Jennifer Lawrence Bio: Star of The Hunger Games

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15th, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky. Growing up alongside two brothers, she was a tomboy who was bitten by the acting bug early on and decided to pursue acting as a full-time career when she was only 14. Today, she is best known for starring as Mystique in "X-Men First Class" and Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games." Join WatchMojo.com as we learn more about the origins of actress Jennifer Lawrence.
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Jennifer Lawrence Bio: Star of The Hunger Games

She made it big in Hollywood as a bow-wielding tomboy forced to play a game to the death. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be learning more about the origins of Jennifer Lawrence.

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15th, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky. Growing up alongside two brothers, Lawrence was a tomboy who showed off her sports skills on various teams. Eventually, she was on the sidelines as a loyal cheerleader.

She was bitten by the acting bug early on, and followed her calling by taking part in a play at her church. This led to regular appearances in local theater productions, and by age 14 Lawrence decided to pursue acting as a full-time career. Once she convinced her folks to take her to New York to find an agent, it wasn't long before she was discovered while walking down a Manhattan street.

Lawrence was not just a pretty face: she graduated high school two years early in order to dive right into her acting career. Without taking any drama classes, she transitioned to professional work and appeared in a string of ads after she relocated to New York. She then took on roles in several made-for-TV films and shows like “Monk,” “Medium” and “Cold Case.”

Soon after, Lawrence landed a regular part on the sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show,” which prompted her to relocate again – this time to Los Angeles. Thanks to her success on this series, she was given the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performer in a TV Series.

Following this confidence boost, Lawrence decided to take on several gritty indie projects. These included the dramas “The Burning Plain” opposite Kim Basinger and Charlize Theron, and “The Poker House,” in which she dramatized the abuse-filled childhood of actress-turned-filmmaker Lori Petty. Both projects earned her high praise and film festival wins.

After appearing in the music video for Parachute’s song “The Mess I Made,” Lawrence landed her breakout role. Producers of the independent feature “Winter's Bone” initially rejected casting her, but Lawrence downplayed her natural beauty to win the role as a poor teen struggling to keep her family alive, while also hunting down her meth dealing father.

This portrayal brought her countless nominations and awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. In fact, she became the second-youngest actress to ever be nominated for the award, at only 20-years-old.
She then appeared in the independent film “Like Crazy.” Her 2009 project “The Beaver” was finally un-shelved two years later following a period of controversy surrounding its star Mel Gibson.
Registering high on Hollywood’s radar, Lawrence finally entered major box office territory when she was cast as a younger version of Raven Darkholme, the scantly-clad shape-shifting mutant Mystique in 2011's “X-Men: First Class.” Lawrence even found love on the set: she began dating English actor Nicholas Hoult who not only played Lawrence’s romantic interest in the film, but was also the only other blue mutant on-set.

Lawrence then took on her first lead role for a major studio when she appeared in the first film instalment of Suzanne Collins' best-selling book series “The Hunger Games.” She worked tirelessly to become the heroic Katniss Everdeen by adopting extensive exercise and training regimens that included archery, plus rock and tree climbing.

Prior to the film's release, Lawrence realized the scope of the film's popularity: she was initially hesitant about leading a franchise that rivaled the likes of “Harry Potter” and “The Twilight Saga.” Sure enough, “The Hunger Games” dominated the box office and she became a female hero for a new generation, a character with a special complexity, wide-reaching appeal and killer aim.

As she was already signed on for sequels to “The Hunger Games” and “X-Men,” the starlet spent the rest of 2012 starring in the horror flicks “Devil You Know,” “House at the End of the Street” and the comedy “The Silver Linings Playbook.”

This is one actress who has found success by impressing moviegoers with her screen presence, soulful eyes and willingness to take on unconventional and gritty roles. Thanks to her unique talents, Jennifer Lawrence has unquestionably become one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies.

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