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20 Ways Jennifer Lawrence Is Owning Life

Off-camera, Jennifer Lawrence stands out as much for her powerful personality as for her versatile movie roles. Her strong statements on issues that affect women set a new standard for responding to the tougher aspects of fame. Whether you're on your way with your career, ready for a change, or just beginning to envision your future, J. Law offers inspiration. She stands up for herself and goes after what she wants in life. What steps can you take to achieve your goals?

Youngest Winner of the Academy Award

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She won it for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook—at age 20.

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She Takes Her Mom's Advice

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It took her three days to say yes to the role of Katniss Everdeen. Lawrence was focused on independent films at the time and hesitated over her Hunger Games offer, but ultimately she heeded some advice from her mom.

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She's a Record Holder

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Jennifer Lawrence made the Guinness World Records as the highest-grossing action-movie heroine for the first two Hunger Games releases, at 1.5 billion dollars.

She's Not Perfect

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She has a deformed tailbone from being thrown by a wild horse, J. Law confided to Vogue.

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She Recognizes Her Flaws

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"Last night I spilled red wine all over the rug. All I want to be able to do is just walk from one place to another without falling!" she told Glamour. She denies the rumor that her famed red carpet falls were intentional.

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She Made It on Talent

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The actress is a dropout whose formal education ended partway through eighth grade.

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She Enjoys Classic Literature

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Actor Donald Sutherland, her Hunger Games antagonist, gave her a collection of classics. "East of Eden, I love it so much, but there's a part of me that thinks it shouldn't be a movie. The beauty is in the writing," she told Vogue in her December 2015 interview.

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She's the Highest-Paid Actress in the World

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J. Law earned $52 million in 2015. She ranks as #5 in Vogue's list of highest-paid celebs under 30, behind Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. Forbes ranked Jennifer at #34 on its 2015 Celebrity 100 Earnings list.

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Her Youth Doesn't Define Her

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Despite some flak from critics, the mid-20s performer nails portrayals of mature women, including her recent mid-30s role in Joy.

She Speaks Out about Gender Inequality

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She brought attention to the Hollywood pay gap, pointing out that male actors make millions more per year than their equally talented female counterparts.

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She Has Business Smarts

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Like other savvy women in entertainment, the actress has diversified her income sources. She has a high-paying contract with Dior and a signature fragrance line.

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She Embraces Transformation

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Her platinum blonde bob created shock waves of attention, but Jennifer has never been shy about playing with her hairstyles.

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She Set a New Standard for Respecting Privacy

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About the hacking of her nude photos, she told Vanity Fair: "It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It's disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change." Her reaction countered the common treatment of women as objects of scandal who should be ashamed of themselves. If someone harms or tries to exploit you, look for ways to keep your power and get support.

The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Helps Many Charities

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Those benefited include Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Special Olympics.

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She's Selective about Men

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The dynamic actress embraces being single, although she says men don't ask her out. She's willing to hold out for marriage until she finds the right man and jokes that her hymen has grown back.

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She Has Courage

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The star spoke out about Planned Parenthood in the wake of recent shootings. She described to Glamour how their services helped her become "a successful woman without a pregnancy."

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She Sets Goals and Works toward Them

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Her first director was a woman, and Jennifer Lawrence has spent seven years learning all she can from her directors. Her directorial debut will be Project Delirium, a film dealing with 1960s experiments in chemical warfare.

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She Wishes for Time Off from Fame

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You knew there was a downside to all this money, popularity, and achievement, right? She admitted to Glamour she'd like a break from people photographing her and being outside her house.

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She's Direct and Funny

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The young celebrity shoots from the hip with a tough and endearing style that makes her quotable. As funny as she is off-screen, fans can expect great things from her movie project with the equally hilarious Amy Schumer.

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Chris Pratt Is Her New Costar

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If you didn't already wish you were Jennifer Lawrence, her love scenes with Pratt might inspire you. She gets some serious face time with the handsome actor in Passengers.

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