Entertainment Weekly has bestowed its 2015 Entertainer of the Year title on Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence.
The honor comes at a pivotal time in the actress’ career, as she wraps up the two franchises that have buoyed her early 20s – The Hunger Games, which opened its final chapter, Mockingjay, Part 2, last week and X-Men, which will release its final chapter with Lawrence as Mystique next summer.
Like the actress, Sara Vilkomerson’s cover interview with Lawrence (the link in an excerpt; you have to buy the magazine for the whole thing) is moving on, focusing on her ongoing working relationship with director David O. Russell, her new collaboration with comedian Amy Schumer and her desire to direct – which, like everything about Lawrence, doesn’t come across anywhere near as cliché as it sounds.
“I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act; I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it,” says Lawrence, who is slated to direct a movie called Project Delirium.
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She is also writing with Schumer, also on EW’s Entertainers of the Year list. In the interview, Lawrence says, “We work really well together – it’s been the most fun thing ever. All I do is laugh.”
But the most rapturous praise is for Russell, who directed Lawrence to her Oscar win for best actress in Silver Linings Playbook and another nomination for American Hustle. Their latest collaboration, Joy, slated for a Christmas Day release (pencil that in, Lexington, as Russell’s movies tend to be platform releases).
“David and I will never ever ever ever not do movies together,” Lawrence says. “I understand every look, every eyeball move, every word he says or doesn’t say. We were made for each other.”
Other interesting points in the six-page spread are her take on reaction to her essay about pay inequality – you’re going to have to work hard to get to JLaw – and a moment where she stops herself and says, “I am trying this new crazy thing where when I know I’m going to regret saying something , I just try not to say it.”
We hope she doesn’t really mean that.