Jennifer Lawrence will be bringing a sewing kit with her to the EE British Academy Film Awards, just in case she has trouble with her frock.
You may have seen that the layered Dior gown Jennifer wore to the Screen Actors Guild awards came adrift as she made her way up to accept the best actress statuette for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, prompting global discussion.
‘It’s the way the dress was structured,’ sighed the 22-year-old star.
‘It’s a tiered dress, which I didn’t understand until I sat down and saw my thighs through sheer material and thought: “What’s going on?!”
‘So, yeah, that was a surprise — but not a malfunction.’
Then, with tongue firmly in cheek, she added: ‘It was supposed to do that, though. I planned it.
‘I was concerned people would start talking about the award that I won, and my acting, so I thought I’d pull a stunt just to get things back to where they need to be.’
Jennifer will be heading our way for the EE British Academy Film Awards (aka the Baftas) on February 10.
She faces formidable competition from 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva’s acclaimed portrayal of a woman preparing for death in Amour.
She’s also up against Helen Mirren’s exquisite portrait of Alma, Alfred Hitchcock’s overlooked wife in Hitchcock; Jessica Chastain’s CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty; and Marion Cotillard, as a killer-whale trainer recovering from the trauma of losing her legs in an underwater accident, in Rust And Bone.
The Oscar list is just as striking. I mentioned how Keira Knightley once objected, quite rightly, to the best actress category being described as a ‘horse race’, and Jennifer agreed.
‘As soon as you become a celebrity, you start feeling like a zoo animal,’ she told me, noting that people start taking photographs and ‘prod at you to get a reaction on video, like you do to monkeys in a cage’.
‘It’s gross,’ she added. ‘People forget about your humanity when you become famous, so I’m not surprised that we’re compared to a horse race.’
I know there will be those who, on reading this, think: ‘Oh, you’re a famous star — deal with it!‘
But I have witnessed, first-hand, how people push, pull and swear at stars — particularly the young ones — just to get any old shot. It’s shameful. You would not want your own daughter treated that way, believe me.
I saw Silver Linings Playbook again when I was in New York, and I was struck, once more, by how Jennifer and Bradley Cooper give each other heat when they share scenes together in David O. Russell’s film.
His character is bipolar while hers, Tiffany, has her own problems, yet somehow they find each other.
It’s been a long time since the stigma of mental illness has been humanised in a mainstream Hollywood picture.
Lawrence never tries to get us to like her character, Tiffany. Instead, she settles for making her real. And, as a result, we end up liking her, despite (or because of) her flaws, without feeling manipulated.
I mentioned last week how Bradley would love to work with Jennifer again, but he joked that she might be sick of him — they’ve also made a movie called Serena together.
So is she really sick of him? ‘I’d do another movie with him in a second,’ she exclaimed.
‘I’m crazy about Bradley, so it’s not really hard to act as though I like him, and love him, in a movie.
‘I don’t know what my performance would have been like if someone else had been cast.’
The actress has been recovering from a nasty flu bug, which was not helped by recent filming on the second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. She was shooting outside, in freezing weather, in only a T-shirt.
‘That probably wasn’t the best for my sickness,’ she said, wryly.
Luckily, the remaining nine days of filming, in her role as Katniss Everdeen, will take place on location in Hawaii.
Then she has a few weeks off, before she has to travel to Canada to film X-Men — Days Of Future Past, a time-travelling sci-fi epic featuring a galaxy of superheroes played by, among others, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Halle Berry.
Source: Daily Mail