It kills me when people turn to the dark side especially people who I really like. I mean Jennifer Lawrence used to be nice and now… Man, she’s basically become the word that rhymes with witch. And I’m not talking about the cult classic Teen Witch starring Ms. Robin Lively… No… This is more like Bellatrix Lestrange.
Yep, that kind of witch.
And no, this isn’t Molly Ringwald, clearly Molly was never nice. No, I’m talking about Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence. She’s had a banner couple of years and all I hear is that she’s super nice, well this year every encounter I’ve had with Jennifer… She’s been nasty. Like downright rude.
Jack went out to meet Jennifer Lawrence at a recent talk show taping and… I’ll let him tell the story.
Take it away brother!
Certain celebrities are always a challenge. Whenever a “star” is having a career year, anything can happen, especially how dramatic their attitude can change over that time span. However, I find it most frustrating when someone transitions from fan friendly to arrogant. Such might be the case for the lovely Jennifer Lawrence.
Ever since I first saw her in “Winter’s Bone” I have been following her career, whether it was supporting roles (“Like Crazy” and “The Beaver”) or leading roles (“The Hunger Games” and “Silver Linings Playbook”) I think she will one day be a great actress. Despite everyone’s advice I decided to trek out and meet the two time Oscar nominee at a recent talk show taping.
4:20 p.m. – I just arrived at the Hollywood & Highland parking structure. After quickly making a pit stop I head on over to the taping area. I have a Rolling Stone magazine, a Vanity Fair and two DVDs (“The Beaver” and “Like Crazy”). The magazines are for my friends and the DVD, whatever one I can get, for myself.
4:30- The barricade is about three or four people deep with about 50-60 people already. Glad I arrived early. C.B. stops by and we started talking about our expectations. Honestly, not too many people expect her to sign.
4:40- A young woman standing next to me starts asking me questions about “signing opportunities” and I explain it’s “hit and miss” with anyone, especially A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence. She informs me she is with Black Sparrow Auctions, which is auctioning off some of “The Hunger Games” costumes and she wants to obtain something for a giveaway prize. I wish her the best of luck, but inform her there is a small chance she would sign and IF she does, it will either be on the way in or exiting ONLY, not BOTH.
5:00- Jennifer Lawrence arrives and everyone goes crazy.
I mean people are screaming their heads off and she is heading inside…WAIT. She is actually coming out, but seems focused only on one area where there are a handful of young girls.
Jennifer is just staying in one place and oh crap I think someone hit her in the face with photos. Please no…did they? I can’t tell. She remains focused on four girls in the corner….What’s happening?
Crap, she’s taking off right now and seems focused moving forward as “though she is concentrating” on every step. Lawrence is completely ignoring fans calling out to her and is surrounded by her large entourage of several people.
It appears she only signed five or so autographs and took off.
Now some of the amateur paparazzi and dealers are saying she won’t do it leaving. I have the same gut feeling and believe they’re right. About half the crowd takes off and I text Mike warning him she just signed for only a few people. I confer with C. B. and admits “That’s probably all she will do,” but is only waiting to avoid the traffic. I agree and decide to wait….just in case.
Meanwhile I bump into Jeremy, whom I met at the Mark Wahlberg taping a few weeks back and begin to discuss films, especially foreign films. Our conversation continues covering the history of cinema when I receive a phone call from Mike asking for updates. I inform him she barely signed a handful of autographs and the line for one of his favorite bands Tegan and Sara was wrapped around the block, reaching the corner Hollywood shop across from the Gap. I even take a picture to prove it (later showed it to him at the Ang Lee Q&A).
Soon more young fans arrive and we are back at about 50 or so fans, with almost the majority of them young females holding small signs and “Hunger Games” memorabilia.
About 6:30- Lawrence comes out in a stunning yellow dress and there are about a dozen videographers taping her leaving. Maybe she will sign with “so many people taping her”? Nope, we just get a lame wave and suddenly almost everyone runs to the exit to see if she will sign from her car.
Alas, she doesn’t and instead several security guards blind everyone with flashlights and the night turns out to be a bust. Immediately I call Mike and tell him the bad news about Jennifer snubbing young fans waiting for her. C.B., Jeremy and I call it a night and all agree “the dealers ruined another nice person” because of greed. Supposedly Jennifer used to be a complete sweetheart and now she has turned to the darkside. This was my first time ever “meeting Jennifer” and now I regret missing two “Winter’s Bone” screenings I was invited to back in the day.
It reminded me of Mike’s recent SLP article. Not that long ago Mike attended a screening with the entire “Silver Linings Playbook” cast and met the man, the legend Mr. Robert De Niro. In his review he wrote the following choice words about Ms. Lawrence:
“The crazy thing was, Jennifer Lawrence bolted out of the screening like she was Katniss in the Hunger Games. Not even Kristen Stewart bolted that fast. She didn’t talk to any of the other panelists, she just ran out of there. It was a little jarring…Hopefully, this isn’t going to be a common thing for Jennifer Lawrence”
Sadly, I think she no longer enjoys the spotlight and believes anyone who isn’t under the age of 18 (and female) is not a fan. Shame she feels this way, especially for us tall twentysomething guys.
P.S. After typing this up I soon discovered Jennifer Lawrence was a “little drunk” at the taping and had some “tequila shots” beforehand, which she mentioned during her interview. If that’s the case, it’s even more disheartening she would snub her fans while being a tad intoxicated. I like what one collector said, “I don’t know what’s worse, signing only four autographs or not signing at all? I think it might have been better if she didn’t sign at all.” I will let you be the judge, but I highly doubt I will ever attempt getting Ms. Lawrence again. Until the next time, happy autograph hunting!
For her nasty behavior I am awarding a rare Angry Theo to Miss Jennifer Lawrence!
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