Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine.
Actors go to exhaustive lengths to lose themselves in a character, whether by extensive research or thespian Method. Then there’s Jennifer Lawrence, who unabashedly admits her lack of formal drama training — which hasn’t hurt, given her portrayal of strong females. As the unstable widow Tiffany who falls for Bradley Cooper’s bipolar ex-high school teacher Pat in David O. Russell’s romantic dramedy Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence goes toe-to-toe with the Method master himself, Robert De Niro (as Pat’s father) in a hysterical scene where she debunks all his Philadelphia sports superstitions. Since the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Oscar pundits foresee a second best actress nomination following her breakout in 2010’s Winter’s Bone. And there was her turn as teen warrior Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Lawrence also cops to brazenly pursuing roles, whether it’s tracking down her Winter’s Bone director in New York or Skyping Russell from her hometown Louisville, KY. “There’s my desperation for certain scripts,” Lawrence says, “and desperation reads, and passion comes through.”
AWARDSLINE: You have this affinity for tough characters. Did you find any similarity between Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games and Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: It’s funny, I never thought that Tiffany and Katniss have anything in common, other than they have to do what they have to do and really don’t care what anybody thinks. However, the way they go about it is very different. Katniss would rather not talk if she doesn’t have to in every situation, and Tiffany has more words than there is time. (more…)