1. Lawrence went into modeling before her acting career took off. One of her first gigs was for Abercrombie & Fitch, though she never made it into the catalog. “Which I thought was unbelievable,” Lawrence once joked on Conan. When her agent asked why she didn’t make the cut, the clothing company mailed the shots back, which showed Lawrence committing far too hard while playing football on the shoot. “At one point, [a model screamed] ‘Get her away from me!’”
2. Lawrence grew up on a horse farm in Louisville, Kentucky, where she learned to ride wild horses. “My parents were cheap, so they never bought trained horses,” she told David Letterman in 2011. While she’s extremely skilled at riding, breaking in untrained stallions had its downside: “I have a deformed tailbone, actually, from being thrown off a horse.”
3. Her mother read the book Winter’s Bone and told Lawrence that she would be perfect for the role of its no-nonsense heroine, Ree Dolly. Debra Granik, the writer and director of the film, initially told Lawrence she was too pretty to play the part. To disabuse her of that notion, Lawrence hopped on a red-eye to New York, walked 13 blocks in the snow, and showed up to the audition with a runny nose and hair she hadn’t washed in a week. Her efforts, of course, paid off.
4. Though she fought hard to land Winter’s Bone, Lawrence almost passed on the Hunger Games role. “Just saying yes to this one thing could completely change my life, and I don’t know if it’s going to be for the better,” she said in 2012. Ultimately, Lawrence’s mother once again influenced her decision. “She was like, ‘You’re being a hypocrite, because you always say you don’t care about the size of the movies.’ Because when I was doing indies, everybody was always like, ‘Why don’t you ever do a studio?’ I’d say, ‘Because I don’t care about the size of the movie. I care about the story,’” Lawrence said. “And my mom was like, ‘Now you have a story you like, and you’re not going to do it because of the size.’” It took Lawrence three days to say yes to the role of Katniss Everdeen.
5. In Lawrence’s second Vogue cover story, she revealed the reason for her small hand tattoo. “It’s just H2O, to remind me to drink more water,” she said. “I’ve never had a symbol or a quote that was so important to me that I wanted it tattooed on me. So I was like, I’m going to need to stay hydrated. Forever. It’s very practical.” Unfortunately for JLaw, her tattoo is actually incorrect. “I know the ‘2’ is high, and in H2O the ‘2’ is supposed to be low,” she said. “I should have Googled it before I got it tattooed on my body.”