Jennifer Lawrence Explains Why You'll Never See Her Acting On The Stage

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Jennifer Lawrence is an Oscar-winning actor, who's known for her stellar performances in films such as Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games and Joy.

But, despite her super stardom status and impressive number of award nominations and accolades, the 32-year-old thinks she'd be 'terrible' as a theatre performer, blaming her voice and 'stage fright'.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Front Row about a future as a theatre actor, she admitted: 'I truly think it would be terrible.'

'I'm not in touch with my voice. I'm scared, I have horrible stage fright. So I might not even be able to use my voice.'

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Lawrence, whose breakthrough role came in 2010 when she starred as a poverty-stricken teenager in the independent mystery drama Winter's Bone, compared the idea of performing in a theatre over a consecutive period to 'doing take 10,000' of a film.

'The more I rehearse something, the more I get upset. I would be like, "Oh let's just try something new",' she said.

Lawrence's latest film, Causeway, directed by Lila Neugebauer, sees a US soldier suffering a traumatic brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan. It's the first film made by the actor's production company, Excellent Cadaver, which was founded in 2018 and has enabled the actor to be 'more personal' in her work choices.

'In my 20s I was in a lot of franchises, such as The Hunger Games,' she said.

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'There was a lot of people in the room deciding what [her character] Katniss does next. I feel like becoming less of a commodity has actually given me a lot more freedom to make what I want to make, with the people I want to make it. Now I feel less confused and I feel a lot more in control.'

Lawrence, who took a brief acting hiatus before her 2021 film Don't Look Up, told Variety last month that she thinks she 'lost control' of her career after starring in the first Hunger Games film.

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'I think I lost a sense of control. Between The Hunger Games coming out and winning the Oscar [for Silver Linings Playbook],' she admitted. 'I became such a commodity that I felt like every decision was a big, big group decision. When I reflect now, I can’t think of those following years, [because there was] just a loss of control.'

The star, who became a first-time mum earlier this year after welcoming a baby with hr husband Cooke Maroney, also recently spoke about how life has changed since becoming a mother.

In a September interview with Vogue, she said: 'The morning after I gave birth, I felt like my whole life had started over.

'Like, "Now is day one of my life." I just stared. I was just so in love.'

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