I also can’t believe I took Lawrence to a sensory-deprivation tank after she saw it. “Different people will see it different ways, and I’m always inspired by films you remember and are still talking about a few days later.”After writing the script in a flurry—five days, he says—Aronofsky was thrilled to get Lawrence for the part, considering her hectic schedule and the fact that would begin with three months of rehearsals in a Brooklyn warehouse involving the primary cast, which besides Lawrence and Pfeiffer includes Javier Bardem and Ed Harris.“To get that type of commitment from an actor is hard,” he says.
“To get it from the biggest actors in the world is really, really hard.
well, let Lawrence tell it:“When I first moved in, the house was crystalled out—crystals everywhere, and geodes,” she explains. “You can’t go wrong being yourself, as cheesy as that might sound.”Lawrence’s normality is one of her signatures, so much so that the singer Ariana Grande spoofed it on a “Celebrity Family Feud” sketch with an impression (“They told me not to do a game show, but I was like, ‘Screw it, I can have fun, I’m a regular person’ ”).
“There’s part of me that can’t imagine Jen not working, or not working for long.” Lawrence herself has said that this is her metabolism, that she can’t stand the idea of “waking up with nothing to do or going to sleep without accomplishing anything.” Lately, however, she’s come around to the idea that a little bit of rest might be good.“Yeah, that was ridiculous,” she says. This is great.”By now, you’ve probably read a thousand things about how Jennifer Lawrence is just like the rest of us, how she is exactly the kind of Hollywood non–head case you’d want to chill at a fire and share reasonably priced bourbon with. Amid a breezy conversation that ranges from the ”) to whether or not it’s worth trying ayahuasca (She hasn’t: “I haven’t had the calling”) to Lawrence’s famous adoration of reality TV (“You can look at someone else’s life and say, ‘Well, obviously, you shouldn’t marry that guy,’ and it makes you feel like God for 30 minutes”), it’s easy to forget you’re in the company of someone now hailed as movie-industry royalty—a description that will surely cause Lawrence to draw a finger to her mouth and make the barf sign.“I’m not sure she has the capacity to be anyone but herself,” says Lawrence’s best friend, Justine Ciarrocchi, one of her roommates back in their shared-apartment/ramen-noodles days.
It was an amazing luxury to have that much time.”Lawrence admits she wasn’t a rehearsal person before making but says that the process made her the most “in tune” she’s ever been with a character. She’s truly committed to go as far as needed.”“I hate talking about acting because it’s so hard to talk about it without sounding like a douche,” Lawrence says in her ever-Lawrence way. I didn’t know if I’d be able to come out OK.”One moment during filming got so intense, Lawrence says, that she hyperventilated and dislocated a rib. “I have oxygen tubes in my nostrils, and Darren’s like, ‘It was out of focus; we’ve got to do it again.’ And I was just like, ‘Go fuck yourself.’ ”Wanting to protect Lawrence’s well-being amid that darkness, some of the crew assembled a “Kardashian tent” for the actress off set—a refuge where she could get away from the work and decompress with her chatty friends from reality TV.