After a two-year break from acting, audiences were pleasantly surprised by her sudden appearance alongside Leo DiCaprio.
Lawrence was perennially one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, having her pick of features and potential awards nominations. But with so many eyes on her, people began picking her apart.
Her last appearance as Mystique in “Dark Phoenix” did not help with her exit from the limelight as her mental health began to wane due to public scrutiny. But as she prepares for a comeback, she reflected on her career with Vanity Fair.
“I was not pumping out the quality that I should have. I just think everybody had gotten sick of me. I’d gotten sick of me. It had just gotten to a point where I couldn’t do anything right. If I walked a red carpet, it was, ‘Why didn’t she run?’… I think that I was people-pleasing for the majority of my life. Working made me feel like nobody could be mad at me: ‘Okay, I said yes, we’re doing it. Nobody’s mad.’ And then I felt like I reached a point where people were not pleased just by my existence. So that kind of shook me out of thinking that work or your career can bring any kind of peace to your soul.”Jennifer Lawrence
It may be hard to understand from a viewer’s perspective, especially when Lawrence’s career skyrocketed from 2012 to 2015. But it happens all too often, especially with an actress that becomes as obsessed-over as she was. Therefore, it’s entirely understandable why Lawrence thought her absence was necessary in order to resurrect her career.
It’ll be nice seeing another familiar face onscreen when “Don’t Look Up” debuts this Christmas, and the actress already has projects lined up after its release. Only time will tell whether Lawrence is truly back on track.
While she may not be as booked as she was back in 2012, Lawrence is definitely taking the right steps to move forward in a more grounded, mentally healthy way.