Jennifer Lawrence Calls Acting Stupid, Stares at Meryl Streep, Remains Insanely Likeable

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by Kerensa Cadenas
January 4, 2013 10:00 AM
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Another day, another reason to want to be best friends with Jennifer Lawrence. With Oscar nominations looming on January 10th, Lawrence, who is a nomination shoo-in for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, recently deemed acting “stupid” in her upcoming Vanity Fair cover story.

When asked about how she stays grounded despite her fame, Lawrence responded bluntly.

Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid. Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.

Despite her blunt and hilarious response about acting, it clearly doesn’t make Lawrence any less star-struck when it comes to her acting heroines. In the interview, Lawrence also mentions a hilarious anecdote about seeing Meryl Streep.

Once I’m obsessed with somebody, I’m terrified of them instantly. I’m not scared of them—I’m scared of me and how I will react. Like, for instance, one time someone was introducing me to Bill Maher, and I saw Meryl Streep walk into the room, and I literally put my hand right in Bill Maher’s face and said, ‘Not now, Bill!,’ and I just stared at Meryl Streep.

When interviewer, Jim Windolf, asked Lawrence if she then spoke to Streep, she said: “Of course not. I just creepily stared at her.”

It’s so refreshing to hear an actress say what’s on her mind and also acknowledge the universal reaction to seeing Meryl Streep. Lawrence will be hosting Saturday Night Live on January 19th, something that we here at Women and Hollywood are really looking forward to.

Jennifer Lawrence Calls Acting 'Stupid,' Recalls Nearly Using Arrows to Defend Home (The Hollywood Reporter)

Jennifer Lawrence on How Acting “Is Stupid,” and the Time She Almost Shot Suspected Home Invaders with Her Bow and Arrow (Vanity Fair)

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33 Comments

  • Brian | February 19, 2013 11:32 AMReply

    Just for putting her hand in Bill Maher's face and saying, "Not now, Bill," she deserves our undying respect and admiration. Would that more people in Hollywood followed her example.

  • Aria | January 22, 2013 3:03 PMReply

    I don't get this fascination with her. No matter what she says,people will always says she's funny and smart. Other actresses said the same thing about acting,but they got bashed,instead Jennifer is the best girl ever,so true and so funny!!! Well I can't like someone who said that true women are the ones with curves. No matter how good at acting she is! I hope the best for her career,but people should stop putting her on the pedestal,as if she didn't say dumb things everytime she opens her mouth. She says dumb things and people mix these dumb things,with funny things. No way! Plus if other actresses said the same things she says,they wouldn't be praised like Jennifer. Double standard,I guess.

  • Aria | January 22, 2013 3:03 PMReply

    I don't get this fascination with her. No matter what she says,people will always says she's funny and smart. Other actresses said the same thing about acting,but they got bashed,instead Jennifer is the best girl ever,so true and so funny!!! Well I can't like someone who said that true women are the ones with curves. No matter how good at acting she is! I hope the best for her career,but people should stop putting her on the pedestal,as if she didn't say dumb things everytime she opens her mouth. She says dumb things and people mix these dumb things,with funny things. No way! Plus if other actresses said the same things she says,they wouldn't be praised like Jennifer. Double standard,I guess.

  • Liz | January 21, 2013 8:57 PMReply

    Easy to say acting is stupid when it just 'happened' for you and you never had to work for it.
    Firstly, Lawrence was 'discovered', hence she got lucky. Secondly, she has never received any form of professional training, (she hasn't really bothered with it either and isn't afraid to say so).
    People find her so refreshing because she's a normal, funny and good looking girl who also happens to be somewhat talented (i'll give her that)
    If she knew what so many professionally trained and talented actors have to go through every day without the slightest recognition or fancy dresses and galas, she'd watch her mouth.
    Basically, don't call acting stupid when there are thousands out there working day and night to achieve what you got out of mere luck.

  • Jill | August 20, 2013 2:02 AM

    You're one of "those" actors. Look, Liz, acting is an idiots job. You need more skill to be an accurate teller than play Cowboys and Indians in a well lit, well paid, sophisticated way if you're an established actor.

  • hollowsleepy | January 22, 2013 11:37 PM

    I must say that you really nailed it on your comment regarding Jennifer's comment acting being deemed "STUPID". I must say that I'm not an actor but a professional musician. I'd like to share with you and everyone that I am very close friends with a young lady that has been on Broadway not too long ago and will be in the new upcoming movie in a supporting role opposite MARION COTILLIARD in RUST AND BONE. And aside from all the training my friend has recieved I've seen her go through hell and come back. A true craftsmen of the ART OF ACTING and a really hardworker that has worked and continues to work push her craft. Cudos to Jennifer. Though I'm a witness to this actual experience of my actress friend. It does come easy to Jennifer to say that acting is stupid.

  • Dan J | January 21, 2013 11:45 PM

    Read the whole quote, you judgmental idiot. She calls acting stupid relative to the the millions of doctors, cops and firefighters working "day and night" to protect us and save lives. Relative to their careers, she's saying acting is stupid, and we should be idolizing the true heroes.

  • G$ | January 20, 2013 12:37 PMReply

    It is very rare I comment on anything...but the ignorance of Guyver's comments could not be left untouched by judgement. I see ignorant fools like you, posting on articles in Yahoo or Facebook, all the time. Usually they're white, and taking articles about something/someone black or Mexican, and using it as a springboard to go on a semi to "all-out" racist rant with some political agenda. You are no different. I couldn't give a rat's ass about Lawrence, personally. She's a very good young actress, that has now made 3 good movies. No more, no less. That she doesn't find the need to celebrate that as though she's an A-lister just yet, is, for lack of a better word, cool. If you feel the need to find race the issue behind every single thing in life, I feel bad for you. You perpetuate a cycle that, while undeniably still present, has no question been on the downswing. In summary, you're an idiot. Now go complain about more stale topics like lack of black head coaches in the NFL and affirmative action...

  • Ladyluck | March 4, 2013 3:58 AM

    Then why do a job that you think is stupid?? Is it because she didn't think she could be a doctor, e.t.c. I would not waste my time with a career that I thought was stupid in comparison to any other career, becasue at some point you may touch someone's life within your profession. You don't have to be a doctor, firefighter, or teacher to have a rewarding career.

  • G$ | January 20, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    It is very rare I comment on anything...but the ignorance of Guyver's comments could not be left untouched by judgement. I see ignorant fools like you, posting on articles in Yahoo or Facebook, all the time. Usually they're white, and taking articles about something/someone black or Mexican, and using it as a springboard to go on a semi to "all-out" racist rant with some political agenda. You are no different. I couldn't give a rat's ass about Lawrence, personally. She's a very good young actress, that has now made 3 good movies. No more, no less. That she doesn't find the need to celebrate that as though she's an A-lister just yet, is, for lack of a better word, cool. If you feel the need to find race the issue behind every single thing in life, I feel bad for you. You perpetuate a cycle that, while undeniably still present, has no question been on the downswing. In summary, you're an idiot. Now go complain about more stale topics like lack of black head coaches in the NFL and affirmative action...

  • Gh | January 18, 2013 10:48 PMReply

    "Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid". So she actually said something like *it* is stupid, it maybe meaning the attention acting gets, she didn't state 'acting is stupid' at all.

  • Baksh | January 17, 2013 5:40 PMReply

    Funny how Anne Hathaway kinda says and does the same things as Jennifer Lawrence, but comes across as fake, as if she's trying to be the clumsy but cute little girl. I HATE HER!

  • Jules | January 14, 2013 11:37 AMReply

    I just finished reading the vanity fair article with Jennifer Lawrence and it's a great read...I understand what Lawrence meant, and good for her. Awesome actress with her feet on the ground; ie., doesn't take herself too seriously.

  • olen | January 13, 2013 11:14 PMReply

    get this gossip off my IndieWire

  • sesay | January 13, 2013 11:36 AMReply

    I agreed with you guver white actress can say anything without be grille or losing a role because of what say, they are white and she know that she going to get away with it for a black actress wouldn't get away with it she would loss roles because of what she say and Jennifer Lawrence is not even that pretty the Hollywood making her

  • Dan J | January 21, 2013 11:54 PM

    So when Monique a few years back said a few VERY controversial things, did she lose her Oscar? Oh wait, Monique is white, I forgot.

  • Rolls eyes | January 18, 2013 10:49 PM

    Americans, always bring race into things that have nothing to do with it.

  • spassky | January 18, 2013 3:08 PM

    vv WHITE GIRL vv

  • Anna | January 15, 2013 6:24 AM

    I think that both you and Guyver below are super racist. Why bring up the skin of her color in a topic as neutral as that? You both are very bitter and racist.

  • jaquay | January 11, 2013 3:51 AMReply

    Acting is a hard job Eric and the only thing stupid is doing something you do not love-not doing something you love and get paid for very well for..and an actor can be just as powerful as a doctor or a fireman-for as an actor we save lives in different ways..I think it was an ignorant statement..especially when one is blessed to be working on a high level as Jennifer...quiet disappointed myself in the comment.

  • Dan J | January 21, 2013 11:51 PM

    Next time your heart stops or there's a fire in your home... be sure to call an actor to help you out. See how that works out. What kind of sick human being takes the lives of the people sworn to save and protect theirs for granted?

  • jaky | January 18, 2013 2:28 PM

    Very nicely said, I couldn't agree with you more. Inspiring, making people smile, helping people relate to problems, entertainment is all medicine for the mind which is just as important as the body.

  • Johnny | January 14, 2013 3:49 AM

    Acting is a hard job? Pfftt... what? The hours suck, auditioning is hard (and tedious), the pay is complete garbage for all but the top 1%, but in no way shape or form is acting "harder" than any other job I've held down in my life.
    I'm "quiet" disappointed in your comment, Jackie, and think you need to get out more if you think acting is "hard." I love it, I'm ridiculously addicted to it, it can both boost and kill your social life at the same time, but it isn't near as hard as even the most menial 9 to 5 job out there.
    Get over yourself, honey. Lawrence called it like it is, and bless her for it. Maybe there's hope for young Hollywood after all.

  • Duder NME | January 12, 2013 1:08 AM

    How exactly do actors save lives? I'm pretty sure when Kate Winslet saved her hubby's mother from a fire, she didn't use her Justice League powers of acting to do so.

    Lawrence is merely stating that acting is a frivolous activity, indulged by those who wish to become someone other than themselves - as a (unpaid) roleplayer, I can totally understand this. But the most famous among them gets paid more than the average cop, teacher, and firefighter combined, professions which actively save and shape lives at a more consistent basis. Lawrence speaks the figurative truth. Don't take her so literally (as the kiddies tend to do with anything nowadays).

  • guyver | January 10, 2013 6:58 AMReply

    Wow, it must be nice to be a so so actress who hasn't even done a truly spectacular role yet, while being in the industry a few years tops... and be able to call acting stupid. I guess having that white skin helps to get those lead roles... SMDH. It wouldn't be stupid if you had been working your ass of for twenty years or more only to be held back for the color of your skin... must be nice being white and stupid.

  • Dan J | January 21, 2013 11:49 PM

    You know who the youngest best actress nominee of all time is? Hint: she got nominated this year. She's nine. And get this.... She is BLACK! BLACK BLACK BLACK!
    Remember how Monique made some truly controversial and offensive comments before being nominated for an Oscar in her first major movie role? Guess what happened... She won. And SHE was BLACK!
    How many movies did Jennifer Hudson do before she won the Oscar? Guess what... she was BLACK!
    Guyver, you are a straight up bigot.

  • Gh | January 18, 2013 10:52 PM

    Groan Guyver, that was a pathetic rant. So she should declare acting the world's most important profession? Her skin has nothing to do with anything.

  • jaquay | January 11, 2013 3:53 AM

    I concur with you Guyver...a sad statement from an actress I enjoyed in in Winterbone and looked forward to seeing in more work.

  • Eric | January 10, 2013 1:33 PM

    She didn't mean it like that, get that show out of your ass. She meant all the fame & attention around acting is stupid, when it's not nearly as hard of a job or rewarding as most.

  • ok | January 8, 2013 8:59 AMReply

    Yes she is really real and great, nothing fake about her.

  • Zee | January 5, 2013 9:05 AMReply

    Great article Kerensa!...I agree, Jennifer Lawrence = Awesome.

  • yaya | January 5, 2013 1:42 AMReply

    OHMYGOD SHE IS SOOO SEXAY. WHERE HAS SHE BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!?!?!

  • yaya #2 | January 5, 2013 1:42 AM

    OMG I KNOWWW I JUST FOUND HER TOO.

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