Jennifer Lawrence’s unconventional journey from blockbusters to squirrel skinning

Jennifer Lawrence, renowned for her versatile acting career and holding the Guinness World Record for ‘Highest-grossing female action movie star,’ has continually demonstrated her prowess in the world of cinema. 

According to Far Out magazine, prior to becoming the iconic Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lawrence starred in Winter’s Bone, directed by Debra Granik. In this film, she portrayed Ree Dolly, who turns to hunting to provide for her family. To make the scenes authentic, Lawrence learned to skin animals in real life.

In an interview with Ciak Magazine, Lawrence humorously noted, “I think I am the only actress alive who knows how to skin a squirrel. But I am happy I know how to do it; it could come in useful later in life. You never know…” Her unwavering dedication to her craft continues to set her apart in the world of Hollywood.

Her journey began in 2007 with a role in the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show, quickly followed by her film debut in Garden Party in 2008, directed by Jason Freeland.

Within a remarkably short span, Lawrence found herself in the spotlight of the X-Men series, The Hunger Games franchise, and the critically acclaimed Silver Linings Playbook, which earned her an Academy Award. Reflecting on her early passion for acting, Lawrence shared with 60 Minutes, “I get this, this is what I was meant to do,” emphasising her unwavering dedication to her craft from a young age.

Her commitment to her roles led to extraordinary feats, such as intense training and diving for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which temporarily impaired her hearing. For her portrayal of Mystique in the X-Men series, Lawrence endured the discomfort of full-body makeup.

However, one role pushed her to acquire an unexpected skill – the art of skinning animals. 

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