throwback thursday: jennifer lawrence has the best #tbt

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from our ’09 interview.

This week, Jennifer Lawrence broke her silence about the hacking crime. To celebrate her bravery, we're taking it way back to our '09 interview with The Hunger Games star.

Like any up-and-coming actor worth her salt, Jennifer Lawrence exists in a permanent state of creative hunger. The teen star of TBS' The Bill Engvall Show, who recently made the transition to the big screen in The Burning Plain, is currently being considered for another movie. The film's director is in New York, Lawrence at home in Los Angeles, and her agent has already talked enthusiastically about a conference between the two via Skype. But Lawrence, who desperately wants the part (about which she is not permitted to speak), instead headed directly to LAX and bought a ticket for the next available flight to New York. [2014 edit: We bet $100 this was The Hunger Games!] She was on the east coast by morning, awaiting what will now be a face-to-face meeting later today. 

"I hope the director doesn't think I'm too crazy!" she says in her Midtown hotel room, laughing loudly. "But I am determined. Hey, I have to be."

In The Burning PlainAmores Perros screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga's multilayered feature-length directorial debut that, indeed, burns slow and long and deadly—Lawrence plays a disaffected teen whose actions, upon learning of her mother's infidelity, will haunt her forever. It is a necessarily bleak performance in what is ultimately a bleak and rather unforgiving film, and marks the first piece of serious acting for this 19-year-old who fell into acting more by luck than ambition. 

A Kentucky native, Lawrence was spotting by a casting agent during a vacation in New York five years ago, and hasn't looked back since. She has had small roles in Medium and Monk, as well as her recurring role in Engvall. "I've been blessed, clearly," she says. "And when Guillermo told me I had the part, I couldn't quite believe it."

In the film, she stars as the daughter of Kim Basinger's character, and though Lawrence speaks gushingly of this modern-day legend—"she is just the sweetest, most generous woman; I loved her"—she stopped herself from getting too close to her on set. 

"I regret that now, but my character has such a distance from Kim's that I didn't want to get too friendly just in case it affected my performance," she says in a manner that suggests she has recently graduated from the Robert De Niro School of Acting. "A method actor, me?" She shakes her head. "Nooo. I was learning my way as an actress, that's all. And my character was really pretty dark. It was difficult to shake off sometimes." That said, when she thinks back to the eight-week shoot, what she remembers most is the laughter between takes. "Anyone would think it was a comedy!" 

But make no mistake, The Burning Plain is not a comedy. And neither is her next film, Winter's Bone (due out early 2010), another art-house thriller in which she inhabits a role a world away from her all-American-sweetheart persona on TBS. "I'm so grateful for the sitcom because it allows me to show another, lighter side of myself," she says, though she admits that, "I am drawn to darker characters. I've no idea why." She certainly carries it off, her glacial, almost aloof beauty offset by a voice that could carry a Joan Jett song with wholehearted abandon. It's a voice that doesn't fit such a waif, a voice belonging to someone who surely gets through 40 cigarettes a day. 

"Ha! I get that a lot. People thinking I'm a heavy smoker," she purrs. "But I've never smoked in my life. I just always had a raspy voice. You should have heard me as a kid..."

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council

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Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.


After delivered the perfect pep talk

When Lena Waithe took over as a guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live, her first time ever as a late-night host, actress and friend Halle Berry knew exactly how to pump her up. After Kimmel's security guard Guillermo Rodriguez hit the "Berry Button" (a large button on the wall that says just that), Berry came running out in a backless tee and boyfriend jeans to give Waithe a pep talk... and plant one on her.

Berry rolled in as if she'd just jogged from hanging out with her friends to come to Waithe's immediate aid, joking she wasn't dressed for the occasion; but, let's be real, she could wear a paper bag, and we wouldn't complain. Waithe requested the "Halle Berry juice," similar to her 2002 Oscars speech, and Berry immediately had the lights turned down low and jumped into inspirational speech mode.

"I know that you are a force of nature. You are a beautiful African-American queen going after everything that is hers," Berry said before going on to list Waithe's many titles and accomplishments. She jokingly concluded, "And you already winning, girl, 'cause you are dressed way better than Jimmy ever will," before asking if Waithe needed anything else. Clearly, Waithe thought that was all Berry was there to do, because she said no, but Berry insisted she needed one more thing before grabbing Waithe's face and surprising her with a kiss. "Wow," Waithe reacted after Berry pulled away, and honestly same!

Watch the video, below.

Lena Waithe's Guest Host Monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live