She burst onto the media scene in 2011 as America’s new sweetheart with a penchant for honesty and reliability, but just seven years later the girl affectionately known as JLaw has become one of the most polarising celebrities in the landscape of fame.
Mentions of the actress which almost always used to result in an unashamed fan-girling session or enthusiastic response of ‘I love her!’ now resulted in responses of ‘I used to really like her, but…’ or even an awkward argument about why Mother! sort of sucked.
No star since Julia Roberts and her A Low Vera ordeal has ever fallen so fast in the eyes of the public.
So. What the fuck happened?
A few say that the world turned on JLaw when her naked pictures were leaked, believing that the mystery of the celebrity girl-next-door was erased, damaging her appeal. Others insist it wasn’t the leaking of the images, but rather the way that she responded to the situation.
Lawrence, then 24, called the leak a “sex crime” and a “sexual violation”, and added that viewers of the images should be ashamed of their part in a sexual offence. It was a far cry from the ‘cool chick’ persona Lawrence had previously adopted in interviews and appearances, the persona that didn’t take anything too seriously.
Perhaps it was when Lawrence started to seem ungrateful for film roles that thousands of other actresses would kill for a shot at.
“I kind of f—ed myself,” Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly about appearing in the latest X-Men Movie. “Because when I was trying to talk Simon into directing, he said something like, ‘If I direct it, you have to do it,’ and I was like, ‘Of course! Duh!’ Then they offered me the movie, and I was like, ‘Goddammit!’”
If that wasn’t bad enough, Lawrence bad treatment of fans garnered a lot of negative media attention.
During a chat with Adam Sandler as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors joint interview series, Lawrence admitted she deliberately acted rude to fans to stop them from asking for selfies, “Once I enter a public place, I become incredibly rude. I turn into a huge a**hole.”
Lawrence even revealed that she got into a fight with a fan reacted badly to the star refusing a selfie.
“Something in me just snapped — but it couldn’t have been the alcohol,” she said on the Late Night With Seth Meyers.. “I grabbed him, I took beers and I started dousing him, all over him.”
Lawrence didn’t stop there, however; she saw that the fan also had a suitcase and made quick work covering that in beer as well.
“I was like, ‘Is that your sh-t?!’ I started pouring beers all over his suitcase. My friend Chris came up, grabbed me from behind and goes, ‘Don’t waste beer! Don’t waste beer!’ I instantly relaxed. I was like, ‘Of course! What was I thinking?’”
Others say she took a turn for the worse when she spoke out on her liberal political and feminist beliefs. In the time leading up the divisive Presidential Election in 2016, Lawrence controversially slammed Republicans in an interview with Vogue and even spoke about seeking out Trump at a concert to ‘flip him off’ on The Graham Norton Show.
It was the sort of thing that people expected from Hollywood moviestars like George Clooney or Brad Pitt, but not from their honest and relatable girl-next-door from Kentucky. No, no, no. That wasn’t what she would say. Could America’s Sweetheart really only be the sweetheart of half of America?
Instead of outspoken political beliefs, could it be as simple as overexposure that sent JLaw spiralling into divisive town? The same problem that wiped out Jude Law’s movie star career in early to mid 2000’s. Or was it when the star publicly befriended controversial figures such as The Kardashians and Amy Schumer? Could it even be that the perception of the star was that she was too calculated with people finding her multiple Oscar falls too contrived?
Ultimately, there are many reasons that people cite for their newfound dislike of the Academy Award winner. It could be as simple as one or two, or it could be an toxic combination of many. All I know for sure is that the girl from 2011 that shot to fame and stole our hearts is no longer the Jennifer Lawrence of today. And there’s something about that fact that is incredibly sad.