• Mon, Mar 25 2013

Stage Fright Makes J.Law A ‘Scared Chihuahua’ That We All Want To Be Friends With

Jennifer Lawrence Film Independent Spirit Awards Los Angeles February 23 2013

If you’re wondering what the secret is to Jennifer Lawrence’s endlessly entertaining red carpet interviews and acceptance speeches, you’ll be excited to learn that she is now revealing the answer. No, it’s not superpowers. Good guess, though. It turns out J.Law isn’t exactly comfortable at red carpet events or talking in front of people, and it turns her into a tiny shaking dog.

Jennifer told The Sun’s Fabulous magazine about her problem, saying, “I’m afraid I’m going to go through my whole life being scared like a chihuahua.” She elaborated:

“It’s not my comfort zone. Making movies is where I belong. I shouldn’t be heard just talking.

“So, when I’m doing movies, I’m really happy. That’s where I’m comfortable, that’s my home. When you put me on a red carpet or on a stage, I turn into chihuahua Jennifer.”

So it turns out we’ve all been dreaming of being BFF with a chihuahua. It makes sense, I guess. I mean, dog is (wo)man’s best friend. J.Law doesn’t say she turns into an iguana or a spider monkey. Although if you’re best friends with one of those animals, good for you too! Iguanas and spider monkeys need friends too.

J.Law also explains that she has no filter when talking to people and would probably hate to hear back what she’s said:

“I have no control over what comes out of my mouth. I would probably turn into a mute if I read what I said,” she added.

So what we can gather from that comment is that we should never let Jennifer know about what she has said, because we might lose her amazing interview comments forever.

It does have to kind of make you wonder if you’re being selfish for enjoying J.Law’s stage fright with such delight. While she’s on the red carpet or onstage talking about McDonald’s or quoting First Wives Club, we’re sitting in our living rooms feeling such joy from the things she says and does, when in reality she has just turned into a little chihuahua shivering from fear and losing her filter in the process. Are we taking joy from J.Law’s discomfort? Instead of laughing and sending her fan mail posing the question “Will you be my best friend?” with a only a “yes” box to check, should we be rushing to comfort her?

Well, you can feel a little better about getting joy from J.Law’s fear, because she says she finds people hurting themselves funny:

“I think when people run into things or people get hurt … I know I just have a terrible reaction when I start laughing.

“Then I ask if anyone is OK. But I just think people falling down and getting hurt is classic hilarity.”

And now we want to be best friends with her again. It all comes full circle.

(Photo: Thomas Janssen, Pacificcoastnews.com)

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  • Alexis Rhiannon

    Well, she’s done it. She’s actually made me like chihuahuas.

  • lapaditte

    “Jennifer told The Sun’s Fabulous magazine”
    Lol.
    She actually said that when she was honored at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, in her interview. Again, even if you’re taking a quick jab at The Sun why still give them credibility in the process? No one gives interviews to The Sun, especially not A listers, do people still not get that? They’re notorious for making shit up, if not embellishing it with make-believe, and then crediting themselves for the “interview” or the “news-breaking”.

    • mse

      Every magazine does that: ripping quotes and interviews from another sources/magazines. There was a JLaw quote last year in the Rolling Stones about her squirrel-skinning scene in Winter’s Bone to which PETA even made an official statement, and I just couldn’t decide if I should laugh or cry because I knew that it was actually from an interview she made in 2010 to a Canadian (I think?) magazine.

      She probably did make a quick interview with them though, I mean she did a cover shoot for the mag for God’s sake.