Jennifer Lawrence is an Oscar award-winning actress with millions in the bank, and producers in Hollywood are willing to write huge checks for her to star in their next movie. She's also the kind of girl who will do tequila shots with you and eat pizza for breakfast. That's the reason why the world loves her - she's a real breath of fresh air.
The other reason so many people fall in love with her is that she's instantly likable. Bradley Cooper has worked with JLaw four times - Silver Linings, American Hustle, Serena, and Joy - and he can't help but gush about everything from their "instant chemistry" to her talent. He said during the Berlin Film Festival, "I had the opportunity to work with Jennifer on Silver Linings Playbook, and we were sort of amazed at this creature's ability to be a young girl and this very wise, older person at the same time, and (have) an effortless way of being on set and in the scene, and how talent just drips off of her." We wish these two would just get together already, but it's not going to happen.
It's no surprise Cooper gushes about Jen as these pictures show that alongside oozing talent she's also one of the most gorgeous women on the planet. Jen is so beautiful it's strangely satisfying just taking time out to look at her.
21 How Is She Actually Single?
Following a high profile relationship with her X: Men co-star Nicholas Hoult, JLaw then started dating the Mother! director Darren Aronofsky but the relationship lasted just a year. Now she's actually single which is ridiculous considering everything she has going for her.
It turns out that she's single because no guy is brave enough to ask her out. She told Elle magazine, "No one ever asks me out. I am lonely every Saturday night. Guys are so mean to me. I know where it's coming from, I know they're trying to establish dominance, but it hurts my feelings. I'm just a girl who wants you to be nice to me. I am straight as an arrow. I feel like I need to meet a guy, with all due respect, who has been living in Baghdad for five years who have no idea who I am."
20 She Has Abs To Die For
When it came to shooting The Hunger Games, JLaw had to get in serious shape for her leading role. She credits London-based trainer Dalton Wong for making sure she kept at the top of her game and he's trained other stars such as Kit Harrington, Amanda Seyfried, and Zoë Kravitz. Her routine was a mix of running, weight lifting, yoga, resistance, and squats.
Dalton told the Daily Mail, "I feel I am the trainer that started her education in nutrition and taught her what foods would make her feel good. I had to make sure she looked fit and healthy for her job as the lead female, but also to have a good workout. When we are in the gym we did an hour a day, but on set, we might just have ten minutes." Just looking at her abs alone as she walked the red carpet in stomach baring dresses proves that the results speak for themselves.
19 She Can Rock Yoga Pants Like Nobody Else
When JLaw was captured playing basketball with her then-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult, she can rock a pair of yoga pants like nobody else. She looked like she was running circles around her boyfriend on the court but she has been watching and learning from the best - her hometown team the Louisville Cardinals.
She was spotted being a courtside cheerleader when visiting her family near Louisville, Kentucky - even wearing a University of Louisville t-shirt. The American Hustle actress said of her favorite team, "I grew up in the Derby City, home to a proud and storied university, filled with rich athletic tradition and packed with fans who are as loyal and passionate as any in college sports." Is there anything sweeter than knowing she's a true hometown girl at heart?
18 She Looks Like A True Hollywood Siren
Jen doesn't just look like the ultimate star - she also has a staggeringly successful record at the box office that puts her as a 'sure thing' in Hollywood. To date, her 19 movies have reached nearly $5.5 billion at the box office worldwide (not to mention her Academy Award for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook, which made her the second-youngest person ever to win the award) and that means she can command big bucks when she puts her name to a film.
When it came to shooting one of her latest sci-fi flicks Passengers, she took home a salary of $20 million whereas her co-star Chris Pratt banked $12 million. Last year, Forbes revealed that she was the third highest paid actress in the world, just behind Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.
17 Looking Like A Naturally Tanned Goddess
JLaw was born in Indian Hills, Kentucky, growing up with her two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and her mother wanted her daughter to be "tough" like them. Jen didn't have the best childhood; she was a misfit at school and suffered from hyperactivity and social anxiety. She revealed the only time she felt like herself was when she performed on stage - it was a release.
Her family has always been her biggest cheerleaders and they help her stay grounded by always reminding Jen of her southern roots. Her mom told WDRB, "She's talented and good at what she does but she's still just Jen - who happens to be good at acting." Her brother Blaine added, "We're going to try our hardest to keep her grounded and let her know she's not as cool as everyone says she is." At home, she's just plain Jen and that's what keeps her so cool.
16 When She Worked The "Barely There" Look
According to Jen, she wants a guy who's not going to be as hot as her - she's clearly a 10 so would be happy to aim for someone around the 6/7 mark. This is based on a past experience, as she told Elle magazine, "(I once dated a 'hot' guy) but I didn't like how he made me feel. When someone makes you insecure, it's strangely exhilarating because you keep trying to fight for that validation. It's what you want to have before you get married so that you don't seek it out once you are."
She's not wrong either as it's been proven by researchers at Florida State University who evaluated the relationships of newlywed 20-something couples that a combination of a hot wife and an ugly husband make for a great marriage. Who would have thought a downgrade was the true key to happiness?
15 On Set & Ready For Action
Sure, she loves being on set but Jen also knows that she needs her downtime too and it was the work/personal balance that spelled the end for her and Mother! director Darren Aronofsky. When the pair were dating and trying to manage a grueling promotional tour for the controversial movie, she revealed, "We'd be on the tour together. I'd come back to the hotel, and the last thing I want to talk about or think about is a movie."
She explained to Variety magazine, "He comes back from the tour, and that's all he wants to talk about. I get it; it's his baby. He wrote it; he conceived it; he directed it. I was doing double duty trying to be a supportive partner while also being like, 'Can I please, for the love of God, not think about Mother! for one second?'"
14 Hitting The Beach Gives Her Time To Unwind
Whilst taking a break from a very hectic filming schedule, the Winter's Bone actress went to the beach to soak up some rays and relax with friends. She flaunted her bikini body, chugged back the beer and floated around on a boat in the Bahamas. It's nice to see her chilled as she has joked in the past that her busy schedule meant she had started "aging like the President (Obama)."
She told the Indian Express, "I try to keep working so people can see other characters and other things I can do instead of taking vacation time, and now I’m aging like a president. I hate waking up without a goal or going to sleep without achieving nothing." The last thing we would like to see is a classic Hollywood burnout - so these regular breaks are a nice thing to witness.
13 Even Casual She's Still Classy
When it comes to picking out a dress, Jen prefers to rock something that is loose at the front especially during awards season because it always "syncs with her cycle." Talking about the dress she chose to wear to last year's Golden Globes, she revealed to Harper's Bazaar, "Plan A was a dress that I couldn't wear because awards season is synced with my cycle, and it has been for years. It was loose at the front. And I didn't have to worry about sucking anything in."
Knowing that one of the most beautiful women in the world also suffers from bloating during that time of the month makes us breathe a sigh of relief. After all, what else should we expect from the Hollywood star who is known for downing bourbon shots on the red carpet?
12 No Wonder She's One Of The Most Wanted Actresses In The World
Jen broke the world's heart when she revealed on The Today Show that she planned to take a break from Hollywood for two years. She said, "I'm taking (a break). I don't have anything set for two years." For the past eight years, she has been making movies and now she's ready to - well, do anything other than making movies. According to her IMDB page, after this year she has nothing lined up and will instead spend her time "making pots."
She spoke about the pressure of fame and how she feels about the lack of privacy, explaining, "I was angry and resentful because I thought that I deserved the right to do what I love and do my job and still have privacy. And then after a few years, you’re like but that’s not the way it is."
11 One Of The Few Women Who Can Rock Metallic And Still Look Fabulous
JLaw is clearly a style icon who can rock any look as she landed not just one - but four Vogue covers for the September issue. Her separate looks for the 125th anniversary of the coveted issue were: city slicker, country girl, a subject in an oil painting and a glamorous model in a gold-sequinned Versace gown. The American Hustle actress said about the shoot, "To be in a situation of producing a cover for this famous magazine, I’m a little scared. I do worry about decorum."
Even though she constantly changes up her style, she truly is a Dior girl at heart and works for the French fashion house as an ambassador. She gushed, "I’m embodying the Dior woman, which is an honor. Dior is feminine and beautiful."
10 She Can Own Long Or Short Hair Anytime
Short hair/long hair - we don't care, Jen always manages to look gorgeous no matter what style she is rocking. Her pixie cut look appeared as if a team of stylists made the dramatic decision for her or it was for a film role, but the truth is Jen did it herself! She revealed to Teen Vogue, "It grew to that awkward gross length and I kept putting it into a bun, so I just cut it off. It couldn't have gotten any uglier!" Her decision to chop her hair meant for the rest of shooting The Hunger Games she had to wear a wig.
Talking about the pressures women are under in showbusiness, she added, "The media's expectations of women always having to look perfect is something that really bothers me. That's just stupid." This is why we want her as a best friend.
9 She's Known As The Disco Diva On Nights Out
The internet went wild when a video of Jen getting wild on a night out leaked online. She could be seen first of all enjoying a dance with close friends at Beverly Hills Club in Austria before really letting loose on a pole. There was clearly one too many cocktails in her system as her friends tried to persuade her to return to their table in a quieter corner of the club.
Later, a semi-embarrassed Jen decided to clear things up on her Facebook page, as she wrote, "Look, nobody wants to be reminded that they tried to dance on a pole by the internet. It was one of my best friend's birthdays and I dropped my paranoia guard for one second to have fun. I'm not going to apologize, I had a BLAST that night." There certainly was no denying she had a blast that night for sure.
8 She Has That "Come To Bed" Look Nailed Down
A handful of lucky actors have been able to share an intense kissing scene with JLaw including Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson in Hunger Games, Christian Bale in American Hustle and Chris Pratt in Passengers. Now that she's moving her way up the A-List, she joked, "When I had to kiss Josh and Liam in The Hunger Games, I was like, ‘Who cares?’ and I’d eat mustard and tuna. And then I did American Hustle with Christian Bale and I was like, ‘Oh damn,’ and I was really clean and ate lots and lots of mints."
She also revealed, "With (the more romantic scenes), you don't know what to do. For one, you're like, 'Is it enough?' Your worst nightmare is it's too much! Are they gonna be like, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa!'" We'd love to hear what Chris Pratt's feedback is.
7 Queen Of The Jungle
Jen's flawless Vanity Fair photoshoot had everyone's tongue wagging and she looks out of this world - but maybe there was a little help from the after-effects department. Jen is the first to admit that some of her photos are not edited and that she doesn't care if anyone knows it. Speaking with Access Hollywood, she looked at images from her Dior campaign and said, "That doesn't look like me at all. I love Photoshop more than anything in the world." Adding, "People don't look like that."
If you want to catch a photo of her looking natural it's going to be quite tricky as she refuses selfies with fans. She revealed that if someone tries to approach her in the street, she hits them with an ice-cold stare and says, "No!" Something to keep in mind in case you're ever lucky enough to meet her.
6 She's Always The Last To Sleep At A Party
When Jennifer stepped in as host on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she did not disappoint and managed to give the world a hilarious interview alongside Kim Kardashian. Jen recalled the time when she was invited to a dinner party at Kris Jenner's house but she had one too many Martinis. The Oscar-winning actress laughed, "I remember getting (undressed) in your mom’s closet and ordering you to dress me. You dressed me fabulously."
There's no denying Jen loves a drink and she previously told Glamour magazine, "My signature scent probably is already red wine. I'm sure it's always seeping from my pores. I smell like a cabernet." At 27-years-old, those killer hangovers might not have hit just yet so she should enjoy this time while it lasts - not that she needs any further encouragement.
5 When She Was The Ultimate Red Siren
Gone are the childhood traumas of Jen's childhood when she suffered from social awkwardness including shyness and now she's a confident, changed woman. In 2011, when it came to rocking the red carpet, she slipped into this scarlet Calvin Klein Collection number during her first ever Oscars' ceremony - everyone really started to pay attention then. Jen was at the peak of her fame game with millions of Hunger Games fans worldwide desperate to get close to her.
She told The Today Show, "It’s important to just keep a separation and know that the people who are screaming outside a premier, they’re screaming because of a job and a character…I don’t put any stock in it." Staying that humble when there are so many people screaming your name proves she hasn't allowed any of it to go to her head.
4 When She Showed Off Those Killer Curves
Jen credits daily pilates as her go-to for keeping her hour-glass figure in check and judging by this photo we're sure other women will be racing to book a class. When it comes to her body type, she doesn't feel like she fits in any category (when can we ever add her to just one box) and instead wants to change the game and create a new body type.
She told Harper's Bazaar, "I would like us to make a new normal body type. Everybody says, "We love that there is somebody with a normal body!" And I'm like, 'I don't feel like I have a normal body.' I think we've gotten so used to underweight that when you are a normal weight it's like, 'Oh, my God, she's curvy.' Which is crazy."
3 When She Gives The Crowd Them Eyes
She's considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, but when it comes to admiring herself in that way, she's really not that comfortable with her pin-up status. Speaking with The Sun, she said, "I don’t think of myself (that way) and obviously it's not true. I’m going to try to push that out of my mind because it makes me queasy."
One of her biggest triumphs was returning to the screen in risqué roles following the soul-destroying photo hack in 2014 where her private pictures were leaked online. She told Oprah Winfrey, "I've been afraid of (risqué roles) since 2014, when I got my pictures hacked. I just thought, 'I'll never do that again. I'll never share that part of myself ever since it got shared against my will.' And then when I said yes to Red Sparrow, I felt I was taking something back."
2 That Winning Smile Though...
JLaw has that winning smile that can light up any room but if you ever see her looking glum then it's likely the photographers giving her a tough time. Her father, Gary, revealed to WDRB, "I always thought (the paparazzi) they just took pictures, but they yell horrible things at her to try to get a reaction from her. I hate to see my little girl go through that. That's the thing that's bad."
He added, "When she was in London, they yelled, 'You don't have any talent, go back to the U.S.!' One of the camera guys hit her in the face and left her with a bruise. Her security guy took care of him, though, and that was good." Shots of celebs walking around can earn a photographer anywhere between $1000-$20,000 but if they catch them looking angry or lashing out then the fee goes up to $85,000+."
1 Makeup Free And Still Gorgeous
Makeup free Jen is just as stunning as her red carpet-ready persona. When she's bare-faced, there's a real vulnerability to her and maybe she's now all about clowning around and tequila shots. One thing is for sure - the world will be a much quieter place.
One day she hopes to settle down and live the simple life with a family of her own. She told Elle magazine, "I can't wait to be married. I feel like if I find that one person who I want to spend the rest of my life with, who I want to be the father of my children, that I would absolutely not f*** it up…but I'm also not banking on that." With no future films on the cards for next year, she could be closer to the early retirement she seeks than we actually know.
Sources: elle.com, dailymail.co.uk, eonline.com