15 AUGUST 2014
Happy birthday Jennifer Lawrence! As the stunning actress turns 24, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Jennifer and you...
This is what Jennifer, who is a Leo,can be expecting today:
Consider the villains in Bond films, manga comics and cowboy tales. Rarely, unless some sophisticated smart alec has been tinkering with the storyline, will the audience have any difficulty in knowing who to boo and who to cheer. We all prefer to deal with nice, clear, distinctions like this. Grey areas and complicated subplots rather spoil the fun. Yet, this weekend, if you are too hasty to label one thing good and another bad, and especially if you are judgmental about a particular person, there is the risk of making a mistake.
"My parents were the exact opposite of stage parents. They did everything in their power to keep it from happening. But it was going to happen no matter what. I was like, 'Thanks for raising me, but I’m going to take it from here," said the ambitious young star.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Jennifer has a happy family background that's a far cry from those of the troubled characters she's played in films. Her father Gary owns a construction firm and her mother Karen runs a day camp. The star has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine.
Known as Jen in her family, the actress displayed her strong motivation for the performing arts from a young age. At 14 she convinced her parents to take her to New York to audition for talent agencies.
Keen for their daughter to have an education, Jennifer’s parents wouldn't let her act until she had graduated from high school. However the teenager’s determination and intelligence meant she completed high school two years early. "I never considered that I wouldn’t be successful. I never thought, 'If acting doesn’t work out I can be a doctor.' The phrase 'If it doesn’t work out' never popped into my mind. And that dumb determination of being a naive 14-year-old has never left me," she says.
It was in the Big Apple that Jennifer was discovered by a photographer. Her photo was taken on the street and she was subsequently called in for an audition for an advert. "This guy was watching me, and he asked if he could take my picture," she says. ‘"We didn’t know that that was creepy, at the time. So we’re like, 'Sure.' So he took my mom’s phone number, and all of a sudden all these (modelling) agencies are calling. And that’s when it all started."
Since then, Jennifer has starred in Hollywood hits such as The Hunger Games and American Hustle, and she won an Academy Award for best actress after her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.