In life, it’s not uncommon to fall upwards toward success — but on Oscar night, Jennifer Lawrence took it to a whole new level.
Lawrence won the Best Actress award for her work in David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” in which she plays the troubled Tiffany Maxwell. But Lawrence’s victory was overshadowed by her fall on the way to the stage, an embarrassing moment the actress played off with all the ease of an award-winner during her acceptance speech.
Moments after accepting the award, Lawrence spoke with reporters at the Oscar press room about her preparation for the big night, how she hopes her win will help the mental-health community, and yes, even that infamous fall.
On how her Oscar will champion the effort to help the mentally ill: “I don’t think we’re going to stop until we get rid of the stigma for mental illness. I know David won’t. And I hope that this helps. It’s so bizarre how in this world, if you have asthma, you take asthma medicine; if you have diabetes, you take diabetes medicine; but as soon as you have to take medication for your mind, there’s such a stigma behind it.”
On getting ready for Oscar night: “The process today was so stressful. I felt like Steve Martin in ‘Father of the Bride,’ watching my house be torn apart and my whole family was getting ready … my friends stopped by. It was kind of fun. But it was mostly chaotic. What was the process? I just woke up, tried on the dress and it fit, thank God! And then I took a shower. That’s what I did. And then I got my hair and makeup done — and then I came to the Oscars! I’m sorry, I did a shot [before coming on stage]. Sorry. Jesus!”
On falling on her way to accepting her Oscar: “Was that on purpose? Absolutely! … What do you mean what happened? Look at my dress! I tried to walk upstairs in this dress, that’s what happened! I stepped on the fabric, and I think they wax the stairs.”
On what went through her mind as she fell: “A bad word that I can’t say. It starts with ‘F.’”
On whether or not she’s worried about peaking too young in her career: “Well, now I am!”