Caitlin Rickard: IDK my BFF Jen

Have you ever seen or gotten to know someone, maybe a celebrity in a movie or just a stranger at church, and thought “oh my gosh, that is my long lost best friend.”
Nov 20, 2013
Caitlin Rickard
(Courtesy Murray Close • MCT) Summer’s over, but don’t despair. One of the most highly anticipated films of the year is coming to theaters Nov. 22: Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’

Have you ever seen or gotten to know someone, maybe a celebrity in a movie or just a stranger at church, and thought “oh my gosh, that is my long lost best friend.”

I have. And I do repeatedly, especially with the constant media attention that swarms my BFF.

From the second I became familiar with Jennifer Lawrence I knew we were separated at birth and meant to be besties. And we’re the same age, I mean c’mon, clearly she’s my sister-from-another-mister.

Let me digress a little, I’m talking J Law in the day of The Bill Engvall Show or in movies like The Burning Plain or Winter’s Bone, I’m no bandwagon fan. I was a J Law fan before she even knew she was cool.

Sure, she got big doing X-Men, playing America’s favorite heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and winning an Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook, but if you had of seen Winter’s Bone like an intelligent human, you would of seen that coming from miles away.

Really, me, or anyone, could brag all day on her acting skills, and don’t get me wrong I love any and every movie she’s credited in, but the best part of her is just her.

I guess what I’m trying to say is she’s utterly… cool. There’s no fancy word or way to describe it, she’s just a down to earth, cool girl. I say this with the vast knowledge of getting to know her (through the media). Whatever.

I suppose I noticed this all a bit before the curve so I’m a little more overly excited to claim my righteous spot as her BFF, but Lawrence really sprung into the spotlight last year and cemented her mark in Hollywood on her whirlwind trip to Oscar glory by simply being herself. I know, what a foreign concept in Hollywood, right?

Do you guys not remember her asking for McDonalds while on the Oscar red carpet last year? Or confessing to the media in her press conference she had just taken shots? Classic J Law.

The media really caught wind of Lawrence for this fact. She’s honest, she says what’s on her mind and she uses that awkward and surreal “humble brag” kind of personality to remain relatable and likable. She has no filter. She get’s nervous when meeting celebrities (of which now she is one of the biggest ones out there). What’s not to like? 

And she’s so quote-worthy. Everything she says (and does, really) literally turns into gold.

On what she does in her free time: “If I don’t have anything to do all day, I might not even put my pants on.”

On advice columns: “I picked up an issue of Cosmopolitan the other day that had tips for job interviews, because I was like, ‘I need to get better at interviews.’ The article was basically about how to get someone not to hate you in 20 minutes. Every single thing they told you not to do, I was like, ‘I do that every day.’”

Don’t let me forget she has the greatest sarcastic and dry-wit humor (I told you we were destined to be friends).

On how she’d describe herself: “Very well-rounded and practically perfect.”

I couldn’t of said it better myself (about myself, of course).

And I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of the pixie cut everyone is sporting these days, but Lawrence goes and gets one and it’s like Leonardo da Vinci slapped a mural on a coloring book.

Can this girl lose? Can she do anything wrong?

Let’s not fail to mention that she doesn’t even have an assistant. I mean, I hate her and I love her for that. I don’t know how she does it. And I don’t mean survive without an assistant; I mean stay so grounded in a world where she’s what everyone in show business aspires to be.

On her Hollywood experience: “Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid. Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.’”

Now that is what I call a role model and the definition of a level head.

Caitlin Rickard is a staff writer with The Democrat. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.


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