Jennifer Lawrence is doing her darnedest to make sure she doesn’t get typecast as underfed rebellion leader Katniss Everdeen by popping up on movie screens between The Hunger Games and Catching Fire in a variety of personas. She’ll take a stab at playing the heroine of the thriller House at the End of the Street, as well as a depressed, unmotivated weirdo named Tiffany in the dramedy Silver Linings Playbook co-starring Bradley Cooper.
The thing is, even though Tiffany is coarser, more acerbic, and more random than any character Jen has played to date, I still find myself thinking of Katniss. Because this girl Tiffany? Is so socially awkward. Like, she chatters with Bradley’s character about the merits of Xanax vs. Klonopin; she slept with her whole office after her boyfriend Tommy died; and she competes in some sort of Dirty Dancing-wannabe competition.
Dancing around in a sports bra and demanding Bradley walk her home, she’s delightfully batty in a way we haven’t seen from Jen before. And that’s saying a lot, considering that one of the best facets of her performance in The Hunger Games was making Katniss actually unlikeable. Jen really played up Katniss’ stubborn self-sufficiency and clear uncomfortableness while being dolled up for the Capitol. This character Tiffany seems more comfortable in her skin, but also unrepentantly bonkers.
Don’t believe me? Watch the trailer:
Jen gets a second chance to play Bradley’s love interest in the Civil War drama Serena. We’re betting that she plays it a little classier here, though we’re getting shades of Hunger Games as well since her titular infertile wife tries to kill her husband’s illegitimate heir. (Gulp.)