Jennifer Lawrence

The start of American Hustle and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, who is featured in W’s 2014 Best Performances portfolio, opens up to W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg in her latest Screen Test.

Released on 1/7/2014

Credits

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence
Editor: Lynn Hirschberg

Transcript

00:04
My first audition that I went on was
00:06
for a video for vet,
00:11
like people going through veterinarian?
00:14
Veterinarian school.
00:16
(interviewer laughs)
00:18
My horse had just died.
00:19
My horse in the audition died.
00:20
My real horse didn't die.
00:22
But yeah, it went super well,
00:24
they never called me,
00:26
and I haven't forgotten.
00:27
My audition outfit, oh god.
00:29
It was these green knit boots
00:33
and a multi-colored scarf,
00:36
and like a denim mini-skirt.
00:39
Did I change the top out?
00:41
I don't remember the shirt.
00:43
I just remember the green knit boots
00:45
and like a Kentucky mini-skirt, denim skirt.
00:50
Would I dress like a hooker?
00:51
Sometimes.
00:52
I had a very limited closet.
00:55
Every once in a while,
00:56
but the green boots were probably always involved.
00:59
Poker face.
01:00
No, I'm laughing because it's called Poker House.
01:02
[Interviewer] Poker House, excuse me.
01:04
It made me feel like Lady Gaga,
01:05
which is not a bad feeling at all.
01:07
I was 15 when I got that,
01:08
I was 16 when we filmed it.
01:10
That was my first real movie, my first lead.
01:15
My agent would send scripts
01:16
and then, you know, sometimes my parents would read them
01:18
but they weren't really paying attention.
01:19
But I knew if they read this one,
01:20
that they wouldn't let me do it.
01:21
I really loved it.
01:22
There was a rape scene in it
01:24
that I didn't think they'd be too crazy about
01:26
but it was too late.
01:27
She didn't want to see it,
01:28
but I guess something legally,
01:29
you have to watch your daughter get imaginarily raped.
01:33
I mean, I think it's kind of traumatizing
01:34
for like the first take,
01:35
and then after take five, six, seven
01:38
you're like, Okay, god.
01:40
What movie makes me cry?
01:41
Terms of Endearment. Obviously.
01:44
The moment when she dies, and Shirley ...
01:46
Oh, and she said, I thought I'd be relieved,
01:48
I'm so stupid.
01:49
Oh, god.
01:49
Every time I watch that movie,
01:50
I think it's going to be different.
01:51
It's like every time I watch Cool Runnings,
01:52
I'm like, They're making it to the Olympics this time,
01:54
they're going to win the gold.
01:56
I know they're never going to.
01:58
I was worried that like, even if he did say my name,
02:00
I might not understand.
02:01
I was like, Listen very carefully.
02:04
Then, I don't know, it's kind of like a really shocking,
02:08
overwhelming moment.
02:09
I honest to god don't really remember it.
02:11
I remember feeling myself start to step on my dress
02:14
and knowing I was going down
02:16
and just repeating the F word in my head,
02:19
really fast as I went down.
02:22
Kick, walk. Kick, walk.
02:23
Yeah, I was sitting there,
02:24
and something was running through my head
02:29
like, cake walk, cake walk, cake walk.
02:30
I was like, Why is cake walk stuck in my head. Cake walk.
02:34
Then as I started to walk up the stairs
02:36
and I started to get the fabric tucked under my feet,
02:39
I was like, Kick, walk! Kick, walk!
02:42
You were supposed to kick the dress out
02:44
while you walked,
02:45
and I totally forgot because I was just thinking
02:46
about cake.
02:47
My first R-rated movie.
02:49
The first thing I snuck into, oh god.
02:54
Probably something scary, I don't know why I always
02:56
did it to myself.
02:57
I still do it to myself.
02:59
Now, I'm like, I'm an adult.
03:00
I don't need to do this.
03:02
If I watch this show, or I watch this movie,
03:04
every time I go to pee in the middle of the night,
03:06
I'm going to sprint back to my bed
03:07
because I'm going to feel like something is chasing me
03:10
and I'm going to be scared every day.
03:11
I do it all the time. Why?
03:13
I'm not afraid of zombies.
03:14
Well, until the whole bath salts thing happened
03:16
and I remember texting somebody,
03:17
Zombies are real. Call me now.
03:19
(laughs)
03:20
No, I'm terrified of ghosts.
03:22
I'm more afraid of ghosts
03:24
than like an actual killer.
03:25
Again, makes so much sense.
03:28
But yeah, no, terrified of ghosts.