Girl, Uninterruptible

Oscar nomination and indie cred (Winter’s Bone), franchise chops (X-Men), box-office record (The Hunger Games), romantic-comedy sparkle (Silver Linings Playbook): Jennifer Lawrence has, at 22, hit the bull’s-eye every time.

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    Jennifer Lawrence, the 22-year-old star of Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games, has no problem laying it all out there, unlike others in her cohort. Kristen Stewart, also 22, seems perpetually annoyed with media attention. Taylor Swift, 23, is happy to make the rounds, but she plays it safe, which is fitting for someone who does ads for Walgreens and Target. Miley Cyrus, 20, occupies a middle ground: she has worked to project a squeaky-clean image, only to find herself occasionally undone by leaked stories of wild nights.

    Lawrence favors another line of attack altogether. She is completely unguarded and uncensored. On a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, she happily told the host about the time she went to “a dive bar with senior-citizen strippers” while she was in Atlanta filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is slated for a November 2013 release. “I got a lap dance from Little Bo Peep, who was very bossy and kept getting on top of me,” she said. “I didn’t really want to reciprocate, but then she goes, ‘I’m gonna bend over and don’t you touch me.’ And I was like, ‘Don’t you worry about it!’ And then she inserted her breast into my mouth!” Awkward laughter rumbled through the audience, which had witnessed something rare—a celebrity who sounded more like a human being than a well-coached witness.

    Lawrence’...