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As the third of the wildly popular Hunger Games movies hits theaters, Jennifer Lawrence has been dealing with the dark side of fame: a far more shocking invasion than the usual paparazzi onslaught.

Talking for the first time about having her intimate private photos hacked—and splashed across the Web—the 24-year-old star tells Sam Kashner about her fear, her anger, and the call to her dad.
u wait for movie stars, but if it's Jennifer Lawrence you don't mind. It's like waiting for a comet to come hurtling into view. She was due to arrive by the pool on the roof of L'Ermitage hotel, in Beverly Hills. When she finally got there, half an hour late, you couldn't help but notice how young and delicate she looked, neither Hunger Games strong nor Silver Linings Playbook sexy, but young. She even breathed young, and in fact it was just before her 24th birthday.

We met on a balmy afternoon in August, two days after Robin Williams's suicide and a day after Lauren Bacall's death, at the age of 89, in New York City. It was a bad week for icons, and Jennifer Lawrence was “feeling dark.” But that seemed anomalous. With the wild popularity of the Hunger Games movies (the first two installments earned more than a billion dollars worldwide) and three Academy Award nominations (she's the youngest actress to have been nominated three times), with a win for best actress (for Silver Linings Playbook), she has indeed arrived like a newly discovered comet, improvidently throwing out heat and light.

Jennifer, whom her friends call Jen, was wearing a blue cotton top and a very short skirt she kept tugging at, saying, “I should have worn pants.” Her knees were scuffed, as if she'd just climbed down from a hickory tree. Her blond hair was cut into a short bob, and she wore round, John Lennon-style sunglasses, which she removed when she sat down to talk. As Raymond Chandler might have said, she has a face like a Sunday picnic.
“I must be nervous. Look at the sweat under my arms,” she said, holding up a long, slender arm to reveal an impressive circle of perspiration on her shirt. It was the kind of thing a guy might do, but then, Jennifer grew up with two older brothers, Ben, now 33, and Blaine, 28.
“Yeah,” she explained, “I'm the baby and the only girl born in my family in 50 years and the only girl born since. My brother just had two boys. My other brother's wife is pregnant. I said to my brother, ‘Dude, get ready. You're going to have a boy.’ Lawrences only make boys. I was a goddamn miracle.”

Girls who grow up with boys are often tomboys, and this clear-eyed daughter of Louisville, Kentucky, is no exception. Funny and explosive as a tagalong sister, she was called “Nitro” by her brothers. The nickname reflected a brash innocence she still has—a quality possessed by only a few movie stars. Louise Brooks had it. Carole Lombard had it. Frances Farmer—all too briefly—had it. Jane Fonda has it. Diane Keaton has it. Jennifer Lawrence was born with it.

Her appeal to men of all ages doesn't need explaining, but she also appeals mightily to young women, because she's unpretentious and spontaneous, and seems genuinely amazed at her celebrity status. She's one of us—a movie-and-celebrity fan. She described being awed when she spied Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt two feet away from her table at a Hollywood event. “They should be king and queen of America,” she told Jimmy Kimmel, when she appeared as a guest on his show. “I would pay taxes to them.”

She loves reality television. Her favorite shows? “Shark Tank. Wait. Oh, Dance Moms—that is a good one! O.K., maybe my favorite is Dance Moms, but I do love my Real Housewives. But there's also—there's Doomsday Preppers. Hoarders is O.K. I find it gets a little boring after a while, but it's great. I love Intervention, New York Housewives—and Beverly Hills, New Jersey, and Atlanta Housewives. I mean, I love them all, but Miami—oh, my God! Miami is really special.”

It sounds as if her fame has put her a bit under house arrest, and it's true, she can no longer move unaccompanied throughout the world, so hounded is she by fans and paparazzi. As she says, “I mean, I have to do my job, and I love my job. Everybody can be like, ‘Well, you knew what you were signing up for,’ but you don't. You expect paparazzi to be annoying. You don't expect them to be terrifying.”

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