Jennifer Lawrence Opens Up About Father Figure Robert De Niro

Jennifer Lawrence had the honor of presenting a GLAAD award to her good friend Robert De Niro recently, and she opened up a bit about their relationship in a moving tribute, saying she feels like his daughter.

The Joy actress said that she and De Niro — who received the GLAAD Excellence In Media Award for his work producing Remembering The Artist about his father, who was gay — get together once a week for drinks, and he gives her advice, often accompanied by a pinch on the cheek because, she says, she reminds him of his daughter (who is 4-years-old).

“Bob had asked me to present him with this GLAAD Excellence in Media Award. I’m like a daughter to him, and that transpired into our once-a-week drinks at the Greenwich Hotel where I get advice on absolutely everything. And also, he gets drunk and pinches my cheek and says, ‘You remind me of my little Helen’…As one of the greatest actors who has ever lived, you can learn a lot from him. But the most important thing he’s taught all of us is acceptance. Bob is the kindest person I’ve ever met. His heart is so giving. And with his own quiet strength, it is no wonder that this man and the incredible organization that is GLAAD would come together tonight,” Jennifer said during her presentation.

Jennifer said recently that she asks De Niro — who worked with the actress on Joy and Silver Linings Playbook — for financial advice and said that she loved the fact that she got to play his daughter in Joy.

For his part, De Niro isn’t afraid to joke around with Jennifer and made sure he got in a jab when he accepted his award.

“Thank you, Jen. If I were a lesbian, I’d be all over you. Being a father figure has its limitations. Jennifer Lawrence is not only a great actress, she’s a respectful and loving friend,” Robert said.

Jennifer Lawrence has been keeping busy, making various appearances on talk shows to promote her new film X-Men: Apocalypse. The actress recently revealed that shooting the film was quite an experience, mostly because of the “prank wars” the actors engaged in between scenes. During a battle with BB guns, James McAvoy busted into a room just as Jennifer was attempting to use the bathroom, which was a complicated process for her due to her constricting costume and involved standing up and using a funnel. Needless to say, things got messy.

“Trust me, you’re gonna want to see this X-Men,” Lawrence said on The Graham Norton Show.

Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman says that joking around on set is part of being an actor, and while playing pranks can help cast members bond, it can also get a bit out of hand at times.

“Acting is like being in high school. Well, let’s make it elementary school…I really am the mature one. Even around Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, I’m the mature one,” Jackman said.

Of course, being the mature one also comes with certain negative connotations; mainly, the fact that it usually means you’re one of the oldest people on set.

“There was one moment where I was working with Nick Hoult, who plays Young Beast. First day on set he goes, ‘Man, I’m just tripping.’ I said, ‘What’s that?’ He goes, ‘I used to watch you walk down this very hall when I was eight years old.’ And I’m like, ‘Stop. Stop that story right now.'”

As for Jennifer Lawrence, rumors are floating around the web that she’ll reunite with Hunger Games director Gary Ross for an Ocean’s Eleven reboot that will have an all-female cast. If the rumors are to be believed, the film would be anchored by Sandra Bullock, who would play the sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney).

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