Jennifer Lawrence isn’t easily intimidate, but she’s a disaster when she meets Viola Davis. “This is the greatest honor of my life,” she says before lavishing her with praise. “Your work in ‘Fences,’ with Denzel Washington, transformed my life,” she recalls Davis’ Oscar-winning performance.
Lawrence and Davis, each in their way, have revolutionized the face of cinema during the last decade.
Today, though, as they gather to discuss their craft, they realize how much they share. Davis and Lawrence are trailblazers who stand at the pinnacle of their business, from stories about the highs and lows of parenthood to taking on an industry that feels male actors are a more valued commodity at the box office.
This year, both actors will be nominate for Oscars for passion projects that they also produced.
Davis “did the weight workout 5 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 3 months at 56” to play Nanisca, the chief of an all-female warrior clan in 1823 West Africa, in “The Woman King.” Likewise, “Causeway,” in which Lawrence plays Lynsey, a soldier who returns to New Orleans after suffering a traumatic brain injury, signals a return to Lawrence’s indie roots.
Jennifer Lawrence says in my opinion, The movie “Woman King” is the greatest I’ve watched this year and in a very long time. I was told a fascinating tale about how it got to you.
Viola Davis says that Maria Bello gave me a prize at Skirball Institute. She had developed a proposal for this movie and was selling it around town, but instead of doing it the typical way, she presented the idea. Everyone would want to watch Viola as “The Woman King,” she remarked. The crowd applauded. A standing ovation was given. “Sit down,” I remember thinking at the time. Simply put, that won’t happen.
Lawrence says: I don’t think I’m worthy of being in the same room as you, but please keep going.
Davis says to Lawrence But, what you bring to your performances is what an actor is meant to provide: vitality. Which is the depth of human experience, its minutiae, its delight, its sorrow, its paradox and contradiction in every moment? And that’s what an actress is meant to do.
Lawrence also says the Davis in her interview When I was working on “X-Men,” it was difficult not to have the impression that the film was “Oh, well, it’s just one of those.” “There’s nowhere to hide when your face is paint blue with scales. I’m in a bad way.”
And also says Lawrence It had a huge duty in “The Hunger Games.” Those novels were enormous, and I understood the intended target was children.
She says Every day as a mother, I feel terrible. I’m feeling guilty. I’m playing with him, wondering, “Is this what he wants to do?” Should we go out? We’ve gone outside. What if he’s freezing? What happens if he gets sick? Should we remain inside? Is this sufficient? Is this enough to build your brain?”
I was driving around with my and didn’t see he wasn’t secure into his car seat. He was just rocking and flying around. That’s fantastic! It’s comforting to know that we all nearly killed our children.
Davis: I adore my daughter above all else. She is my everything. So there you have it.