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Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t think playing a bow and arrow-wielding heroine or wracking up awards nominations should go to one’s head. In her forthcoming Vanity Fair cover story, the Silver Linings Playbook star said it’s not difficult to stay grounded, despite her fame and accolades.
“Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid,” Lawrence told the publication. “Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.’”
The actress, 22, also revealed that her bow training for The Hunger Games nearly came in handy one evening, when she came home and heard men inside. Thinking she was being robbed, Lawrence grabbed her weapon, which she’d been training with earlier, and went inside to defend her property.
“And I look, and my patio doors were open, and there were guys working right there, and I was like, ‘Heyyy, how you doin’?'”
Her friends joked after the embarrassing moment that they’d like to see her use the weapon for real someday.
“They were like, ‘We’ve got to stage someone to break into your house and you can kill them!’ That would be the funniest news ever. Katniss Everdeen actually kills someone with a bow and arrow!” Lawrence said.
Despite boasting an Oscar nomination and a mega franchise, Lawrence said she still gets tongue-tied around her acting idols.
“Once I’m obsessed with somebody, I’m terrified of them instantly. I’m not scared of them—I’m scared of me and how I will react,” she said.
Lawrence recalled being introduced to Bill Maher when she suddenly spotted Meryl Streep from across the room.
“I literally put my hand right in Bill Maher’s face and said, ‘Not now, Bill!,’ and I just stared at Meryl Streep,” Lawrence said, adding she didn’t have the courage to speak to Streep. “I just creepily stared at her.”
Vanity Fair’s February issue is on sale Thursday. Lawrence’s Silver Linings Playbook is currently in theaters, and the actress can be seen hosting NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Jan. 19.
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