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Saturday 29 November 2014

Lawrence: I don’t worry about bullies

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends a screening of The Weinstein Company's
Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t worry about being bullied in Hollywood after enduring years of taunts at the hands of cruel classmates.

The 22-year-old actress is having the last laugh with her best actress Oscar win for Silver Linings Playbook.

But before her meteoric rise to fame Jennifer admits she was just another kid teased by a gang of mean girls.

“I changed schools a lot when I was in elementary school because some girls were mean,” she told UK newspaper The Sun.

“They were less mean in middle school, because I was doing all right, although this one girl gave me invitations to hand out to her birthday party that I wasn’t invited to," she confessed.

Looking back now Jennifer sees it was all a big lesson.

Now that she’s on her way to becoming a Hollywood heavyweight she doesn’t worry about taking jibes from anyone.

“Don’t worry about the b**ches - that could be a good motto, because you come across people like that throughout your life,” Jennifer mused.

Now she’s focused on carving out a career of diverse roles. That means not taking on anything she doesn’t think is a good fit, regardless of pressure from agents, producers or studio bosses.

“It’s hard for a young woman because typically the roles you’re offered are beautiful and b**chy, ugly and nice or pretty and stupid. I’ve been lucky to stay away from that,” Jennifer explained.

Now more than ever she’s careful about selecting the people she surrounds herself with.

Jennifer does her best to keep her distance from “yes” people by staying focused on the work.

“My life isn’t really in Hollywood, so unless I’m working I don’t go to those parties,” Jennifer said.

“Seeing everybody suck up to you and treating you differently - you just can’t let it affect you.”

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