Two years ago I interviewed a burgeoning actress who impressed me because, though she was very young and knock 'em dead gorgeous, she had her head screwed on surprisingly well.
The 19-year-old Kentucky girl had just put in a fantastic performance in the dark, powerful indie film Winter's Bone and appeared to have a self-awareness and artistic ambition way beyond the ken of her teen movie peers.
She told me she was sick of Hollywood's lack of imagination or faith when it came to young female actresses: "You can either be ugly and smart or pretty and dumb, or ugly and nice or pretty and mean," she snorted. And though she was aware of how easy it might be to simply cash in on her honey blonde good looks and enviable figure, she was determined to make more challenging, thoughtful films.
Still, I thought after I left the room, when the big bucks get dangled in front of her will she really be able to resist becoming Megan Fox?
Well Jennifer Lawrence is now one of the biggest film stars in the world. Her latest film, The Hunger Games, has broken global box office records. And she didn't play dumb or even blonde to do it. The film isn't a knucklehead blockbuster, it's a smart, provocative, satirical adventure in which a brunette Lawrence undermines her natural glamour to portray the brave, level-headed action heroine. As an actress, Lawrence is inspiring. As a woman, she's an absolute star.