Jennifer Lawrence: ‘To me, the biggest celebrities in the world are, like, Pete Davidson’

Jennifer Lawrence is one of W Magazine’s many cover subjects for their Best Performances issue. J-Law was in Causeway, and she also produced it. She played a veteran struggling with a traumatic brain injury – the reviews were mild and I’m not sure many people believe this is one of her most notable performances. But J-Law will always say “yes” to appearing on a magazine so here we are. Her interview is fine – these W pieces are not in-depth at all, but some of them are interesting.

How she got involved with Causeway: “Causeway came into my life via my producing partner. I read it, and loved it, and we proceeded to make it as quickly as possible in the next two months. But then it ended up being the longest process of three and a half years.

She spent time at a VA hospital: “We did. We met with many service members. I spoke to a lot of ex-service members who suffered from TBIs and physician assistants, physical therapists, and occupational therapists to learn how to move and to make sure we were telling the story as accurately as possible. The whole process came with a lot of gratitude and humbling. So much of acting is almost an exploitation of your own empathy.

What films make her cry: “Father of the Bride always makes me cry. Not when they get married, but when he sees her as a little girl and she’s like, “Mommy, Daddy, I met a man in Rome and we’re getting married.” But I’m so sensitive now that I can barely watch anything with children or animals.

Whether she’s ever been star-struck: “To me, the biggest celebrities in the world are, like, Pete Davidson. Or when Ariana Grande was in my last film, Don’t Look Up, I was photographed with her and I fully look like a radio contest winner. I would be starstruck if I saw Jessica Simpson. That would knock me over.

Secret skills? “I don’t think I have any skills whatsoever. But I can parallel park.

Her zodiac sign: “I’m obviously a Leo. Leos are cocky, but generous. We love attention. We’re not shy.

[From W Magazine]

Yes, she’s a Leo. Peak Leo – the sign of actors and politicians. If there’s a stage, a Leo is on it. If there’s a gregarious interview to be given, a Leo will give it. As for being starstruck… I would be starstruck by someone like Angelina Jolie, probably. But Pete Davidson looks and acts like tons of dudes in every college everywhere. Jessica Simpson is probably one of the most normal and relatable celebrities out there too – I wouldn’t be starstruck, I would just feel at ease with J-Simpson and we would probably talk about food and clothes. Also: I can’t parallel park.

Photos courtesy of W Magazine.

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  1. SussexWatcher says:

    I feel like I will never understand the love of/appeal of Pete Davidson. And the long line of women (seemingly) dying to date him. He’s sort of gross looking and very unfunny to me. Does he have a magic penis? What is it that so many people/woman find attractive about him? And would we say he’s a ‘big’ celebrity?? I am just so confused when it comes to him.

    • Kingston says:

      I’ll hazard a guess that its both his ugliness/ugly exterior and height combined — he’s tall, right?…because the 2 hv to go together for the alien attraction to work.

      Plus, he’s likely very funny and/or quirky.

      Plus, kind and generous — he’ll hv many intangible qualities that make him appealing to women and to compensate for his ugly exterior.

      Think, Dennis Rodman in his heyday.

      PS: also don’t forget he’s battling some known, personal demons and that might also attract some women’s maternal instincts.

    • blue says:

      Agree with Sussexwatcher. Don’t see any appeal or particular talents in P.D.

    • SophieJara says:

      SussexWatcher I think it’s fine if he’s not your cup of tea. But saying he looks “gross” is rude, he has very serious health conditions including Crohn’s disease that he speaks about often. And he jokes about the bullying he gets over what is does to his face often as well.

      He’s popular in the Millenial community because he’s kind and a good friend and is open about therapy and his mental health journey. I think most of the people who don’t like him have probably never listened to a long form interview he’s given. For those of us who deal with serious mental health issues – my sister has BPD like him – he is inspirational as someone who takes his treatment very seriously, seems honest about his limitations and failings, and is able to work and be what is reported as a good, if clingy, boyfriend. Loving someone with BPD is really hard and Pete is inspirational to a lot of us.

      • SomeChick says:

        he’s naturally kind and empathetic. he cares about his GFs and other people. but the #1 appeal is that here is a man who actually works on himself. so many do not bother! they just go around thinking and acting like they’re god’s gift to women. too bad god did not include a gift receipt.

    • Susan says:

      I once went on a date with a “hot guy” who was a locally attractive celebrity of sorts. (Think tv weatherman, anchorman etc). He had on makeup. And no, not rocker emo guyliner, I mean face pancake makeup. When we ordered our meals, he made comments about the “carb content” and “protein ratio” of what I ordered. He also gave me unsolicited life tips that were backhanded compliments at best. After that date, I told my friends I wanted to date a guy that spent less time on his looks than me, “hot guy looks” be damned. I feel like that might be what dating in Hollywood can be, and why Pete appeals.

    • Chantal says:

      @SussexWatcher Well he’s been referred to by some people as Pete with the big meat. But he seems nice, funny and relatable. He’s a successful and popular comedian who has become a household name so I think referring to him as a big celebrity is correct.

  2. Brassy Rebel says:

    “Father of the Bride always makes me cry.” It took me a minute to realize she was talking about the remake. To me, Father of the Bride will always be Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, no matter how many times they remake (ruin) it. It’s funny, especially Tracy’s narration, and it will make you cry.

    Pete Davidson the biggest celebrity in the 🌍? It’s a small 🌍!

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Yes! Tracy and Taylor will always be the stand out to me. I don’t understand why Hollywood has chosen to remake certain movies that should never be in consideration. All those brains and they can’t come up with fresh ideas?? I guess as long as it’s a possible $$$$$ maker they aren’t shy about it.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        The scene where Tracy tries on his old cutaway coat with mothballs falling all over the place while he sucks in his gut to try to button it makes the whole film worthwhile alone. And directed by Vincent Minnelli. It was perfection but apparently not to modern day Hollywood. ¯⁠\⁠_⁠(⁠ツ⁠)⁠_⁠/⁠¯

  3. Smile says:

    I am the worst parallel parker ever.

  4. equality says:

    Agree with AJ being more interesting to meet. To me, the biggest celebs are those who have a passion or cause for giving back or making the world better.

  5. JanetDR says:

    I am a great parallel parker too! Otherwise, I’ve got nothing.

  6. Thinking says:

    I think she’s a good actress and have no problem watching her on film, but I don’t enjoy watching her in interviews or reading her interviews for some reason.

    It’s rare this happens.

    That compelling quality Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock has in an interview, Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t seem to have. They’ve probably made way worse movies, but they make for good interviews. She, not so much. It’s a conundrum to me

    • L4Frimaire says:

      That’s because her personal life is basically unknown to most of us. We remember how huge Julia was when she started and the drama with her engagements/breakups, etc. Don’t know anything about Lawrence, think she’s married with a baby, but she’s very low key, no strong opinions on anything, so there’s that. Even the roles she’s done recently haven’t really done much.

      • Thinking says:

        I don’t think that’s it though.

        Sandra Bullock is pretty low-key, and I can still find her interesting in an interview. There are any other number of actresses I can watch in an interview, and still find them watchable, even if they’re not nearly as famous even.

        I think Jennifer Lawrence is just genuinely uninteresting as herself, especially when she goes on about being drunk or her love of the Kardashians. Even when she told Seth Meyers she had a crush on him, akin to Nicole Kidman revealing her former crush on Jimmy Fallon, the whole reveal from her was still dull.

    • Jess says:

      Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts have charisma. They are two of the biggest (and last) movie stars of Hollywood. People want to see them on screen and their press tour is always something people look forward too.

      Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t have that. She tried to be the quirky girl next door by falling at the Oscars but it didn’t seem authentic. It seemed very staged. She’s also very closely associated with Harvey Weinstein which is a big turn off. She’ll eventually fade into obscurity once she hits 35/40 range.

      • Debbie says:

        Nah, when she hits 35-40 years old, Jennifer Lawrence will be doing interviews where she complains about there being no leading roles for mature white women. Then she’ll say that she was recently offered the role of a mother, and the actress who played her daughter was only 15 years younger than she was, perish the thought. This will be followed by general moaning about how unfair the system is, and that’s why she’s now producing her own movies exclusively.

  7. Emily says:

    I LOVE that the celebs who would make her star-struck aren’t pretentious picks. She’s not going on about obscure artists or Oscar winners — she loves Hollywood’s rebound boy and chicken of the sea reality queen Jessica Simpson.

    I Stan.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Emily, it is a redeeming quality of J-Law to have. I did get a chuckle of JS being one of her chosen “star-stuck” celebs.

      I find JLawrence approachable and humbling. I too am a Leo which is why I think I am drawn to her. I too can parallel park all though I find it concerning that my daughter cannot and refuses to so.

  8. [insert_catchy_name] says:

    Is it just me, or is that a terrible cover?

    • Lily (with the double-L) says:

      It’s odd for sure. I wouldn’t rush to buy it and I really like her. Performance-wise I still have a soft spot for Winter’s Bone.

    • Glamarazzi says:

      I just wish they would have airbrushed out the electrical outlet, it’s totally messing with the line of her dress.

      • SomeChick says:

        they did her dirty with that photo. the electrical outlet is a choice. it draws the eye away from their cover star.

        also, I am a shy leo, so, RAWR!

      • KLaw (the original) says:

        Thank you! The electrical outlet is terrible!

  9. Southern Fried says:

    Best performance? Uh no not for while.

  10. Frippery says:

    I think it’s easier to parallel park when you are younger / closer to the age where you took your driver’s test, because you’ve just had to do it to pass. The ninja skills fade with time if you don’t keep up with practicing.

    • Sealit says:

      This is true. I learned to drive in NH. So I can drive a stick and had to back into a spot for my test. Moved to CA for college, so now I’m a pro at parallel parking. Can’t back into a spot to save my life anymore.

    • Twin Falls says:

      I thought it was just me lol. I could park in any tiny spot in college and now it’s embarrassing.

  11. kelleybelle says:

    Like, totally … *huge eyeroll*

  12. Elsa says:

    I think PD is adorable. He has a vulnerability that draws you in.

  13. Emily_C says:

    She can act. That doesn’t mean she’s at all interesting. Because she really is not.

  14. Thinking says:

    Did she do something to her face? (I’m not saying this in a negative or positive way — she just looks different in some way to me).

    • Jamie says:

      Yes, I think I saw comparison photos recently and its a chin implant and maybe a mid face lift (which is usually what I think of when I see “something with the eyes but.. what?”) which I think also slimmed down her cheek area.

      Could be some of it from pregnancy and bouncing back though

  15. J.Ferber says:

    Bash me, but she looks very plain/unattractive in the black and white photo. Just proves that Hollywood can work wonders if it wants to.

  16. Stef says:

    She’s very talented and also boring and basic AF.

    Seems odd that of all the people she could mention, in Hollywood and beyond, and she picks Pete Davidson? Seriously?!?

    Pete seems like a genuinely nice, tall, funny guy with a scary dark side. Can’t think of any other reason why women would be attracted to a man who looks like he has questionable personal hygiene. He has been unable to make a relationship last with, well, +2 dozen Hollywood/famous women so far (that’s we’ve seen) in the past few years.

    If a woman dated like he does, she’d be called a whore, labelled “crazy”, and scorned in the street.

    Understood he has some serious health problems and I respect his candor about them, and the care he requires. He also treats his body like an etch-a-sketch and I highly doubt he showers often. Just sayin’.

  17. Lola says:

    There’s a name for when you’re ugly but also hot, jolie-laide. It’s usually applied to women. To me the appeal of an ugly-hot guy is the lack of self-consciousness I feel about myself when with them. There have been some very conventionally attractive men that I have declined to get physical with because they were TOO attractive and it would have made me feel disgusting about myself. If a guy is too perfect and I’m not, I would find it stressful to be naked with them. When a guy is sort of ugly, then you can just enjoy it without that factor.

  18. Eowyn says:

    I find this actress irritating, there’s a try-hard vibe with her interviews, the person advising her on “being relatable” is failing.

  19. Lee says:

    I’m over this chick