I think Jennifer looks beautiful. The whole shoot has an old time Hollywood vibe about it, very theatrical so, yeah, I love it. At the end of the day though, I’m usually much more interested in the interview and more so, the performances of a favorite actress. Jennifer has always received positive reviews for her work but for Silver Linings Playbook Lawrence is receiving RAVE reviews.

    The film itself has also received high grades so, I’m guessing it will score at least 5 nominations (Best Director, Film, Actor, Supporting Actor, for DeNiro) and definetly, depending which category, either Best Actress, or Supporting for Jennifer Lawrence(it’s what I’ve been reading over at Awards Daily,HitFix and IndieWire among others, anyway). I’m really looking forward to SLP, it was filmed in Philly (where I’m from originally as is my whole family) and everyone has nailed the look and vibe of Philadelphia…(Go Eagles!!, etc.,). Anyway, the photoshoots, well, it’s nice to look at them but really, it matters more to me that Jennifer Lawrence seems very nice and grounded and is also one of the finest actresses in Hollywood.

  30. Reece says:

    All I can think of if how much Flamingos smell! I give her props for that despite the odd photo shoot.

  31. dizzy says:

    It can depend where you live in LA. I mean, I’m no celebrity, but there are other nice places to live in LA that aren’t swarming with paparazzi. Most celebrities choose to live and go to areas that sadly the paparazzi lurke around (Los Feliz, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, etc). But I get that the paparazzi are persistent and have probably followed Jen around when she’s out and about doing normal things. She’s a nice girl and doesn’t go looking for the attention (unlike Kim K).

  32. jules says:

    Did the blue paint story make anyone else think of Tobias “I blue myself” Funke?

  33. Suzie says:

    Wow. How many birds died to make those outfits?

  34. RobN says:

    I actually kind of like the shoot, and I generally hate pretentious crap like this. I think the black and white shot is beautiful.

    • Marta says:

      I love those pictures. As wrote before it reminde me about beatifull Lisa Fonssagrives, her husband and 1950 in Paris

  35. F5 says:

    Awful. She’s just not very pretty so when they make her up like that, she doesn’t even look like herself.
    She’s sure trying hard -_-

  36. Alana Fajina says:

    LOVE these shots! I haven’t watched hunger games and dont plan to but I think she looks amazing here. Very high fashion. She could definitely be a model

  37. Franciss says:

    She’s not a model, clearly, but she is beautiful and extremely talented. I find most of the photos awkward and uncomfortable, except the last one with her hand under her chin, which strikes me as a more candid picture.

    She comes across as terrifically smart and down-to-earth in interviews, I hope she really is like that. She gives hope to young women whose other options are who? Katy Perry? Miley Cyrus? Rock on, Jennifer.

  38. MST says:

    I think that most of those birds are fake. Birds poop every five minutes or so, so there would be a great deal of cleaning up to do if they weren’t.

    I love birds, but I also love cats, and you can’t have predators and prey in the same house, unfortunately.

  39. A Fan says:

    Girl is not photogenic…looks much better on the moving screen.

  40. M. says:

    I love this photoshoot, especially the black and white photos Jennifer looks lovely.

  41. Therealmimi says:

    She’s an amazing girl, love her. She’ll be around for a long time. She can act and she’s versatile. She has depth. A rare thing in young women in Hollywood.