“The Cultural Politics of Jennifer Lawrence as Star, Actor, Celebrity”

Performing discomfort with celebrity glamour: Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano in Joy.
by Gregory Frame

Excerpt: “While there is no evidence to suggest this was staged, her stumble up the stairs at the 2013 Academy Awards to accept her trophy played a crucial role in creating this impression: she is not ‘trained’ to be a Hollywood star; there is a real person that exists beneath this rather tenuous façade. Indeed, as she rather bluntly stated when asked what had happened in the post-ceremony press conference, ‘What do you mean? I fell down. Look at my dress!’, pointing exasperatedly at the beautiful, elaborate garment she wore to collect the award. 4 This forthrightness is revealed no more clearly than in her interviews: as she told talk show host Jimmy Fallon in May 2016, she had to be sent swiftly for media training after she joked in an interview that Kim Basinger, her co-star in The Burning Plain (Guillermo Arriaga, 2008) had died. 5 She claims to become utterly dumbfounded when in the presence of actors she perceives to be more famous and important than her, saying when she met Tilda Swinton that she kept prefacing everything she said to her with ‘I love your work’. It is this unvarnished, guileless quality that has functioned to establish her image as one of ordinariness; that, as has been claimed by many, ‘Lawrence is constitutionally unable to not say what she thinks.’” Read full article here