Young Star of the Year: Jennifer Lawrence

Rolling Stone Magazine called Jennifer Lawrence “The most talented young actress in America”.  Time magazine also named her in their list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2013. An American actress in her early twenties and best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games series, Jennifer Lawrence has already had an impressive career, and it has only just begun.

Jennifer LawrenceBorn and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Jennifer Lawrence started from humble beginnings.  She finished high school in Kentucky two years early with a 3.9 GPA.  During her high school career she decided that she wanted to pursue acting and she persuaded her parents to take her to New York City to find a talent agent.

She received a spot as a cast member in 2007 on The Bill Engvall Show where she played the role of Lauren Pearson, the oldest daughter in the series.  After the show was canceled in 2009, she guest starred on other TV shows and she also held roles in the movies: Garden Party, The Poker House and The Burning Plain.

Her breakthrough role as an actress came in 2010 as she starred in a movie titled Winter’s Bone.  For this movie she received multiple awards nominations for best actress.  At the time she starred in this movie she was only 20 years old.

In 2011, she played the role of Mystique in X-Men: First Class.  And her most popular role that has earned her the most recognition was in 2012 when she played Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.  The opening weekend of The Hunger Games brought a profit of $152.5 million, which deemed Jennifer Lawrence as the highest grossing action heroine.  The Hunger Games continue with Jennifer Lawrence in the second movie, in theaters right now: Catching Fire.

After receiving some multiple MTV Movie Awards, People’s Choice, and Teen’s Choice Awards as Mystique and Katniss, she went on to play a role in the movie Silver Linings Playbook .  She received stellar reviews for this performance and won many critic’s and film festival awards before earning both an Academy Award and Golden Globe award for Best Actress.

There is much to look forward to for Jennifer Lawrence including the final installments of The Hunger Games (two more movies), another appearance in the X-Men series, and several  movies such as American Hustle. With such talent, we are sure to see her in several roles on the big screen in the future.

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