Excerpted from Nicole Sperling's LOS ANGELES TIMES article on soon-to-be-superstar Jennifer Lawrence (THE HUNGER GAMES):
Despite her reputation as a promising young actress, Lawrence said her career hit a speed bump after "Winter's Bone." She had trouble landing auditions for more feminine characters, so to shake up her image, the actress posed in a skimpy bikini for a well-orchestrated photo shoot in Esquire magazine. "There's just no imagination" in Hollywood, she said. "I wanted to show people 'Winter's Bone' for the performance, but it ended up having the opposite effect. People were like, no, she's not feminine, she's not sexual." Lawrence endured a good heap of criticism for what many saw as an exploitative play, but it worked. "A lot of people said, 'Oh, now we have a great actress come along and she's showing her boobs.' But that's exactly what I had to do so I could keep working. Honestly, that photo shoot is what helped me get 'X-Men,'" she said, referring to the comic-book blockbuster"X-Men: First Class"in which she played the sexy mutant Mystique.