The Jennifer Lawrence interview, by Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey barely knew Jennifer Lawrence when the actress called and said she'd like to meet and then on Oct. 5 drove to see Winfrey at her Montecito, California, home. "I was excited to have lunch, and we were just like 'girls in the garden,'" says Winfrey. "We probably talked for three and a half hours about life and fame and growing up and money and management and taking care of yourself and spirituality and philosophy. We drank rosé, and we laughed, and we talked about everything."

Almost everything. One thing they didn't discuss was Harvey Weinstein, whose history of harassment and assault exploded into view that day, when The New York Times first detailed it. But Weinstein became a focal point of the two women's conversation a few weeks later, when THR asked Winfrey, 63, to interview Lawrence for this Women in Entertainment issue. That was shortly before the 27-year-old actress was to receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at THR's annual Power 100 breakfast, an award Winfrey received in 2013.

Since their first meeting, the new friends have been texting back and forth. "I sent her a copy of Wisdom of Sundays and, before that, Power of Now and A New Earth," notes Winfrey. "What resonates with me is that, when you are talking to her, what you're seeing is the real thing. You're not seeing any pretense. She's asking all the right questions: 'How can I be used? How can I use this moment for something bigger than myself?'"

Lawrence grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and was propelled to fame with 2010's Winter's Bone. The Hunger Games made her a global superstar, along with roles in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and the X-Men series. But it's not so much her stardom and four Oscar nominations (with a win for Silver Linings) that make her the perfect recipient of the Lansing award; it's also her nonprofit endeavors. She's been tireless in supporting Kentucky charities and those that help children in particular.

That's one reason why Winfrey was so impressed by "how much light [Lawrence] carries. Capital L, capital Light. You can feel there's a strong intelligence and a desire to use this moment for something greater than fame and fortune."

OPRAH WINFREY I read this wonderful book by Elizabeth Strout [Anything Is Possible]. And in it, she was speaking about one of the characters who was so embittered and regretful, and the line she used was, "because her life did not turn out the way she had expected." Is your life what you expected?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE When I started acting, I was totally satisfied when I was on a sitcom because I had a steady paycheck. And I was like, "Maybe I can just find a way to be on sitcoms forever." I was totally satisfied and good. I never dreamed that I could have this kind of career.

When you dreamed the dream, what did the dream look like? I used to drive home from church with my father past rich white people's houses — we'd be the last to leave our little church yard, and he'd be in this big, old, green Oldsmobile that I was embarrassed to be in — and I'd pick houses that I dreamed about living in, and that was a big dream for me: I'd have a house, I'd be able to pay my bills, I'd have two cars in the driveway.

I used to do that, too. I remember driving by big, beautiful houses, but I always dreamed of being there with my parents. I never imagined I'd be able to own something like that on my own. I thought for a while maybe I could be an interior designer — that was the only job I knew about because my mom was friends with an interior designer. I was mostly just focused on a family when I was little. I would have never thought I'd be so career-focused. It's not something I knew about myself until I started becoming successful, and then I wanted to become more successful. I'd make a great movie, and then I'd want to make more great movies; I'd make money, I'd want to make more money. It was a mind-set I wasn't ever aware I had until my early 20s.

And then, by the time you're 27, you've got [an Oscar]. By the time you've gotten four [nominations], does it come with —

Fear. You're immediately hit with fear. Or at least I was. I had been climbing and working and fighting, and I remember last year just getting hit with fear. All of a sudden it was, "They're going to get sick of me." That's when all my insecurity came. I've been probably more insecure after last year, and I don't know if that's just a feeling of: I've got more to lose, I have more people to disappoint. I don't know how to explain it.

When [mother! was] not [well received], [was that] disappointing?

I read Twitter, and I was looking for bad mother! things. It was horrible. It was really bad. I loved this so much, and it just broke my heart, especially for Darren [Aronofsky, the film's writer-director and Lawrence's ex] because he loved this person. And any time you're in a relationship, their pain is your pain.

You're trolling for bad news?!

I didn't know that's what I was doing. I don't know how to look up these things. I started twittering "mother!" 'cause I didn't know how else to get news, and that was really bad.

How do you choose what you're going to do next?

It's chemistry. It's like meeting a boyfriend. Red Sparrow [March] was sexual, and I haven't done anything sexy or sexual. I've been afraid of that since 2014, when I got my pictures hacked. I just thought, "I'll never do that again. I'll never share that part of myself ever since it got shared against my will." And then when I said yes to Red Sparrow, I felt I was taking something back.

When your pictures got exploited that way, did it feel like you'd been robbed? Like you came home and your whole house had been invaded?

I would much prefer my whole house to have been invaded. That's what's so scary about electronic [things]. I have such fear with my phone and my computer and electronics. It's taking somebody's intellectual property but also my body. It was violating on a sexual level.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'mother!' New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'mother!' New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'mother!' New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of 'mother!' at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of 'mother!' at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'mother!' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Merritt/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'mother!' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Merritt/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Jennifer Lawrence on the carpet. ED NOTE: THE DISTORTIONS ARE CAUSED BY MULTIPLE FLASH CAPTURE, AND SOME CAMERA MOVEMENT). TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) red carpet outside Princess of Wales theatre for the screening of MOTHER, directed by Darren Aronofsky and cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Ed Harris. Toronto Star/Rick Madonik (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'mother!' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 07: Jennifer Lawrence attends the French Premiere of 'mother!' at Cinema UGC Normandie on September 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the French Premiere of 'mother!' at Cinema UGC Normandie on September 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the French Premiere of 'mother!' at Cinema UGC Normandie on September 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the French Premiere of 'mother!' at Cinema UGC Normandie on September 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the UK Premiere of 'Mother!' at the Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the UK Premiere of 'mother!' at the Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England.(Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the UK film premiere of Mother! in London, England on September 06, 2017. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence, hair detail, walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence attends the Gala Screening and World Premiere of 'mother!' during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Matteo Chinellato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walk the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
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What's the best advice you've been given?

It was probably by you. You just said it under your breath. You were talking, and then under your breath you said, "You have to teach somebody how to treat you." That's the smartest thing I've ever heard.

That was a fun lunch. You know what was amazing about that lunch? The Harvey Weinstein story had broken that day or the day before. And I meant to bring it up and then I didn't.

I don't know a woman who hasn't been touched by some sort of abuse. I'm sad by the women's stories, but I'm excited by the change that's going to come from it. The rule book is being rewritten right now. People are terrified. I mean, specifically, men using their power to abuse women. But I was abused by a woman on a movie. [In October, Lawrence said a female producer had once asked her to "do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me. And we all stood side by side with only paste-ons covering our privates." She did not name the producer or the film.] There was a general consensus on [that] movie that I was fat, and so it wasn't just the woman. Everybody agreed that I was fat. And she had to be the mouthpiece.

That was where you were asked to lose 15 pounds —

— in two weeks.

And then someone said you were already —

— that I was already f--kable. And I had to do a nude lineup. It was abusive. I mean, it wasn't sexually abusive, but —

It was abusive.

I've talked to women. We've talked about forming a commission. It's just so sad because every actor, when you're starting out, there's really not a lot of options. On that movie, I called my agent, and I called everybody. It's like, there's not really anything anybody can do because the behavior is so normalized. And then you become more powerful, and people start fucking with you less. People at the beginning of their careers don't want to rock the boat because if you rock the boat, you'll be called difficult. How can there be rules in place where there are certain ways that you just cannot treat people? Or a commission, somebody that they can call? If every A-list actor decides to join this commission, we know everybody in the industry. I know every studio head in town. If I'm on this commission, and [if] I get an email about somebody being treated badly on a set, I can send an email. We have to all put our heads together and figure out how to not let this moment go, not just be like, "Oh, well, that was crazy." Something has to really get done.

I feel it happening. But you were rocking the boat several years ago when you came out talking about the differences in pay for men and women doing the same job.

I felt this frustration that women in every field felt, which was: I'm trying to negotiate, and we're going through the numbers, and I'm seeing that the numbers aren't adding up, and it's like you just keep hitting a wall where you can't get paid more, [and] if you ask for more, we'll hire somebody else, and the whole movie will fall apart. They'd rather pull a whole movie apart than pay me fairly. And when the Sony hack happened, I was like, "You know what? Fuck it. I'm not the only woman who's going through this. If everybody's looking at it anyway and everybody's talking about it ...;" I didn't see an option other than saying something. I had just had it up to my fucking eyeballs.

So you were emboldened in that moment. And this now, the Weinstein moment, has also emboldened a lot of women. I was on the set with some other actresses, and everybody was behaving in a way that felt like PTSD.

There was this moment when all of this broke out and everybody was silent, and then all of a sudden, every actress' Twitter was blowing up with, "You need to come forward and you need to say something and you need to condemn!" Which is true: We do have a responsibility to say something; we've all worked with him, but everybody needed a moment. Just speaking for myself, I had known him since I was 20, and he had only ever been nice to me — except for the moments that he wasn't, and then I called him an asshole, and we moved on. He was paternal to me. So I needed a moment to process everything because I thought I knew this guy, and then he's being accused of rape. We all knew he was a dog, we knew that he was a —

A brute?

A tough guy, a brute, a tough guy to negotiate with. I didn't know that he was a rapist. And it's so widespread, the abuse, from so many different people — it's directors, it's producers — that I think everybody needed to [process it]. Everybody needs to deal with this in their own way; everybody needs to heal.

Has there been a woman's or a man's story that stood out for you among all the stories of harassment?

No. They are all horrible, and not one is more horrifying than the next. But being able to hear when the woman wore the microphone and Harvey was telling her to watch him shower — I felt sick in my bones for an entire day. I was just sick. I was just like, "I can't," after hearing that. And that's why it's so important to talk about abuse, all of the different forms of abuse, because he didn't lay a finger on her, and I felt chilled to my bones. Imagine having a man who is that powerful telling you to do something [and] you're saying no. [He's] threatening you, saying, "Don't embarrass me. We're at this hotel."

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Oprah is radiant in a red gown at the Legends Ball.

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We love Oprah’s patterned gown at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscars Party.

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Oprah and First Lady Michelle Obama. (I can’t be the only person just dying to sit at this table with them!)

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Oprah, never one to shy away from color, dazzles in red.

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First Anniversary Party for O Magazine, Oprah rocks lime green.

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Oprah wears a great scarf to the Oxygen 2nd Anniversary Party.

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Oprah at the 2004 Academy Awards in a lovely metallic gown.

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Halle Berry and Oprah pose at the 77th Annual Academy Awards. Oprah is stunning in a pale gold gown.

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Oprah rocks a white suit to the premiere of her movie

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Oprah is radiant in a red gown at the Legends Ball.

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Oprah attends the Tony Awards in a belted navy gown.

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Oprah makes red her color, wearing it again to the Primetime Emmys in 2008.

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Oprah looks absolutely beautiful in this dark blue gown at the 82nd Academy Awards.

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Though most often in black or brighter colors, we love this neutral outfit on Oprah.

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Surprise Oprah! At the Farewell Spectacular event, Oprah wore a long purple gown.

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In a gorgeous green gown, Oprah attends the 3rd Annual Diane Von Furstenberg Awards.

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The implication is that if you won't give up five minutes of your time, you're going to lose your career.

Then you're done.

Last question on this subject: With all of these women and men coming forward, what ultimately would be the best result?

Social change. Men need more social awareness. But this comes down to equality, and until all women in every job are paid equally for the same amount of work, how are we ever going to be thought of as equals? As long as there is one group of humans that is overruling another one, there's going to be abuse, [and] why would we be thought of as equals? ...; My political passion has almost turned into an obsession. I mean, I don't think you ever do feel settled, [but] as soon as you feel settled with your home and your personal life, you're looking at the world and going, "How in the hell do I fix this? What do we do?"

Have you met Trump?

No, never.

Do you want to?

I think so. I've got a pretty good speech. And it ends with a martini to the face. (Laughter.) I have something to say for all of them. I watch different characters on the news, and I'm like, "You just wait."

If that moment comes, you would be prepared?

Oh, I would, definitely. Oh, my God, I've been waiting for this moment. I'll give you a hint — it's not nice. You wouldn't want me to say it to you.

You are politically frustrated — we talked about that at lunch. This moment is a moment that forces us all to show up. So how will you show up?

I've started with simply trying to raise money for the organiza­tion [Represent.Us] that I'm on the board of directors of. And then I'm going to go on campus tours. I want to be talking to high schoolers and college students. I want to travel around to the areas I'm from so that people realize that corruption is a completely nonpartisan issue. And we want to hold a press conference where the only people who are asking the questions are the high schoolers and the college students. I would [also] love to help pass a bundle of laws [against government corruption]. We'd be able to pass state-by-state legislation to help [stop] corruption in our government. I would love to pass laws that help celebrity parents be able to take their kids to places without having to worry about paparazzi.

How do you create a personal life?

It's really not hard. People imagine my life being [different]. It's actually pretty normal. I drove myself to the laser hair removal today. (Laughter.) I have always been a homebody. My social life has always been very boring: I sit around outside my house with my friends and drink wine, and that hasn't really changed. I don't really like to go out. I have friends who come and visit me when I'm on sets. It's just annoying because you have to work 13-, 14-hour days. So sometimes it's not nice to have my friends there, just because I feel bad and I have to work. I actually have the most amazing neighborhood tribe. My neighborhood is like a village. The women are sharing breast milk. Zoe Saldana just came and got an onion from me [the other day]. Cameron Diaz and I went on a hike [recently].

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Really? People are borrowing onions? Nobody borrows sugar anymore. It's like, "May I have an onion and some kale?"

(Laughter.) Exactly. I made chicken broth.

People who really know you use what adjectives to describe you?

Crazy. Honest. I'm sure everybody would agree that I am honest and loyal, but they would also all agree that I'm crazy. Committed. Most of my friends are married, and I'm still over at their house every night like we're all married, all three of us. So the commitment is strong.

Three people you'd like to have at a dinner party, living or dead?

Scott Disick [from Keeping Up With the Kardashians], Luann from Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny Frankel. And I'm not proud of that, but that's what comes from my heart.

If you had a seance, who would you want to contact?

A seance? Oh, no! I just thought about friends. Abraham Lincoln. I'd ask him to be president, I'd ask him to run. I guess you'd ask him, "How did you face such opposition so bravely?" And then he'll say, "Well, I got shot in the head for it, Jennifer."

Are you more traditional or more modern?

My house is probably the exact blend of both. Probably leaning a little bit more traditional. I'm infatuated with my house. I don't even like L.A., I just like my house here, and I don't ever really leave. But it never feels done.

Do you have a favorite possession?

No. I'm the opposite of a hoarder. I don't hang on to enough stuff. I mean, my most prized possession, my most cherished thing in the world, is my one and only daughter, Pippi [her dog].

A favorite quote?

My favorite quote that's going on my tombstone, and I wrote this myself, probably stoned, is: "I definitely shouldn't have done it, but I am at peace with knowing that I couldn't not." That started over me sending dub smashes — they're like jokey videos — to Robert De Niro, who was fully not getting it. And the more he wasn't getting it, the funnier I thought it was, and I kept leaning into it. I shouldn't have done it, but I'm at peace with knowing that I couldn't not. (Laughter.)

Fill in this blank. Twenty years from now, the world will be ...

Fair. (Laughs.) No, it'll be a carnival. It'll be a big zoo. Fair. That covers hunger, it covers a lot of bases.

Twenty years from now, I will be ...

I won't have periods anymore. That's a bonus.

Yeah, you will.

Fuck.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actors Bradley Cooper (L) and Jennifer Lawrence attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage) 23116_013_1181.jpg
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend the after party of a screening of 'Serena' hosted by Magnolia Pictures And The Cinema Society With Dior Beauty on March 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a screening of 'Serena' hosted by Magnolia Pictures and The Cinema Society with Dior Beauty on March 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a screening of 'Serena' hosted by Magnolia Pictures and The Cinema Society with Dior Beauty on March 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: Actor Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a screening of 'Serena' hosted by Magnolia Pictures and the Cinema Society with Dior Beauty on March 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Jennifer Lawrence and actor Bradley Cooper attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
(FROM LEFT): Actors Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who won in Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for 'American Hustle', pose in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Actors Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Bradley Cooper with Moet & Chandon At The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: (L-R) Actors Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner speak on a panel at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on December 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Actors Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Gloria Cooper arrive at the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actors Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Bradley Cooper attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/WireImage) 
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actors Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Bradley Cooper attend the 13th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 11, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Producer Jonathan Gordon, actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a special screening of 'Silver Linings Playbook' presented by The Weinstein Company sponsored by Grey Goose and Lexus at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on November 19, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend a special screening of 'Silver Linings Playbook' presented by The Weinstein Company sponsored by Grey Goose and Lexus at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on November 19, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper attend the 'Silver Linings Playbook' Premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: (L-R) Filmmaker David O. Russell, Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Actor/ Executive Producer Bradley Cooper attend the 'Silver Linings Playbook' premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festiva at Roy Thomson Halll on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Terry Rice/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2012 Installation Luncheon held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence attend the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2012 Installation Luncheon held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
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Do you have a favorite joke?

This one New Yorker cartoon really got me. This man was at his mother's funeral, and it was just a cartoon of him at the pulpit, and he said, "Mother wouldn't have wanted us to feel sad, she would've wanted us to feel guilty." (Laughter.)

What's the lesson that has taken you the longest to learn?

I'm still learning to slow down. My thoughts are so gigantic. I go from one small idea to 40 years from now, and I overthink everything, and nothing actually gets done. Worrying does nothing. So living in the moment and taking everything step by step is something I have not mastered. I am still working at it.

The lesson you would want to teach your younger self is ...?

I would probably just say, "Calm the fuck down." I would get so nervous. I was 21, going through world press tours, and it's just embarrassing. You don't want to see yourself at 21 being ridiculous.

How do you ground yourself, center yourself?

I don't know if I've gotten there yet. I don't know if I do.

Are you happy?

Yes.

Are you fulfilled?

Yes. Not all the time, but overall, yeah.

Are you religious, spiritual or both?

Neither. I guess I am spiritual. I'm not religious. I grew up very religious. I have a religious family, but I don't believe in anything. I wouldn't call myself an atheist. I just believe in that thing, that something, whatever it is, that I do believe in. I don't think it identifies as a man. To argue over what it is is ridiculous because none of us have the answer. I pray, it's just I'm not praying to anybody specific. I grew up praying every night before bed, so I still sometimes do that, and it's a good checking-in time. But I was in a plane that had double-engine failure, and I was praying to God.

Whether you believe in Him or not. (Laughter.)

Whether I believe in Him or not! I was like, "I don't know if you're out there, but if you are, please, please [save] the airplane."

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Why THR Chose Jennifer Lawrence as This Year's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award Recipient

From the very start of her career, the 27-year-old Oscar-winning actress has demonstrated fierce commitment to fairness and opportunity in Hollywood and beyond. — by Brian Porreca

On Dec. 6, at THR's Women in Entertainment Breakfast, the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award — previously bestowed upon such industry vets as Barbra Streisand, Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey and Jane Fonda — will go to an actress born the year Ghost came out. But then Lawrence has accomplished more than most in her 27 years: She's won an Oscar, headlined her own billion-dollar franchise and led the debate on pay equity. She has also become one of Hollywood's most active philanthropists.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Jennifer Lawrence seen out in Manhattan in a see through top and blazer on May 14, 2016 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Jennifer Lawrence speaks onstage at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards hosted by Ketel One Vodka at the Waldorf-Astoria on May 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Ketel One)
Girl Meets Boa: #JenniferLawrence, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for Vanity Fair. Pick up the March 2015 issue for the full Spotlight.
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' - Los Angeles Premiere at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been converted from color to B/W). Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Premiere of Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Jennifer Lawrence arrives to 'Late Show With David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on November 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK NY - NOVEMBER 13: Jennifer Lawrence sighting on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Jennifer Lawrence speaks onstage at ELLE's 21st Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for ELLE)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere for 'Serena' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Vue West End on October 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere for 'Serena' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Vue West End on October 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Jennifer Lawrence attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Jennifer Lawrence attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Jennifer Lawrence arrives to ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Jennifer Lawrence attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: (L-R) Actor Nicholas Hoult, actress Jennifer Lawrence and actor Michael Fassbender speak at the 20th Century Fox 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' panel during Comic-Con International 2013 at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: (L-R) Actors Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult speak at the 20th Century Fox panel during Comic-Con International 2013 at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
MONACO - MAY 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Actors Nicholas Hoult (L) and Jennifer Lawrence attend a cocktail reception during Amber Lounge Fashion Monaco 2012 at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel on May 25, 2012 in Monaco, Monaco (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Actress Jennifer Lawrence (C) and Chris Martin (background)attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA- NOVEMBER 18: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jena Malone attend the 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 7: Chief Executive at Dior Sidney Toledano with Actress Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dior day 2 of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014, on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 7: Actress Jennifer Lawrence wearing Dior day 2 of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014, on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Jennifer Lawrence attends Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actresses Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Lupita Nyong'o attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jennifer Lawrence (R) arrive at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Director David O. Russell arrive at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actresses Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Lupita Nyong'o attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: (L-R) Actors Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner attend the 'American Hustle' cast photocall at Crosby Street Hotel on December 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Jennifer Lawrence attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actress in 'American Hustle' Jennifer Lawrence arrives on the red carpet for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015. Held at Musee Rodin on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Dufour/French Select/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actresses Jennifer Lawrence (L) and Elizabeth Banks attend the premiere of Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Fan Chelsea Boyce (L) takes a Wide Angle Selfie with actress Jennifer Lawrence using the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Samsung)
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SOCIAL JUSTICE

Early in her career, she began giving back alongside her Hunger Games co-stars to causes including the United Nations World Food Program. And when her star shot up, she started the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation. While it helps a variety of organizations, there is a focus on those supporting youth and children: the Boys and Girls Club, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Kids Cancer Alliance, Uspiritus, St. Mary's Center and West End Boys School, among others. Most recently, she joined the board of Represent.Us, the nation's largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign.

HOMETOWN HERO

In 2016, the Oscar winner and four-time nominee donated $2 million to create the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children's Hospital in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. She also created the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund, which has funded more than $1 million toward arts education in Louisville. In November, the fund provided $100,000 in grants, including $50,000 for the city's renowned Actors Theatre of Louisville.

HOLLYWOOD EQUITY

It was the hack heard round the world in 2014, and for Lawrence, Sony emails revealed that she and Amy Adams were paid less than their male co-stars in American Hustle. After that, she negotiated hard with the studio for her $20 million payday (more than Chris Pratt's) in Passengers. In 2015, she became a leading voice on the issue of pay parity when she shared her experience in an essay — "Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?" — for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter. "When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn't get mad at Sony," Lawrence wrote. "I got mad at myself."

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