Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (and her Mom) were on Jimmy Kimmel tonight. Lawrence, still under the weather with walking pneumonia, introduced herself as still “a little sick, and a little drunk. Your producer made me do a shot of… two shots of tequila. And a beer, but the beer was my decision.” She had her lungs x-rayed earlier in the day, and came away with the concern that her breasts are uneven.
Her mom, from the audience, said the tequila shots were “probably not ok.” Then Lawrence explained that it was her Mom that had outed her Hunger Games role on a red carpet long before the information was allowed to be released. (“You saw her break the news about the Hunger Games a couple years ago…’My favorite book is The Hunger Games, wink.’”) Her dad wasn’t present in the audience, but Lawrence said, “My Dad and I turn into compulsive rednecks [on camera], and my mother just turns into Weeping Willow.”
Asked if she has an Oscar speech prepared (for her role in Silver Linings Playbook) Lawrence says it’s her one superstition: no prepared acceptance speech (even if it means she ends up explaining her extemporaneous remarks later).
“It’s my only superstition,” she says, “not preparing anything to say. It feels cocky. That seems presumptuous, and I’m not gonna do it, and then in the car, everyone’s asking me ‘do you have anything prepared?’ I’m like ‘Stop!’ because it just stresses me out. I don’t react that way, because I’m not normally on two shots of tequila.”
Kimmel then explains how he feels sorry for the nominees who lose and have their list of people to thank, “and then come home, and take off their tuxedo, or dress, and then they have to take it out, and throw it away. It’s a terrible memento to have.”
Lawrence says, “I don’t want to be that person. It’s a terrible feeling. That’s why you just go into everything thinking ‘I’m a loser.’” Then anything else is a nice surprise.
After leaving Kimmel, Lawrence darted over to CNN to shoot a segment for Piers Morgan, who filled time with Silver Linings Playbook writer/director David O. Russell, while waiting for the actress (whom Morgan jokingly called a diva) to arrive.
Russell, who wrote the movie from the perspective of having a bipolar son, told Morgan that it was a silver lining that he couldn’t get the movie made five years ago when he initially wanted, because Lawrence would still have been in high school.
He told Morgan, “she was the first skype audition I ever did, from her parents’ home in Kentucky. She dressed up like the character; she knocked it out of the park. She’s very authentic, and unpretentious, and unprecious about herself. She has a confidence that is very much like the character in the film, but she can still be very vulnerable. One moment she seems like she’s 40, and the next she can seem like she’s 18. She showed up for the film, she looked a little starved [from X Men and Hunger Games]. And I said ‘gosh, why don’t you eat? I want you to look like a real woman in this. I don’t want you to be starving yourself. And she said, ‘Oh my God, no director’s ever said that to me before. And she went out and got a deep fried Philly cheese steak. And that opened up her spirit to the whole picture I think in a way. She felt very comfortable and she jumped into the role and gave it a lot of herself.”
Morgan read to her a quote from Peter Travers in the November 14, 2012 Rolling Stone:
“The review said you were some kind of miracle. ‘She’s rude, dirty, funny, foul-mouthed, sloppy, sexy, vibrant and vulnerable, sometimes all in the same scene, even in the same breath. No list of Best Actress Oscar contenders would be complete without the electrifying Lawrence in the lead. She lights up the screen.”
Morgan then followed up by showing her video of her much-debated “wardrobe malfunction” when she accepted her Screen Actors Guild Award.