J-LAW REIN­VENTED

HER 7 STEPS TO SUC­CESS

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Hav­ing a tough week? Take in­spi­ra­tion from Jennifer Lawrence, who is on a mis­sion to make her well-be­ing a pri­or­ity

An Os­car, a BAFTA, three Golden Globes. There’s no doubt that Jennifer Lawrence is one of the world’s most suc­cess­ful – and yet some­how so re­lat­able – stars. But de­spite a string of crit­i­cally ac­claimed movies, it’s not been the eas­i­est of years for the 27 year old. It’s un­sur­pris­ing that we’ve heard Jen’s hav­ing a work/life over­haul, push­ing her lim­its and hav­ing a muchde­served re­boot. From networking, team­ing up with a men­tor, prac­tis­ing med­i­ta­tion and learn­ing how to self-care, we could all learn from Jen’s ex­am­ple.

1. POWER HOUR

Busi­ness­woman and founder of Huff­in­g­ton Post, Ari­anna Huff­in­g­ton, starts her day with 30 min­utes of ex­er­cise, fol­lowed by 30 min­utes of me­di­a­tion. Gwyneth Pal­trow has a mug of hot water and lemon, while US edi­tor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Win­tour has a knock-about on the ten­nis court (who doesn’t?). And ac­cord­ing to an in­sider, a fo­cused morn­ing rou­tine is how Jen has been start­ing her day, too. ‘Jen is de­ter­mined to makeover her ca­reer, but she’s adamant it all starts from within,’ ex­plains a friend. ‘She’s fo­cus­ing on get­ting her mind recharged and takes an hour each morn­ing for “me time”. She sets her alarm to make sure she can do a yoga and med­i­ta­tion ses­sion.’

2. MEN­TOR WITH MEAN­ING

She might be form­ing a close team of Hol­ly­wood power play­ers, but Jen is also keen to stay con­nected with some of her clos­est con­fi­dants, es­pe­cially di­rec­tor David O.rus­sell – who Jen has known and worked with for over six years. ‘Jen thinks David’s just the man to help her with every­thing. She’s think­ing strate­gi­cally about her ca­reer and wants the right peo­ple around her,’ ex­plains an in­sider. ‘David has al­ways been a con­stant in her life and right now, she’s lean­ing on him for sup­port.’

3. PICK A (POWER) PART­NER

Jen has re­cently been signed with power agent, LBI En­ter­tain­ment’s Rick Yorn, who’s also long-term rep and close friend of Leonardo Di­caprio. ‘Both Jen and Leo have been hunt­ing for the per­fect script and there are plans to get them to star in movies to­gether,’ ex­plains a friend. ‘Jen has al­ways been a fan of Leo’s films and is jump­ing at the chance to work with him.’ Note to self: pick your wing­man wisely.

4. FAIL­URE > SUC­CESS

The last 12 months have been a lit­tle tricky for Jen. Not only was she awarded a Razzie for Worst Ac­tress af­ter her role in Mother! but she was also heav­ily crit­i­cised for her out­fit choice at the pho­to­call for hit spy thriller, Red Spar­row. When Jen was ques­tioned for not wear­ing a coat over her (fab­u­lous) Ver­sace dress (fans were quick to draw com­par­i­son with her male co-stars who were wrapped in coats and scarves) she took to Face­book to hit back at crit­ics.

‘You think I’m go­ing to cover that gor­geous dress up with a coat and a scarf? I was out­side for five min­utes. I would have stood in the snow for that dress be­cause I love fash­ion and that was my choice,’ wrote Jen. ‘This is sex­ist, this is ridicu­lous, this is not fem­i­nism.’ We’ve heard this kind of crit­i­cism is only fu­elling Jen even fur­ther. Ac­cord­ing to an in­sider, Jen has al­ways lived by this mantra. ‘What some peo­ple don’t re­alise about Jen is that she takes her ca­reer very se­ri­ously. Ob­vi­ously, she’s had to deal with some up­sets this year – break­ing up with Dar­ren wasn’t easy – but she’s even more mo­ti­vated to suc­ceed.’

I’ve never been more mo­ti­vated to suc­ceed J-L aw

5. PUSH YOUR LIM­ITS

Ear­lier this year, Jen re­vealed the film she’s been writ­ing with Amy Schumer is fi­nally com­ing to­gether. ‘She’s been toy­ing with the idea of do­ing her own com­edy spe­cial for some time,’ ex­plains a friend. ‘It would be a dif­fer­ent move for her, but she’s ready for the chal­lenge and thinks her movie with Amy Schumer will be a step in the right di­rec­tion.’and as Look re­ported a few weeks ago, she’s also keen to get in­volved in some char­ity work too. In an in­ter­view, Jen re­cently re­vealed: ‘I’m go­ing to be work­ing with this or­ga­ni­za­tion as a part of Rep­re­sent.us... try­ing to get young peo­ple en­gaged po­lit­i­cally on a lo­cal level.’ It’s said to be part of Jen’s plan to push the bound­aries of her com­fort zone. ‘Jen has al­ways liked help­ing peo­ple, she re­ally wants to make sure she’s still do­ing her part and giv­ing some­thing back. But she also wants to push her­self.’

6. SELF-CARE

‘I’m a big be­liever in ac­cept­ing your­self and not re­ally worrying about it,’ said Jen, circa 2012. Six years on, we’ve heard this is still Jen’s mantra and she’s made it her mis­sion to stop striv­ing for per­fec­tion. While she’s fully fo­cused on her ca­reer, her main pri­or­ity is her own well-be­ing and putting her­self first. ‘Jen’s plac­ing her needs be­fore any­thing else,’ ex­plains a friend. ‘She’s tak­ing bet­ter care of her­self now and she’s try­ing to pur­sue a bal­anced life­style, work­ing out more and drink­ing less al­co­hol.’

7. LIFE RE­BOOT

With her ca­reer over­haul in full swing, it seems Jen is also do­ing her best to im­prove her work/life bal­ance too. Ac­cord­ing to mates, she’s re­alised the im­por­tance of find­ing much-needed time out, re­con­nect­ing with her roots and even look­ing to buy a prop­erty closer to her fam­ily. ‘Jen has been shop­ping for a ranch in her home state of Kentucky. She’s re­alised she some­times needs to get her head out of Hol­ly­wood. She’s very down-toearth at heart.’

Ver­sace dressé That

Jen with her trusty men­tor David O. Rus­sell

J-law with BFF Emma Stone

Turn­ing her hand to com­edy with Amy Schumer

Jen’s healthy life­style in ac­tion

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