Jennifer Lawrence turns 32 today! Aside from her role as a graduate astrology student opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in last year’s Don’t Look Up, Lawrence has been keeping a low profile since pre-COVID times. A lot of that was because she married art gallery owner Cooke Maroney in late 2019. So Lawrence was already at the start of a newlywedded, purposeful acting break when the pandemic hit … and then in February of this year the happy couple welcomed a baby daughter.
So while we may not have seen much of the A-lister since her wedding or during her pregnancy, thankfully she left some great movies to tide us over with until her return.
One of the best, but still not widely watched, is 2010’s Winter’s Bone. The tough Ozarks teenager Rae was Lawrence’s breakout role . . . and also earned the actress her first Oscar nomination. I’ve been writing for Redbox for more than 12 years at this point and have seen hundreds of great movies, but Winter’s Bone still sticks out to me because—even though I was thoroughly disturbed by a lot of the film—I remember the feeling of being thankful I was an early witness to its star’s work, because surely she was going to go on to have a spectacular acting career.
Sure enough, within 2 years Jennifer Lawrence was a household name, thanks to her leading role as Katniss Everdeen in the blockbuster adaptations of Suzanne Collings’ best-selling Hunger Games novels, and, to a lesser extent, her role as Raven/Mystique in the X-Men franchise.
Fast-forward 3 more years and she’s become the highest-paid female celebrity in both 2015 and 2016, and has three more Oscar nominations under her belt PLUS a win for her performance as a young widower opposite Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook. (The other two noms were for playing a con artist’s unpredictable wife in American Hustle and portraying QVC queen Joy Mangano in Joy.)
So yeah, she deserved a rest, right? Though I’m happy to say that Lawrence will be back on the big screen soon, with two movies on the horizon. For one she’s back with her Don’t Look Up director Adam McKay to star in Bad Blood, the true story of controversial blood-testing company Theranos and its pathological-liar founder, Elizabeth Holmes. For the other, Causeway, she’s teamed with Bullet Train standout Brian Tyree Henry in a drama about a soldier (played by Lawrence) returning home to New Orleans and struggling to adjust. I can’t wait for either!
You can celebrate Jennifer’s birthday with one of her movies here. (Don’t miss that Serena, which reunites Lawrence with her Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper, is streaming for free right now.) Here’s to Jennifer having a wonderful next trip around the sun!