Actress Jennifer Lawrence stuns on the new cover of Glamour Magazine‘s February 2016 issue, where she talks about adjusting to life in the spotlight after starring in the widely successful Hunger Games series, along with her newest film Joy.
When asked about her newfound fame, Jennifer says: “It’s really lovely. Very nice…. It took a few years to adjust. I didn’t really realize how angry and distorted I felt.”
“For, like, probably a solid three years. It had nothing to do with Hunger Games…. It had to do with the thing that came with Hunger Games. I still felt entitled to a certain life that I just wasn’t allowed to have [anymore],” she continues. “I felt like I had the right to say, “I don’t want to be photographed right now, I don’t want people outside my house right now, I don’t want my nephews in People.” I felt so much anger of “Why can’t I just do my job?” And then you just get used to it—and it just is.”
She adds, “I think that we should be allowed time off. Like…Three months. “Oh, it’s my three months off. You can’t photograph me.” I would love to be able to control being photographed. Then I wouldn’t have a new headline out today that I wore the same jeans three days in a row. [Laughs.] I was like, “First of all, yes, I did. Second of all, f–k you, yes, I did.” [Laughs.] But I hate the “movie star blues.” We are so lucky, and I love my life. I wouldn’t take any of it back for anything. So I don’t like complaining about it. ”
Over the past year, Jennifer has been busy working on her latest projects, including the last instalment of the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay: Part 2, her new movie Joy, while also filming her upcoming projects X-Men: Apocalypse and Passenger.
“I’m addicted to work. And acting,” Jennifer says. “I don’t know how to describe it—reading a script is like a map. [But] it’s on set, finding that character, feeling the emotions, getting that adrenaline—it is such a rush. Developing a character is the only thing in the world I feel 100 percent confident in, that I understand. I still have that feeling from being a teenager: “I’m good at this, and I like this.” So I want to keep doing it, because it makes me feel good about myself.”
During her interview, Jennifer also opened up about what made her excited about working on Joy, where she stars as the woman who invented the Miracle Mop.
She says: “It’s all four seasons of success—before, when you don’t believe in yourself; when you do believe in yourself, and nobody else does; and then all of the awful things that come afterward. And I liked the beginning, when she wants more than what life has bestowed onto her. She has this frustration that’s not very likable, to lie next to your children and say, “I feel like I’m in a prison.” But it’s true. Everybody has this idea: You have children, and your entire life is complete. That’s how I imagine it. I imagine I’ll have children and then my whole life will just seem complete.”
Jennifer continues, “But you can have children and love them with all your heart and soul, and love your family, and it’s still OK to have a fire in you. That doesn’t have anything to do with your family. That has to do with you. She has a gift…and she can’t shut it up.”
The actress also reveals that her road to success was nothing like Joy’s: “It was the opposite. I grew up in Kentucky, so nobody was like, “You’re gonna be a movie star.” [Laughs.] There just wasn’t a possibility. And then, when I told my parents when I was 14 that I wanted to move to New York and become an actress, they were like, “Well, no. Obviously.” And I just wouldn’t shut up about it. I had already saved up babysitting money. So I was like, “I’m going.” ”
After saving her money, Jennifer says she and her brother were allowed to move out to New York to pursue acting, but her mother told her if she didn’t succeed, she’d have to go back home.
She says, “My mom always says she…wanted me to fail so that I could come home, because not failing meant me being in New York. She lost a daughter, really, at 14. I mean, she’s very proud of me. She got on board when she saw how happy it made me. Because I knew. Emma Stone and I — we stayed up until, like, six in the morning talking about it the other night. We both were just like, “I just knew.””
You can catch Jennifer in Joy, in theatres now! You can also pick up the new issue of Glamour now, and check out more from her interview here.