Jennifer Lawrence definitely has a fan in Orange is the New Black actress Lori Petty.
Before she landed roles in The Hunger Games and X-Men: Days of Future Past, Lawrence appeared in Petty’s directorial effort The Poker House. The film tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who survives a vicious rape at the hands of her mother’s pimp. According to ABC News, the movie is loosely based on the Tank Girl star’s own experiences as a teenager.
Although Jennifer appeared also in writer-director Jason Freeland’s Garden Party back in 2008, The Poker House essentially gave Lawrence her first opportunity to shine in a feature-length motion picture. Prior to these films, the award-winning actress had only appeared in a handful of television shows.
Petty told The Daily Beast that she was completely blown away by Lawrence’s dedication to the role. Since the production was operating on a small budget (around $1.5 million), they had to work quickly to get the story in front of the camera. This required filming quite a few scenes every day, though Lawrence was apparently up to the task.
“Look, she deserves one hundred percent of her success, period. In addition to that, I think I passed along 25 years of experience of being an actress to her… She’s amazing and the camera loves her, and that’s why I cast her.
The League of Their Own star continued:
“She’s going to be around forever and ever. I wrote her half-page monologues, and she’d just knock them out of the park. It was a small budget, under $1.5 million, and she was doing like eight pages a day. I went up to her mom and said, ‘What do we do after lunch? I don’t want her to crash!’ and she went, ‘Oh no, she’s fine. This is what she does.’ She’s remarkable, that kid.”
It’s certainly clear that Jennifer Lawrence has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. The Inquisitr previously reported that the actress recently signed on to star in frequent collaborator David O. Russell’s latest project. The acclaimed filmmaker will reportedly tackle the story of Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano.
Lawrence recently told Indiewire:
“[David O. Russell] recently texted me at I think 4 in the morning, and he was like, ‘I think I want to make a movie about the woman who invented the [Miracle] Mop. You want to do it?’ I was like, ‘Yeah.’ I can just imagine David looking at somebody mopping and being like, ‘Yeah, that’s my next screenplay.”
Jennifer Lawrence fans should seriously consider catching the actress as Mystique in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film is in theaters now.
[Top Image via The Poker House / Phase 4 Films]