I am holed up in my hotel room on Sunset Boulevard watching tennis, drapes drawn against the remorseless sun, when suddenly: Ding! She sends her driver, Paul, a South African with a mellifluous voice, to pick me up, and before long, we are winding our way up, up into the Hills of Beverly, to the gated community where Lawrence lives in a house she bought last year for about million. Buck the system, set up home, and try to find a date._It’s sweltering in Los Angeles, the kind of heat that melts the ice cubes in your caramel macchiato faster than you can say Kardashian. Forget meeting at the Italian restaurant on Laurel Canyon; just come to my house now.“I was outside crying, and Pippi jumped up on my lap and started licking up all my tears, and I couldn’t put her down for hours.
She just turned 25 a few weeks ago, with a party here; her friends persuaded Kris Jenner to come and present Jen with a cake in the shape of a pile of poop that read, “My knees buckled,” says Lawrence.
“And then I got hammered and talked to her like I think I’m part of the family.”The house had been renovated just before she bought it, so all Lawrence had to do was fill it with furniture.
As she opens a bottle of rosé, her dog, Pippi, comes scampering into the room.
Smallish and brown, she is adorably hard to pin down. “Oh, my God, I wish I could ask her.” When did you get her?
“Well, if you mean he doesn’t treat people like a lady, I can agree with that,” she says.
“You have to have a certain kind of personality to be able to understand David’s direction without emotionally attaching yourself to criticism. That’s why she gives such controlled performances in his films, because she’s able to go into the deep and heightened places where he operates from.”Russell has been dogged by criticism that he has cast Lawrence in roles she is far too young to play.
In keeping with the storied tradition of mentors and protégées, Russell and Lawrence have a complicated relationship, one that, according to Lawrence, is built first on love and second on collaboration.
“He has given me a life, creatively, that I would have never known,” she says, “what it feels like to really , to be scared out of your mind on set and have no idea what’s going on.
“I am obviously too young for all of David’s characters,” says Lawrence.