Lawrence’s real home “broke” while she was away—a madcap story involving crystals and . “And I was like, ‘Please get rid of these; I don’t want people to come over here and think I’m a crystal person.’ ”“But everyone told me, ‘You can’t do that. You have to have the crystal lady who put them in move them. Lawrence praises Grande’s take as “spot-fucking-on”—even if she takes issue with the notion that she’s ever described herself as a “regular person.”“That’s what other people have said,” she says. well, let Lawrence tell it:“When I first moved in, the house was crystalled out—crystals everywhere, and geodes,” she explains. “You can’t go wrong being yourself, as cheesy as that might sound.”Lawrence’s normality is one of her signatures, so much so that the singer Ariana Grande spoofed it on a “Celebrity Family Feud” sketch with an impression (“They told me not to do a game show, but I was like, ‘Screw it, I can have fun, I’m a regular person’ ”).(OK: It is not about sea horses from outer space who take over the White House.)The public’s first clue as to what lurks inside is an unsettling, multilayered film in which Lawrence gives a devastatingly beautiful performance that is equal parts vulnerability and rage and unlike anything she’s done before.The film jarred me for days after I saw it, and I want——to see it again. but also works on an allegorical plane, too,” the soft-spoken director tells me in a New York City editing suite in early summer. And this booze cost only .99, I tell her.“Wow,” she says, deadpan. I’m going to save it for company.”A few days prior, Lawrence had visited with the acclaimed American painter John Currin for the work that appears opposite. “He took photos, and posed me like one of those French girls. At 26, Lawrence is already one of the most successful and exalted actors on the planet. “This is delicious,” Lawrence says, pulling a blanket over her sweater and wide-leg Zimmermann pants. She almost never does this: sit around, watch the fire, do not much of anything. And then my fucking house flooded.”“I hate crystals,” Lawrence says. There’s not much evidence Lawrence is living here, other than an oil painting of her dog, Pippi, over the fireplace. ) who falls in love with a CIA agent played by Joel Edgerton.
Having your privacy violated constantly isn’t a problem if you’re perfect. When my publicist calls me, I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, what is it? I’m always waiting to get blindsided again.”This is now an insta-judgment Instagram world, of course.I don’t know how he felt about me.”We’ve finished our hour in sensory-deprivation tanks and have stopped for a cup of coffee up the street.Lawrence says her tank experience was mostly positive until the end, when she realized she’d spun herself around and couldn’t find the hatch opening, and had a brief moment of panic until she located it and got out. “But other than that, I had a lovely time.”The truth is, she can’t stop thinking about She’d sat with Aronofsky and watched it just a couple of hours before.She’d gone in bracing for the darkness but was taken with how beautiful she found it.“When I saw the movie, I was reminded all over again how brilliant he is,” she says of Aronofsky.“For the past year, I’ve been dealing with him as just a human.” She praises Aronofsky as an “amazing father” (the director has a son from a prior relationship with the actress Rachel Weisz) and for his directness of purpose.
“I normally don’t like Harvard people, because they can’t go two minutes without mentioning that they went to Harvard,” she says.