Woman of the Week: Jennifer Lawrence

The sultry star shines bright yet again in the final instalment of the wildly successful Hunger Games franchise.

EDGAR staff November 25, 2015

An Oscar winner, the lead in one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time and one of the few bona-fide bankable Hollywood stars around today, at the age of just 25, Jennifer Lawrence has already got an acting CV that most actors twice her age could only dream of.

Lawrence is, of course, best known for her portrayal of rambunctious heroin Katniss Everdeen in the big-budget Hunger Games franchise. But when she signed up for the role some five years ago, she could have had no idea of the scale of success the films would go on to achieve.

“It’s crazy,” Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. “I signed on to these projects when I was 20 years old. I remember being like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to be 25 when I’m finished'. It seemed so far away.”

The fact that the $250 million global opening weekend box-office take of the final film in the series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, was considered a disappointment shows just how wildly successful the franchise has been. In total, it is expected that the series will make in excess of $3 billion.

Of course, The Hunger Games is far from the only feather in Lawrence's cap. She played Mystique in the X-Men series and earned two Academy Award nominations for her roles in 2010 breakout film Winter's Bone as well as American Hustle. Then there's the small matter of her performance in 2012's Silver Linings Playbook, which earned her the Oscar for Best Actress.

Her road to success hasn't been a completely smooth one – the well-publicised nude photos leak scandal was a notable bump in the road – but the way the actress has dealt with whatever life throws at her with such composure, ultimately coming out of the other side stronger, is even more impressive than her gorwing list of acting credits.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is out in UAE cinemas now.