CELEBRITY Jen­nifer Lawrence is ready for a change of pace.

This is Jen­nifer Lawrence.

ELLE (Canada) - - Contents - By Marie Pas­calin

AT JUST 22, Jen­nifer Lawrence had the world at her feet, with an Os­car for Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book, non­stop film of­fers and scores of ador­ing fans thanks to her tal­ent and charm. (Remember her en­dear­ing ad­mis­sion of her pen­chant for ham­burg­ers and re­al­ity TV?) Six years later, hav­ing been launched firmly into star­dom by roles in two mega-fran­chises (X-Men and The Hunger Games) and three Golden Globes, Lawrence chooses to work in both main­stream movies, like Pas­sen­gers and Red Spar­row, and edgier films, such as Mother!, a dark col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dar­ren Aronof­sky. Al­though she’s known for her am­bi­tion and worka­holic na­ture, the 28-year-old ac­tress and Dior am­bas­sador re­cently de­cided to change pace and is tak­ing the time to ex­plore some­thing other than act­ing.

Have you al­ways pre­ferred mak­ing films to go­ing on va­ca­tion?

“Oh, no—I’ve changed. When I was younger, I didn’t know what to do with my life apart from work. I was fo­cused on my ca­reer, and, thanks to that, it’s now pos­si­ble for me to take a break, to say no to cer­tain things and to not have to read ev­ery script I’m sent. I can slow down and cul­ti­vate other as­pects of my­self.”

For ex­am­ple?

“I’ve be­come pas­sion­ate about pol­i­tics. I think that the elec­tion dras­ti­cally changed some­thing in me, and I’ve taken an in­ter­est in cor­rup­tion and also dereg­u­la­tion. I work closely with Rep­re­sent.Us, an anti-cor­rup­tion as­so­ci­a­tion, and I try to keep in­formed. I’m also busy dec­o­rat­ing my house in New York and look­ing af­ter Pippi, my chi­huahua mix.”

You are at­tached to play Zelda Fitzger­ald in the up­com­ing biopic by Ron Howard. What at­tracted you to the char­ac­ter?

“She was a force of na­ture. She flouted con­ven­tion. She wrote in­cred­i­bly well, she had a vast imag­i­na­tion and her love story with F. Scott Fitzger­ald was down­right fas­ci­nat­ing. They were made for each other, but they also de­stroyed each other. I’ve never had a re­la­tion­ship like that— luck­ily I’m at­tracted to calmer scen­ar­ios— but it doesn’t mean that I don’t find them fas­ci­nat­ing.”

What’s the se­cret to a calm re­la­tion­ship?

“Think be­fore you speak! That’s one of the most im­por­tant things I’ve learned.”

Cer­tain fem­i­nists have crit­i­cized you for be­ing okay with stand­ing out in the cold in a light dress when you were pro­mot­ing Red Spar­row while the men around you were all wrapped up. How do you feel about that?

“I think it’s ir­re­spon­si­ble. There’s a real con­ver­sa­tion go­ing on right now about the pay gap be­tween men and women. Ob­sess­ing over that dress—that I chose to wear, just like I choose ev­ery­thing I wear—sab­o­tages this im­por­tant cause. Per­son­ally, I see fem­i­nism as a fight for eco­nom­i­cal, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial equal­ity. It has noth­ing to do with what you do or don’t de­cide to wear.”

Have you got­ten used to be­ing con­stantly ob­served and judged?

“I don’t know if you can ever get used to it. I try not to place too much im­por­tance on what’s writ­ten about me by peo­ple who don’t know me. There are some won­der­ful peo­ple in my life—I have won­der­ful friends who re­ally know me. As I get older, I re­al­ize that those are the peo­ple I don’t want to dis­ap­point.”

Were you up­set by the crit­i­cal fail­ure of Mother!?

“If you had told me back then that the film was go­ing to be so badly re­ceived, I would have made it any­way. It’s my favourite out of all the films I’ve made. I know it will stand the test of time be­cause it’s great cin­ema. I’ve never been so com­mit­ted to a role be­fore, never given so much to the cam­era. On-set, I could feel my body chang­ing just be­fore each take, as though my knees were giv­ing way a bit un­der my weight. It was a spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence. It changed me.”

You’re go­ing to be the face of Joy by Dior, the first new Dior per­fume since J’Adore, which is al­most 20 years old. Were you a part of the cre­ative process?

“Yes, I went to meet François Demachy [the Dior per­fumer-cre­ator] in his lab­o­ra­tory in Paris, and he made me smell all the dif­fer­ent raw ma­te­ri­als he was think­ing of us­ing. We de­cided on some­thing lemony and flo­ral with san­dal­wood in it—it’s a charm­ing, fem­i­nine per­fume that’s musky but dis­creet. I’m re­ally happy with the re­sult.”

What are your first per­fume mem­o­ries?

“It was a Dior per­fume—go fig­ure! My mother wore Miss Dior, and her pil­low, bathrobe and clothes all smelled of it.”

What was your first per­fume?

“Cu­ri­ous by Brit­ney Spears. [Laughs] I got it when I was 14, and un­til Joy came into my life, it was my favourite per­fume.” ®

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