Whether she’s tripping over her own feet, speaking out about the Hollywood wage gap, or taking a stab at Donald Trump, Jennifer Lawrence has pretty much seduced the entire country. Add to that her golden touch when it comes to movies and the young starlet has earned not just the distinction of being Hollywood’s highest paid actress, but also its most valuable.
Lawrence earned this title from culture and entertainment website Vulture, which deemed her the “leading movie star of her generation,” Reuters reported. With the Hunger Games and X-Men franchises under Jennifer’s belt, an Oscar statue on her mantle, and projects with other Hollywood MVPs Amy Schumer and Chris Pratt on the way, Jennifer seems to have earned the moniker.
So how exactly did Vulture determine Jennifer Lawrence is Hollywood’s most valuable movie stars? It all sounds quite scientific actually, and the site recognizes that stardom is about as finicky as a toddler. They use a number of factors to make the call: domestic and foreign box office stats, the opinions of critics, buzz on social media, Oscar attention, and likeability ratings from E-Score Celebrity rankings. All of this data was then dumped into a formula built by an actual statistician.
At the end of these calculations, Jennifer Lawrence came out on top among 100 other valuable stars (you can see the rest of Vulture’s list here). That’s not surprising, however, given how every time the Lawrence speaks up, tells a joke, accidentally kisses a female co-star, or falls on her face, it makes headline news.
And though Lawrence’s appeal has a lot to do with her vim and vigor, Jennifer is proving herself to be a pretty important voice for her generation as she gets older, as Reuters pointed out. At only 25, the star banked $52 million last year (and negotiated intensely to make sure she kept on earning that much), proving that she is “coming into her own in a business dominated by men.”
In other words, Jennifer has become a serious feminist icon. The character who catapulted Lawrence to fame, Katniss Everdeen, is just one in a long line of strong female characters — though Jennifer said she wouldn’t shy from playing more vulnerable, passive character — the actress has embodied.
Ree in Winter’s Bone, Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook, and her upcoming role in Joy are among these roles. And through Hunger Games, Jennifer has proven that a female can rock an action movie, too.
“The huge misconception that women can relate to male leads but men can’t relate to female leads, I think that’s something studios are saying and it’s just getting repeated. Hopefully that kind of mentality is on its way out.”
In real life, Lawrence makes some serious waves, too.
Last month, Lawrence wrote an essay out about the wage gap in Hollywood for Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny. Jennifer’s words — about how she was afraid of looking like a “spoiled brat” by asking for more money — went viral.
Apparently, Jennifer didn’t think about them too much, but people cheered en masse.
“I was really shocked. When (Dunham) asked me to write something, I just typed something up and pressed send. I didn’t really have any expectations.”
But Lawrence seems to have recognized the power of her own voice, beyond using it to amuse her adoring public with another spate of remarkable honesty or brash joke.
“You can actually really start to appreciate that you do have a platform and a voice that people will listen to and the option to use it hopefully for betterment,” Lawrence said.
Jennifer recently spoke her peace about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose election would spell the end of the world, in her opinion. And Lawrence criticized county clerk and fellow Kentuckian Kim Davis, who she said “makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky,” Salon reported.
“Don’t even say her name in this house,” Lawrence said in a recent interview, directing her anger next to “all those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.”
Fox News host Andrea Tantaros promptly responded by saying Jennifer made her embarrassed to be a woman. But as far as Vulture is concerned, a woman should be proud to consider the actress one of their own.
What do you think? Did Jennifer Lawrence earn her title as the most valuable movie star?
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