Jennifer Lawrence Quotes

1. My cousin cleaned out a shotgun for me and let me carry it around the house, because he said: "Anybody who knows anything about guns is going to know in a second if someone has held a gun before." I didn't want to be that person. I wanted to be practiced.

2. I never think it's right to chew gum in front of other people, but a lot of times I'll come in for a meeting chewing gum and I'll forget I'm chewing it. Then you don't want to swallow it because it stays in your system for seven years or something, so I've asked to throw it away. I've started to wonder if that's why I didn't get certain movies.

3. Teenagers only have to focus on themselves - it's not until we get older that we realize that other people exist.

4. And when I'm on set, I'm just thinking about the script and of working. I think I've stayed focused on the work so much that I haven't really noticed my life start to change except for I've gotten busier.

5. Anytime you're away from your home filming, it messes with your head.

6. As hard as it is and as tired as I am, I force myself to get dinner at least once a week with my girlfriends, or have a sleepover. Otherwise my life is just work.

7. Did I feel naked being naked? Yeah. Totally.

8. But really, for the most part - doing a prequel is great because you do have room to kind of free this character and how they got to where they are instead of being a slave to exactly what the previous actor did.

9. For "X-Men" I was lifting a lot of weights. I actually lost a lot of mass when I quit "X-Men" because I was working out so much and very muscular and strong.

10. Even as far back as when I started acting at 14, I know I've never considered failure.

11. I couldn't be happier about being a part of "Hunger Games" and to play Katniss. I have a huge responsibility to the fans of this incredible book and I don't take it lightly. I will give everything I have to these movies and to this role to make it worthy of Suzanne Collins' masterpiece.

12. I don't know if this is why everything has worked so well and I'm not sure I'd recommend this kind of thinking to anyone else, but I've always known I'd be successful in acting. I have certainly worked for it.

13. How do I let the director know how obsessed I am and willing to do anything for the movie? Like, I wanted to write this one director a letter, so I wrote him a handwritten note. But then I was like: "How many people are writing this guy handwritten letters? Is it going to seem cheesy? What do I do?"

14. I get photographers hiding in my bushes. We're way past autographs. We're into being stalked and followed.

15. I had to learn how to chop wood actually - I don't think my dad would have let me go chop wood in the backyard growing up.

16. I grew up in Kentucky, but I did not grow up like that. I had heat, and I didn't have to shoot my dinner or anything.

17. I picked up an issue of Cosmopolitan the other day that had tips for job interviews, because I was like: "I need to get better at interviews." The article was basically about how to get someone not to hate you in 20 minutes. Every single thing they told you not to do, I was like: "I do that every day."

18. I want to play a character I've never been before-a crazy serial killer like Charlize Theron in Monster. I'd love to have to shave my head.

19. I just kind of opened up and said: "I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on."

20. I wanted to be a doctor when I was little, so I'm okay with blood and guts.

21. I went through a wood-chopping phase when I was nine or 10.

22. I've done archery for about six weeks, and rock climbing, tree climbing - and combat, running and vaulting. But also yoga and things like that, to stay catlike!

23. It was like pulling teeth trying to get me to L.A. I hated it for so long, but now I've got this great life here.

24. The internet to me is kind of like a black hole, and I never really go on it.

25. Nothing's sacred anymore. Those girls and I got so close. They were painting me naked every day for months. It was kind of like going to a really bizarre sleepover. It's what you guys imagine we do: One naked girl and seven pairs of hands all over her.

26. When you don't have anybody to take care of you, then you could go both ways: You could do whatever you want, or you could take charge and be your own parent.

27. (on auditions and meetings) The miserable ones are the ones where all the girls auditioning are in the same room. There's no talking in those rooms. I've tried. Yesterday I had to do an interview. I was in a horrible mood. I couldn't think of basic words. I could see my publicist in the background, mouthing things to say. They want you to be likable all the time, and I'm just not.

28. I'm excited to be seen as sexy. But not slutty.

29. Where are the Robert Redfords and Paul Newmans of my age group? I love James Franco, but where's the next James Franco? Where are the hunks who can act?

30. There are actresses who build themselves, and then there are actresses who are built by others. I want to build myself.

31. I have this feeling of protectiveness over characters I want to play. I worry about them-if someone else gets the part, I'm afraid they won't do it right; they'll make the character a victim or they'll make her a villain or they'll just get it wrong somehow…When I get like that, anything's possible.

32. (on her role in "Winter's Bone") I'd have walked on hot coals to get the part. I thought it was the best female role I'd read - ever. I was so impressed by Ree's tenacity and that she didn't take no for an answer. For the audition, I had to fly on the redeye to New York and be as ugly as possible. I didn't wash my hair for a week, I had no makeup on. I looked beat up in there. I think I had icicles hanging from my eyebrows.

33. When I first got to New York, my feet hit the sidewalk and you'd have thought I was born and raised there. I took over that town. None of my friends took me seriously. I came home and announced: "I'm going to move to New York," and they were like: "OK." Then when I did, they kept waiting for me to fail and come back. But I knew I wouldn't. I was like: "I'll show you."

34. I never felt like I completely, 100% understood something so well as acting.

35. I'd like to direct at some point. But I don't know because 10 years ago I would have never imagined that I'd be here. So in 10 years from now, I might be running a rodeo.

36. (on being a sudden sex symbol) It feels weird. But (it's) not bad at all.

37. I don't really diet or anything. I'm miserable when I'm dieting and I like the way I look. I'm really sick of all these actresses looking like birds…I'd rather look a little chubby on camera and look like a person in real life, than look great on screen and look like a scarecrow in real life.

38. "Winter's Bone" wasn't a fun, easy movie to make by any means. But I didn't do it to have fun.

39. I like when things are hard; I'm very competitive. If something seems difficult or impossible, it interests me.

40. (on not wanting to be famous) I look at Kristen Stewart now and I think: "I'd never want to be that famous". I can't imagine how I'd feel if all of a sudden my life was pandemonium.

41. I'm doing what I love, and then I get months and months of rest. I have a lot of money for a 21-year-old. I can't stand it when actors complain.

42. I hate saying: "I like exercising." I want to punch people who say that in the face. But it's nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It's like: "Here's your trainer. This is what you can eat…"I don't diet. I do exercise! But I don't diet. You can't work when you're hungry, you know?

43. (on being asked if "The Hunger Games" transitioned her too quickly into stardom) I think about this all the time. But when you get a promotion at your job, you don't go: "That was too fast. Can I stay in the mailroom a while longer?" You take it.

44. (on posing in an Esquire magazine photo shoot to try and help shake up her public image) A lot of people said: "Oh, now we have a great actress come along and she's showing her boobs". But that's exactly what I had to do so I could keep working. Honestly, that photo shoot is what helped me get "X-Men" ("X-Men: First Class").

45. There's just no imagination in Hollywood. I wanted to show people "Winter's Bone" for the performance, but it ended up having the opposite effect. People were like, no, she's not feminine, she's not sexual.

46. (on referring to the characters she's played in "Winter's Bone" and "The Hunger Games") I don't know what it is with me and maternal wilderness girls, I just love 'em. Even before "Winter's Bone", the first movie I ever did, "The Poker House", I was caring for my younger siblings in a tough, dark situation.

47. (on suffering through school) I always felt dumber than everybody else. I hated it. I hated being inside. I hated being behind a desk. School just kind of killed me.

48. I think it gets so much easier to let things roll off your back. It's such a business of hurry up and wait, and if you let it get to you it will drive you absolutely insane. Like: "Why was I called in at four in the morning and I haven't been used until one in the afternoon?" And "Why are we shooting this a million times when we have five other scenes to shoot?" But you get to the point where you just say "This is filmmaking. This is what you get paid for. Everybody is doing the best they can. It's what you have to live with."

49. It's always been about the script and the director, for me. There are directors that I want to work with and that I admire. You can love a script, but if it doesn't have a good director, it won't be that. I like to adapt to a director's way of working. I love doing that. Each director is so different, and you have to adapt to this new way of doing something. That's what's amazing to me. That's why I love directors. I don't want the director to have to work around me. I think it's more fun for me to come in on their thing.

50. (on her acting method) To you it looks emotionally straining, but I don't get emotionally drained, because I don't invest any of my real emotions. I don't take any of my characters' pain home with me, I don't even take it to craft services. I've never been through anything that my characters have been through. And I can't go around looking for roles that are exactly like my life. So I just use my imagination. If it ever came down to the point where, to make a part better, I had to lose a little bit of my sanity, I wouldn't do it. I would just do comedies.

51. I didn't fully pee my pants.

52. I have a choice of really good things, not a bad movie versus a good movie. But if I say yes to everything, I won't have a day off for, like, the next four years.

53. I should say it wasn't real, for PETA. But screw PETA.

54. I was a cheerleader for six years, but I also have this totally competitive side. I'll wrestle anyone at any time. I was the manliest cheerleader. I had the lowest voice.

55. I want people to say: "I'm in a really bad mood, let's go see a Jennifer Lawrence movie".

56. Sometimes I get anxiety about not staying up late enough. I'm not the one in the corner, but if anyone was like: "I want to go home and watch The Big Lebowski," I'd be right there with my hand up.

57. I'm lost as f...! I've been driving around for, like, 10 minutes. Where the hell is this place? (Rolling Stone)

58. I have to pee so bad. (Rolling Stone)

59. I'm the fastest pee-er ever. I'm famous for it. (Rolling Stone)

60. I have an old soul. (laughs) I don't know any real-life lingo, so I have to take it from movies.

61. My run is so weird. That's what I'm most nervous about in this whole ordeal. I'm most nervous about everybody making fun of the way I run. I do, like, karate hands. Instead of running with my hands closed together like a normal person. It's like I'm trying to be aerodynamic or something, so my hands are straight like razors. Karate hands. (Moviefone)

62. When I dance, I look like I'm a dad at a prom. I never grasped my limbs. Ever since puberty I've just kind of felt like we don't understand each other. (The New York Times)

63. That dress looked so good on. And then when I was sitting at this table the only thing you could see were children cheering and just (my breasts) about six inches above the table. (The New York Times)

64. He actually didn't bite me; I ran into his teeth. (The New York Times)

65. That's how I can go about life free as an idiot: because I have no idea what I'm doing. (The New York Times)

66. I want a pizza with my face on it. (The New York Times)

67. I thought you were going to give me a website where I could see lots of orgies. I'm like: "I could get that from almost any guy here". (Vulture)

68. I left (my flip-flops) in the car. They're in the same place as my soul. (Vulture)

69. I'm white trash, so that could be the white trash Kentucky version. I'm not sure what it's called. A belly shirt? A half top? (The Daily Beast)

70. Sometimes you're going to suck and it's great if somebody could just tell you when you're sucking. (The Daily Beast)

71. (Katniss) is this Joan of Arc that doesn't see herself that way. She kind of grows into it. And she's strong like a male hero with a vagina. It's good for our 13 year olds. I probably shouldn't have said vagina, but you get what I'm saying. Vagina! If you've got it, shout it. (The Daily Beast)

72. Yeah, I screamed in (Daniel Radcliffe's) face. We were both doing Letterman. I grabbed him by the shoulder. Of course, I'm in 6-inch heels. That makes me 6-foot-4. I'm towering over him, saying: "I love Harry Potter!" His security people were nodding to each other - should we go?

73. I'm never going to starve myself for a part… I don't want little girls to be like: "Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner". That's something I was really conscious of during training, when you're trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong- not thin and underfed. (Elle magazine)

74. (My boyfriend) is honestly my best friend, and hopefully I'm his best friend too. He's my favorite person to be around and makes me laugh harder than anybody…We can eat Cheetos and watch beach volleyball and we turn into two perverted Homer Simpsons, like: "Oh, she's got a nice ass." I never thought we'd have such different opinions on asses. (Elle magazine)

75. I never know what's going to come out of my mouth, and it's horrible. I don't find it positive in any way. When I get older, I'll be more mature and poised. And I'll have control over my mouth. One day, I'm going to grow up…When we leave, I'm going to have a knot in my stomach. I'm going to be like: "Oh, did I say something wrong? I'm going to get in trouble!" (Elle magazine)

76. Acting, films, scripts, is literally the only thing I'm 100 percent confident in. I know what I'm doing. I just understand it, and I love it. When I'm on set, that's when I feel the most at home and in control. (Elle magazine)

77. Ten million dollars and I'm still living in my parents' condo…I've always lived in a tiny rat-infested apartment in New York, or a little condo in L.A., or a normal house in Kentucky. I think it would be very bizarre to live in a big mansion by myself. (Elle magazine)

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