Jennifer Lawrence and the Roller Coaster of Public Perception

Love her. Hate her. Love her (again).

Let’s go back to February 2012, when a young actress named Jennifer Lawrence was on the cusp of superstardom. The first Hunger Games film was a month away from wide release. As soon as it came out, there was no stopping Miss Lawrence from slaying both you and your faves. A new American sweetheart arrived seemingly overnight.

But there was something different about Jennifer compared to the Meg Ryans of yesteryear. She was unfiltered, quirky, and unfazed by the circus of attention surrounding her. We’re sure you fondly remember these prime retro JLaw soundbites:

For the first time, we had a superstar unafraid to admit she gorges on fries, fangirls over Meryl Streep, and has brothers who still call her ugly. She wasn’t some unattainable, ethereal figure. Jennifer was actually human, and that felt awesome. Just look at some of the headlines about JLaw during her rise to fame (2012–early 2013). Notice how they’re all overwhelmingly positive:

  • Rolling Stone— “Jennifer Lawrence: America’s Kick-Ass Sweetheart”
  • BuzzFeed— “The 25 Best Jennifer Lawrence Quotes Of 2012”
  • ABC— “10 Reasons to Love Jennifer Lawrence”
  • Bop and Tiger Beat— “10 Reasons We Love Jennifer Lawrence”
  • She was also unapologetic—and still is—about her “curvy” body. (More on why we put that in quotations later.) “I eat like a caveman. I’ll be the only actress who doesn’t have anorexia rumors,” Jen told ELLE magazine in November 2012. “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress.” Sound logic, right?

    All of this worked brilliantly in painting JLaw as the everygirl—the cool chick who could down an entire pizza but still made your brother thirsty AF. And things only got crazier when she won the Best Actress Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook…and fell up the stage. Please watch.

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