Lawrence is nominated for Best Actress at the 83rd Academy Awards for portraying Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone.
I didn’t really feel anything at first and then when I was looking at the TV and I heard my name and saw my face on the television screen, I just kind of snapped. All my friends and family started jumping up around me and started screaming so I followed suit and started screaming.
Lawrence stars in the film Winter’s Bone as Ree, a girl trying to hunt down her father and keep her family together. The role was very important to Lawrence:
I’d have walked on hot coals to get the part. I thought it was the best female role I’d read – ever. I was so impressed by Ree’s tenacity and that she didn’t take no for an answer. For the audition, I had to fly on the redeye to New York and be as ugly as possible. I didn’t wash my hair for a week, I had no makeup on. I looked beat up in there. I think I had icicles hanging from my eyebrows.
Lawrence stars in the film, The Burning Plain, as Mariana. The film chronicles the relationship of a mother and daughter which ultimately ends when Lawrence’s character accidentally blows up a trailer that her mother is inside. The film then follows her life after that incident.
Lawrence stars in the film, The Poker House as a girl named Agnes. She plays the daughter of a prostitute and tries desperately to lead a normal life herself while being pushed away by her mother for reasons that she doesn’t understand.
Lawrence plays Tiff in the film, Garden Party. She is the friend of the main character, April, who turns to Tiff for help when she is facing the threat of homelessness.
Lawrence appears in the film, Not Another High School Show as a ‘frantic girl.’ The film is a parody of popular teen dramas like, Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson’s Creek, and Laguna Beach.
Lawrence plays Lauren Pearson on the television show, The Bill Engvall Show. Lauren is the daughter of Bill Pearson, a therapist and has two younger brothers. She appears in 31 episodes.
Lawrence plays Abby Bradford, in an episode of the television show, Cold Case entitled, A Dollar, a Dream. Her character is the daughter of a woman who’s body was found in a lake.
Lawrence plays two different roles in two different episodes of the television mystery show, Medium. In the episode entitled, But for the Grace of God, she plays a younger version of the main character Allison. In the episode entitled, Mother’s Little Helper, she plays a character named Claire Chase.
Lawrence plays the mascot in an episode of Monk entitled, Mr. Monk and the Big Game.
It was really exciting, but it is also tied to the most humiliating thing in my entire life… Everybody watched it after I told them that I’m going to have this great huge part, and I was just the Mascot.
In order to pursue acting, Lawrence graduates from Ballard High School two years early with an average GPA of 3.9. Though because of the traveling to and from New York City, she had to take many of her classes online.
Lawrence plays Caitlin in the TV movie pilot, Company Town. She plays the daughter of a government agent, living in a neighborhood with many other government agents and their families. The film is unreleased.
Lawrence is born to Karen and Gary Lawrence in Louisville, Kentucky. She has two brothers, Ben and Blaine, whom she is always telling stories about from when the three of them were kids. Her parents have also stated that when she was younger, she used to watch a lot of television, but not as a normal child would, but she would get up on her knees and really study what was happening on the screen. They believe that that was were she honed her skills to become an actress.
In seventh grade, Lawrence was voted as “Most Talkative”.