Jennifer Lawrence: Her True Dream Career And Little Ode To ‘Joy’

Jennifer Lawrence enjoys a successful career in the entertainment business as one of Hollywood’s leading ladies, and the highest-paid actress, at the moment. The star has a number of Oscar nominations under her belt and a win for Best Actress, and she was recently considered in the running for another nod by the academy for her portrayal of the woman responsible for inventing the Miracle Mop in the film Joy.

All of Jen’s success has not kept the actress from setting her sights on a backup career should the bottom fall out down the line. Although this is extremely unlikely, it is still entertaining to hear what Lawrence would take on as her career ambition if she was not the talented onscreen beauty we know and adore.

In a recent interview, the 25-year-old pondered this very question. A number of celebrities were quizzed, and this topic of conversation was brought up during the Q&A session. Jen’s response was, of course, nothing short of witty while bordering on bizarre. Can we really expect anything less from the stunner? Teen Vogue relays Lawrence’s response to the entertainment interviewer’s question.

“I’d like to say I’d be a doctor. I’d probably be like, an out-of-work doctor trying to illegally operate on people.”

The star attributes her likelihood of being out of work to her lack of focus, which is a bit of a necessity while practicing any kind of medicine and remaining employable in the field.

Jennifer Lawrence is a fine actress and perhaps could find her way around a hospital or surgical room quite convincingly for a time without being discovered; her string of films are a testament to this. However, although her latest film, Joy, had Lawrence fans hoping for a cinematic hat trick in regards to the star’s Oscar-worthy performances while working under the direction of David O. Russell, the film reportedly falls a bit short. The Wrap shares a view that seems to be rather consistent across the board when it comes to critics’ opinions of Lawrence’s latest efforts.

“Russell hopes for a Jennifer Lawrence hat trick with ‘Joy,’ but unfortunately, this time his delicate balloon pops. It’s a movie about a harried single mother rediscovering her creativity, and about the birth of QVC as the ultimate melding of retail and show biz, and about one brave person’s fight not to be exploited by the world of commerce, but Russell doesn’t quite figure out how to tell these stories concurrently, or even consecutively, resulting in a pile-up of characters and incidents and emotions that never satisfyingly coheres.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Director David O. Russell and actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The excitement and clever dialogue of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle were a lot to live up to, and with a slower plot and interwoven characters along with an intertwining plot, Joy is a big shift for the collaboration of Lawrence and Russell. This is obviously not to say that Jen’s acting falls flat. Lawrence does the role and character justice, as usual. It’s simply so far removed from her usual portrayals that it may very well be too juxtaposed to allow the star to snatch up another Oscar.

Lawrence and director David O. Russell, as mentioned, have teamed up incredibly well in previous films. It’s worth noting that there was talk during the filming of this particular movie that Jen and her director were at odds on set. Back in February, Lawrence fervently denied these claims and was, in fact, outraged by the suggestions of “bad blood” between the two. Perhaps there was more truth to the rumors than Lawrence let on, which may have resulted in a mediocre film being made. The rumor, however, remains merely that.

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