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Jennifer Lawrence Was Advised to 'Know Who You Are' By Shirley MacLaine

Jennifer Lawrence Was Advised to 'Know Who You Are' By Shirley MacLaine

Jennifer Lawrence rocks a purple coat on her way to a night out on Monday (March 21) in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City.

The 25-year-old Oscar-winning actress received advice from actress Shirley MacLaine in the early days of her career, Shirley recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly.

“She was entirely different then. It was years ago and I don’t think she understood how good she really is,” Shirley said.

She said she advised Jennifer to “be yourself. Never basically leave Kentucky… Know who you are above all others.”

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  • millerz

    I think she’s pretty, but if it’s not an award show she looks average. I don’t get the hype that she’s the most perfect celebrity.

  • Russell Quinn

    She’s not the perfect celeb. She can be down right harsh with her words. She said christian supporter of Kim Davis were “all those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.”

    I’m not a fan of Kim Davis but I know a lot of conservative Christians. They are good people and don’t deserve to be spoken about like that.

    Jennifer Lawrence made antiChristian people happy…
    https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=jennifer%20lawrence%20dump%20on%20Christians&src=typd

    I was once a fan now no more.

  • FerCat

    She’s still at an age when she is easily influenced by the people around her. Her opinions may not be truly her own.

    But she is definitely way overrated though.

  • TC_94

    The use of the word overrated is pretty overrated…Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress but I agree with you on the fact that she is still too young and can be easily influenced by people around her. She should stay away from those people.

  • millerz

    It’s crazy bc like myself she was raised a Christian. I’m not the best practicing Christian like my parents are I went to Catholic school my whole life and as I grew up I formed my own opinions and feelings about religion but I would never bash it and I will always consider myself a Christian. Im curious what made her change. I’d really like to know, genuinely.

  • curiouser and curiouser

    Well, she’s really the only one I care much about. Most people I know think she is something special. People can have different tastes though, and that’s fine.

  • Treeflower

    LOVE Shirley, and would definitely trust her to recognize huge talent when she sees it. Good on Jen for taking her sage advice to heart. (And I absolutely agree with her regarding Kim Davis supporters…-_-)

  • FerCat

    Well if the word fits.
    JLaw’s performance is only credible when O’Russell is doing the helming. That’s because he actually gets abusive to her so she could deliver a believable performance. It’s not natural for her hence the limited range.
    Frankly I don’t know if you’re just a pr person, they usually assign one here the way they did with E. Stone. They eventually gave up on that.

    JLaw’s was on tv and did a bunch of stuff but hardly made a blip until the studios got a hold of her and built her up starting with Winter’s Bone. Without studio marketing she would never have gotten far. There are far better actresses working on tv today.

  • Russell Quinn
  • Russell Quinn

    I like to know too but know people are using her comments to bash Christians just check twitter.
    https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=jennifer%20lawrence%20dump%20on%20Christians&src=typd

  • millerz

    I mean she’s pretty and she’s a good actor but I don’t get the hype. I think she’s best at being a celebrity and thats why she has the attention she does.

  • TC_94

    I am a big Jennifer Lawrence fan, and what you say is completely false and biased. She was great even before her collaboration with David O. Russell, watch Winter’s Bone, directed by Debra Granik. She was incredible in that and got her first nomination at age 20. The studios? That was a little indie movie and she was truly amazing in it…which proves your ignorance and the fact you are clearly biased towards her. She is currently working with Darren Aronofsky for her next film…so wait to be proven wrong once again. She is one of the best if not the best actress of her generation and working today.

  • TC_94

    Nice, a stalker… What you all have against someone you haven’t met and will probably never meet boggles my mind. Leave this talented actress alone.

  • FerCat

    ‘big Jennifer Lawrence fan’
    Does that not make you biased?
    My only category for acting is whether the performance is authentic and believable. Fancy camera angles and over the top scenery chewing is just a ploy to compensate for what is lacking. JLaw’s scenery chewing is entertaining though. Subtlety not required.

    Note, I never said she was a bad actress. Overrated yes, bad actress no. She’s above mediocre and she has presence which counts a lot in film. In tv she wouldn’t make it far.

    Studios have their way. Start small, promote then go big.

  • Russell Quinn

    ad hominem arguments don’t come from strength.

  • Russell Quinn

    ad hominem arguments don’t come from strength.

  • Russell Quinn

    ad hominem arguments don’t come from strength.

  • TC_94

    As I said, she will work with Darren Aronofsky soon and if you know him, he wants real great performances from his actors without the help of editing and camera work you are talking about. So you will find out soon who is right. Jennifer Lawrence was amazing in Winter’s Bone, a documentary style film which doesn’t have the element you are talking about…she is the real deal, she gave a true great, raw performance. I’m sorry but your arguments are so wrong and biased…In tv she wouldn’t make it far? Are you kidding me? She started with tv and she was very good in those low cost shows she was in. Again, you will see who is right soon, as she will be working with Aronofsky first and then a certain Steven Spielberg, and probably also a little Tarantino movie on the way…

  • FerCat

    You don’t have proper point of reference to assume that I’m biased.
    Funny people keep mentioning ‘ Winter’s Bone’ instead of her other stuff. Well, most agree that was her best work. She settled on the damaged female character with closed up emotions of late.
    Now for the director’s you’ve mentioned. They specialize in the big Hollywood style films which do require a grandiose/over the top level of performance but often absent of subtlety. Which is exactly in JLaw’s wheelhouse. One can make an entertaining performance without being believable, take Leo, Jolie and Johnny Depp for example.
    For reference of a truly great actress, watch Tatiana Maslany’s Orphan Black. She plays half a dozen characters all distinct, all believable with the kind of subtlety that JLaw could never hope to aspire to.

  • FerCat

    And yeah,” those low cost shows” that no one remembers or recalls her performance. Kinda telling, No?

    You’ll know and recall a great actress in whatever medium she’s in.

  • TC_94

    People still recall her and how funny she was in The Bill Engvall Show…look it up on youtube. She was also in Medium, and in that famous episode of Monk where she played the mascott (her first role)…There are many great actors and actresses who started very young on small TV roles that are hardly remembered. That’s called a ‘first job’. You see that’s how it works, you begin with small roles and slowly transition to movies and bigger roles…

  • TC_94

    People keep mentioning Winter’s Bone because she was only 19 at the time and was already great, while if you mention how great she was in Silver Linings or American Hustle or Joy to one of you haters you will just give the director all the credit or come up with some excuse like ‘her age wasn’t right’… (while the age ‘problem’ should be secondary to great performances, which she gave).
    In Spielberg movies he lets the role command the performance, leaving the actor more freedom (look at DDL in Lincoln…no subtlety right?) and you think performances in Darren Aronfosky’s movies are absent of subtlety?!…now you are just embarrassing yourself. As for Tatiana never heard of her, I’m sure she is a good actress…

  • TC_94

    That is false actually, she didn’t bash Christianity in general as Russell Quinn and some people are saying…she only attacked Kim Davis and those extremists, homophobe fanatics. Since she is an active supporter of the gay community, she was expressing her disappointment in homophobe people like Kim Davis who is also from Kentucky. As a Christian myself, I can see where she is coming from.

  • FerCat

    Daniel Day Lewis no matter who the director is will give an authentic performance. That’s what great actors are. And Aronfosky, have you seen his work lately?

    The fact that you’ve never heard of Tatiana pretty much solidifies my opinion that you have no point of reference for truly great acting.

    I was going to be a JLaw fan after Letterman interview, then I saw her dead eye performance in ‘Silver Linings’. That’s when she lost me and a lot of other people who aren’t fooled by the shiny marketing gimmick.

    Hey, it’s your theater money.

    Cheers. :)

  • TC_94

    Ahaha…”truly great acting”, you sound like Zoolander “really really incredibly good looking”. If you want great acting watch movies like Winter’s Bone and Silver Linings Playbook…yeah, she really lost a lot of people by basically conquering the world with that performance and winning an Oscar, and as Letterman said himself setting a bar for other actresses with that performance. You are really funny. Cheers ;)

  • Glimh

    But Winter’s bone was a small indie film(it wasn’t a studio film), and got her nominated for an Oscar and all the awards in 2011. From that she started to get recognized by producers and directors, and by studio productions. Before that, she was already getting a lot of attention for Winter’s Bone and get Oscar nod. There was no studio marketing there. That started after she got casted for the hunger games.

  • Glimh

    Would they? it was never a popular show to begin with. Doesn’t matter the performances, the show was boring. Period. It’s like her performance in Joy.. Good performance, praised by critics, but the movie was trashed by them, saying not even Law’s great performance could save it.

  • FerCat

    ‘great performance’
    They’re saying that now because she’s already famous and got that Oscar. If those 2 factors weren’t there they’d say nothing of her performance.

  • FerCat

    It’s a starmaker project. Something stealth that they could build on. Nominations require some big backing in order to happen. Once she signed off on that exclusivity and nda contract the machinery started.

    Smoke and mirrors.

  • Glimh

    But they said that about Winter’s Bone and silver lining’s too.. Even for THG first movie

  • Glimh

    Eh, not sure about that.. You’re assuming. Not really an actual fact.

  • FerCat

    Everything about her is assumed. All of it is based on what a bunch of well paid media people say and everyone else just up and bought it hook line and sinker.
    There are no facts. When there’s an absence of true information you look at the things that happened around it. What is not said, what is not happening are signs to. Why she works only with a small core of studios and people.

  • FerCat

    She is competent, lets just say that. At least for this type of roles.
    ‘Look pensive and upset. They’ll think it’s good acting.’
    There is no range.

    After her first Letterman interview, I though she was really funny and amazing. Then I watched Silver Lining and got to that awful diner scene. That was pure amateur hour with dead eyes and wholesale over acting and she won an Oscar for that? Now that gave me a lot of doubts about how this system really works.

    They had auditions for that movie and in truth she was never qualified for that role but it was given to her. A lot of actresses wasted their time on a done deal.