J-Law 's Dilemma: Soccer Mom or Hunger Games Star?
By David Weiner
Jennifer Lawrence continues to see lots of love for her standout performance in Silver Linings Playbook. The star was honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Saturday, where she talked about how her life has changed since she found fame -- and revealed her reluctance to take on the lead in The Hunger Games franchise.
"It's really rare in your life that saying yes to something will completely change your life," she said. "I was happy with my life and I just didn't know if I wanted it to change. I've always had this imaginary future in my mind where I would be just be a soccer mom that drove a minivan and my kids were normal and I kind of had the same family that I grew up in -- and that just didn't fit with talking on a giant franchise."
Jennifer's Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell was on hand to present her with The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Outstanding Performer of the Year Award for that indie hit. He told the audience that he agreed with his editor, who had seen the first footage from the shoot, and said of the 22-year-old star, "This one's been kissed by the angels."