Jennifer Lawrence has revealed that she’s always slightly embarrassed that she has no acting background, and worries that she doesn’t have the technical skill to be a skilled actress.
In an interview with Deadline, she talks about her role in Silver Linings Playbook, saying, “It’s funny. I had just worked with Gary (Ross) on Hunger Games, who worked in a completely different way from David (O. Russell), no better, no worse. I’m always slightly embarrassed, as I don’t have any kind of acting background. It’s a silly thing to say, but you work with actors who talk about different methods, and I never had that and it’s a worry of mine because I don’t know technically what I’m doing. Any moment I could show up on set and blow it. That was the first movie that I felt like it was an advantage, because I felt so open to working with — not so much an advantage, but a blessing — any kind of director. But it was so easy with him, I understood him.”
Bradley Cooper also spoke up about his role in the film, saying, “When I read the script — I think it was probably sort of my defense mechanism—I just sort of thought, ‘Ah, I’m not really right for this,’ which is kind of counterintuitive because I’m from Philly. I’m obsessed with the Eagles, I’m Italian-Irish, my parents grew up in households very similar to (Pat’s family), my grandparents lived like that. I grew up basically with my grandparents.”
Silver Linings Playbook is currently out in limited release and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Jackie Weaver.