Jennifer Lawrence was ‘thrown into media training’ at 18: ‘Obviously, it didn’t take’


Jennifer Lawrence appeared on the Tonight Show last night to promote X-Men: Apocalypse. And since J-Law is super-real, her whole appearance was full of boogers, jokes about dead celebrities and confessing that she took an Ambien before shooting a scene for The Hunger Games. I think the media-training story is probably the best:

Lest anyone think fame has changed Jennifer Lawrence, the global superstar is just as unfiltered now as she was during her first press conference. As Lawrence recalled to Jimmy Fallon on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, while promoting the 2008 film The Burning Plain, with Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger in starring roles, Lawrence told a room full of journalists that Basinger had died.

“Kim Basinger wasn’t there,” Lawrence said of the press conference, an absence that prompted one journalist to ask where the actress was instead. “I just leaned into the microphone and was like, ‘You didn’t hear? Kim died’…I got ripped off the stage, thrown into media training, which was hilarious because I was like Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, they were like, ‘Don’t sit like that, don’t talk like that’ …Obviously it didn’t take. My publicist told me a week ago, ‘Stop telling people they don’t have to see X-Men.’ I’m always like, ‘I don’t know. If it feels right. No pressure.’”

[From EW]

I know a lot of people think J-Law is faking her “I’m so real, I love pizza and Doritos” act, but I actually don’t think she is. She really is this way. And of course her management (and various studios) wanted her in media training. But somewhere along the way (about four years ago), people began realizing that her Real Act was actually a good thing, and that it helped her become the star she is today.

Here’s the clip from the Tonight Show.

And here’s J-Law with Jimmy and John Oliver playing a game. This is the Ambien story and the booger moment.


Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. meme says:

    JLaw is a breath of fresh air amongst all these people taking themselves so seriously and getting bent out of shape every time someone says something bad about them. She never complains, at least not publicly.

    • edith says:

      this 100+
      I like that shes different. let her live, at least she always has an entertaining story at hand and is no sad boring marionette with a life style blog

    • Coif says:

      her breath has turned into a queef

  2. Milly says:

    Eh, she may not be faking it but her schtick is getting old.

  3. Luxe says:

    I don’t think she’s faking it, but she’s definitely exaggerating it. But it works for her.

  4. LizLemonGotMarried says:

    Love her, hate that silver dress. That material was awful…

    • Kitten says:

      Dress is cheap-looking.
      I can go either way with J Law but she’s been cracking me up lately.
      Eh, cute and funny to me, but annoying to others I guess.

      • teacakes says:

        I think she’s exhausting, but her act isn’t made up – it’s an exaggeration of her real personality that she plays up for the media, not a totally fabricated one.

        And I can see why it goes down a storm – compared to the rather rarefied A-list and the fact that other starlets in her age group are a bit on the precious side (Rooney Mara comes to mind), Jlaw probably seems a breath of fresh air to a lot of people.

  5. Lala says:

    I wouldn’t say it didn’t take with her cookie cutter answers and oopsy daisy cutie personality. Takes a genius to fake spontaneous like that.

  6. haley1020 says:

    she’s so uneducated it’s not even funny

  7. Katt says:

    She’s exhausting.

    I’m curious if anyone other than a slim, blonde, pretty, white woman behaved the way she did would it be considered endearing and charming?

    • Jenna says:

      I mean… probably? It’s not like she’s actually doing anything wrong. She’s acting goofy and making jokes that more often than not land. I don’t see what her ethnicity has anything to do with how people react to her personality?

    • Karla says:

      Adele springs to mind. She says pretty OTT stuff and people love her.

    • Sara says:

      lol on you not thinking white Americans have an ethnicity. Of course they do! American is a nationality as well. ;) I’m an immigrant in a place where people don’t like Americans, so I hear a lot about how stupid they are, how fat, how little culture they have. But in the last 100 years a lot of major cultural, ideological, and scientific contributions have come from the USA. Anyway, everyone has an ethnicity. Race is a just non biological based social construction that only exists because people needed a justification for their reprehensible colonial actions.

      I don’t know, I was trying to think of non white actresses who are goofy but I can only think of comedians. If she weren’t conventionally attractive people obviously would find her more annoying.

  8. Mike says:

    Eh, I’d say it took pretty well. “You’re not pretty so you have to be Ms. Relatable” is still training, even if it’s not the same most Hollywood starlets get.

  9. anna says:

    i love her look these days. the cool blonde, the light/pastel dresses, the red lips. great color-scheme if you can call it that.

  10. vanessa says:

    she looks amazing on the first pic.

    • tealily says:

      Yes! Until she turns and you see the weird boob-window in her dress in the rest of the photos!

  11. Lex says:

    McAvoy is sure gazing up at her in that photo….

  12. Sasha says:

    Aww I find her hilarious! Kim Basinger died – hahaha! I can’t imagine anyone else saying this stuff and I love that she doesn’t take herself seriously. It’s certainly a breath of fresh air from actors talking about their CRAFT all the bloody time.

  13. Ninks says:

    I always find that the people who think JLaw is fake, usually think she’s untalented and overrated too. If her whole persona is so fake that she’s fooled all her costars, multiple reporters, interviews and guest show hosts, and most of the internet for years now, then she’s really f–king talented and deserves all the Oscars.

    • lucy2 says:

      I think you are right.
      And that’s fine if people don’t like her, I like her a lot as an actress, and I don’t mind the goofiness. Kind of a nice change from the over-managed or perpetually bored stars.

  14. Phoebe says:

    I literally couldn’t watch her on Graham Norton, I stopped it and deleted it. She was so LOUD and flailed about so much I thought her boobs would pop out and just SO SO EXTRA. I have no opinion on whether it’s an act or her regular personality but I find her obnoxiously grating.

  15. Erica_V says:

    Is her hair a light shade of pink? Or do I need to fix the color settings on my monitor?

  16. DesertReal says:

    I beg to differ. Look at her & then look at the shitty interview K-Stew is. Whether or not its genuine, Jennifer at least has the professionalism to appear humble, engaging, & accessible. Endearing even. Traditional or not- Elizabeth Olsen, Chloe Moretz, & many many others need to take note of how to turn it on when it’s expected of you.

  17. Americano says:

    She is just like a close friend of mine. They have the exact same personality. It’s not a fake put on but in a way it is. My friend acts this way naturally and she can’t turn it off around most people. But when it’s just the two of us, she’s not like this at all. It’s just her insecurities. She thinks she needs to be funny and goofy all the time. She tries but can’t turn it off. I think that’s why Jennifer Lawrence must act this way too, maybe a bit of bravado to cover up insecurities?

  18. Karla says:

    I love JLAW and find her much more relatable and endearing than many other female celebrities.

    She really doesn’t take herself too seriously, she says what she wants, she doesn’t try to present herself as this demure, ‘perfect’ lady.

    She just IS a young woman.

    I love that JLAW proves you don’t have to follow the PR mould to be successful.

    She reminds me slightly of Britney Speaes back when Britney was new and used to act goofy before she got too ‘perfect.’