After a long break from public life, JLaw is back –sort of…
In the new Vanity Fair Karen Valby writes,
By early 2018, Lawrence was one of the highest paid actors in the world—an Oscar winner who stumbled up the steps on the way to collect the trophy, further cementing her public image as the movie star you’d most like to chug a beer with—but she’d had enough. Her last four movies (Passengers, Mother!, Red Sparrow, and the 12th X-Men film, Dark Phoenix) turned out to be critical or box office disappointments.
“I was not pumping out the quality that I should have. I just think everybody had gotten sick of me. I’d gotten sick of me.
It had just gotten to a point where I couldn’t do anything right. If I walked a red carpet, it was, ‘Why didn’t she run?’… I think that I was people-pleasing for the majority of my life. Working made me feel like nobody could be mad at me: ‘Okay, I said yes, we’re doing it. Nobody’s mad.’ And then I felt like I reached a point where people were not pleased just by my existence.
So that kind of shook me out of thinking that work or your career can bring any kind of peace to your soul.”
But some things DO bring Lawrence joy lately:
- Autumn in New York.
- The city opening up again.
- “Being able to take Ubers again without feeling you’re going infect your family and die.”
- The pumpkin bread she made yesterday and took out of the oven in time so that the center stayed gooey.
- Sports and farm animal videos on TikTok.
- Jennifer Coolidge’s performance in White Lotus: “Talk about somebody who knew the fucking assignment.”
- Bravo‘s Real Housewives.
But some things she just CAN’T…
“If I was at a dinner party, and somebody was like, ‘Oh, my God, you’re expecting a baby,’ I wouldn’t be like, ‘I can’t talk about that.’ But every instinct in my body wants to protect their privacy for the rest of their lives.”
Lawrence had been so worried before the VF interview and didn’t want to to talk more about her baby. And her husband. Early into their conversation, Valby told Lawrence she seemed like she had a gun to her head.
“Oh, my God, I’m so sorry. It’s not your fault.”
After a long break from public life, Lawrence returns to the screen in Adam McKay’s end-of-the-world comedy Don’t Look Up, in which she and Leonardo DiCaprio play scientists screaming at a polarized society to take seriously the comet hurtling toward the planet.
MUCH more is revealed. You can read the whole story here in the new Vanity Fair.
Don’t Look Up is in theaters December 10 and on Netflix December 24. (And Meryl Streep is POTUS!)
(Photos, Lachlan Bailey; via Vanity Fair)