Say it ain’t so! After four years of entertaining the world on and off-screen, actress Jennifer Lawrence announced recently that she will be taking a break from acting later this year following the completion of “The Hunger Games” film saga.
Does this mean the Oscar-winner is quitting acting for good? Not exactly. According to a report from MTV News, the 23-year-old “American Hustle” performer is merely looking to take a break from Hollywood following 12 feature film releases, subsequent three Academy Awards nominations and her 2013 Oscar win for best leading actress in "Silver Linings Playbook." “On the last day of ‘Hunger Games,’ I’m going to turn my phone off for a year,” Lawrence told Empire magazine, going on to add that her severe lack of downtime is only her doing. “It’s okay, it’s my fault. I get little breaks here and there,” she said.
Despite Lawrence’s desire to take a break, recent reports indicate that she already has at least two projects lined up for when she completes filming the final installment of the "Hunger Games” franchise, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2," later this year. Lawrence, who was spotted on set of the flick in Atlanta on Wednesday, is reportedly set to star in two films being made by her former “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross.
Deadline.com was the first to report in September that Lawrence will be starring in a new version of “East of Eden” by Ross. The feature will be a new adaptation of the 1952 John Steinbeck novel, already filmed in the 1955 James Dean movie and a 1981 TV miniseries. Lawrence is to play Cathy Ames, a “cold and cruel” single mother of two feuding sons. Lawrence is also rumored to be prepping to star as a serial killer in Ross’s coming drama “Burial Rites,” based on the Hannah Kent novel.
Not only is Lawrence busy with her film career, the actress also recently agreed to a three-year partnership with Dior in January. According to a report from E! News, the French fashion house, which has dressed Lawrence for a majority of her red carpet events in recent years, is compensating the Kentucky native with an estimated $15 million for her work.
Lawrence, like many others, was shaken by the sudden passing of her “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” co-star, Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday. The actress released a statement sharing her condolences for the award-winning actors’ family, calling Hoffman’s death via an alleged heroin overdose “devastating.”