While researching that fake Jennifer Lawrence eating disorder .gif the other day on Tumblr, I came across this adorable photo: Ripped from the page of Jen’s fourth-grade yearbook, it features our favorite young star at about the same age that Primrose Everdeen is when she gets reaped in the first Hunger Games movie. But unlike Prim, who cowers in Katniss’ arms before the reaping, I think that ten-year-old Jen would’ve been able to handle herself if her name were pulled from the bowl.
Sure, she’s got a bright, disarming smile and an adorable but not embarrassing haircut. But look at those eyes—that steady gaze says it all. Put her in the Arena, and this kid would trade in her juice box for a murder weapon. Marshall Janes, Delicia Jarrett, and Alex King better watch their backs.
It seems that the photo originated from the guy who likely stood behind Jen in line for their entire elementary school career: Dylan Lyons, who posted it to Facebook several months ago. He’s a journalism major at Ithaca College and an intern for The Daily Record. Though he has a modest Twitter following, he doesn’t broadcast his connection to one of Hollywood’s hottest stars. (Aside from retweeting someone else mentioning that he and Jen were classmates.)
And for that, fourth grade Jennifer Lawrence would spare his life in the Games.
Photo: qfbq on Tumblr via Dylan Lyons