If you want to fool Jennifer Lawrence, you’re going to have to get up pretty early in the day. An actress with an Oscar already under her belt at 25 is no match for a couple of YouTube pranksters, as sketch comedy duo Smosh learned this week.
Smosh is the brainchild of Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla. For their latest video, they decided to prank Lawrence during an interview to promote The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, People reported. The plan: Ian’s job was to sit down with Jennifer while Anthony would feed him awkward questions and suggestions in an ear piece from a super-secret back room.
The shenanigans were supposed to be a surprise for Lawrence, but she was playing her own game. Unbeknownst to Smosh, she’d teamed up with her Hunger Games co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. They hid in their own secret back room and fed the actress tips for acting like a difficult and bratty diva.
Turns out, Jennifer’s side of the hilarious prank was also done in collaboration with YouTuber Dylan Miceli-Nelson, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. They came together for a charity campaign and video series called “Prank it FWD,” whose purpose is to raise awareness for homelessness and poverty by posting prank videos online. For every 1,000 views each video gets, the charity donates $1 to the nonprofit DoSomething.org.
The set-up was essentially this: Ian would ask awkward questions and engage in truly inappropriate behavior — like ask Jennifer to shoot an apple off his head with a toy crossbow, ask her to role-play, and take off his shoes. And Jennifer would play right into it — happily taking the crossbow and shooting Ian in the face, delving into the role-play with gusto, and feigning anger at her interviewer’s disrespect to the point she stormed off.
“I was being serious about the lack of respect. This is like, a waste of everybody’s time,” Lawrence said as she walked away, according to Us Magazine. “I’m sorry, I feel like you’re not really a professional.”
In other cringe-worthy moments, Jennifer deflected Ian’s jokes, insulted and bossed him around, and lectured him about how to be professional in an interview. After Lawrence stormed off — ripping her microphone from her shirt in the process — her co-stars emerged to chew Ian out on her behalf, and then the jig was finally up.
“We thought we were pranking Jennifer Lawrence and BOY WERE WE WRONG,” Smosh wrote on Instagram afterward.
Lawrence then came back, riding victoriously on the back of Dylan’s wheelchair, to boast about her superior prank.
And since Jennifer is almost always in the news somehow, another story about the starlet (not just the highest paid actress in Hollywood but also considered the most valuable) emerged this week.
In a roundtable with other actresses, Lawrence talked about her upcoming space romance film Passengers and the “bizarre” experience of filming her first sex scene, Entertainment Weekly added.
The sex scene in question required Jennifer to roll in the hay with hunk Chris Pratt. Which may not have been so bad, except that Pratt is married. Though “everything was done right,” Jennifer said, she was wracked with anxiety before and during.
So she got “really, really drunk,” which didn’t work.
“That led to more anxiety when I got home [after] because I was like, ‘What have I done? I don’t know.’ And he was married. And it was going to be my first time kissing a married man, and guilt is the worst feeling in your stomach. And I knew it was my job, but I couldn’t tell my stomach that. So I called my mom, and I was like, ‘Will you just tell me it’s okay?’ It was just very vulnerable…. That was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been.”
Of course, Lawrence is a pro and she went through with the scene, Vanity Fair noted. Jennifer has done some on-screen lip-locking before (with both Josh and Liam, poor girl), but given the actress’ talent, the magazine noted that “not an ounce of that anxiety will show on-screen.”
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