Jennifer Lawrence Says She “Lost a Sense of Control” Early On in Her Career


Jennifer Lawrence revealed that she felt out of control early on in her career following the huge success of the first Hunger Games film.

The actor was interviewed during a “Screen Talk” at the London Film Festival on Saturday, where she opened up about finally feeling like she’s taken back the reins over her own life after winning an Oscar at such a young age. “I think I lost a sense of control,” she told presenter Francine Stock, per Variety. “Between The Hunger Games coming out and winning the Oscar, I became such a commodity that I felt like every decision was a big, big group decision. When I reflect now, I can’t think of those following years, [because there was] just a loss of control.” 

Lawrence made her film debut in the record-breaking franchise based on the young adult novels before starring in David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook opposite Bradley Cooper the same year. That role would win her first Oscar in 2013. And even now, a decade on, she confessed she still can’t quite believe it ever happened. “I keep thinking, ‘when will it hit me?’ I don’t think it ever will,” she said.

The Academy Award-winning actor went on to say that she now feels like she’s finally been able to reestablish herself and her career on her own terms. “It feels personal for me for the first time in a long time,” she said. The actor first began working on her latest film, Causeway, in 2019 before it was suddenly put on hold due to the pandemic. During that downtime from work, the actor got married to Cooke Maroney and gave birth to her first child. She told Stock that this film almost feels like seeing her own “diary pages” played out on screen. 

In a cover interview with Vogue from October, she also told the magazine this was a “very personal” project for her and “the hardest shoot of my life.” Lawrence explained, “I get emotional every time I watch the movie. Not just because of what I said about getting married and stuff. It’s too personal to talk about.” She added, “I have had a pretty consistent theme in all my movies since I was 18. I’m curious if, now that I’m older and I have a baby, I’ll finally break out of that.”



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