Wednesday, November 12, 2014


  It’s not easy making a film star blush. But Jennifer Lawrence turned bright red when I asked her why she seems to like English men so much.

   The 24-year-old actress, who had a three-year romance with Nicolas Hoult and is now dating Gwyneth Paltrow’s estranged husband Coldplay singer Chris Martin, giggled and stammered “I do seem to like English men, don’t I? Oh Gosh, I don’t know. You guys are just so charming.  Oh God, now I’m blushing and scratching and itching and sweating.”

  The youngest three-time Oscar nominee in Hollywood history (she won in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook and was nominated again last year for American Hustle) has so far managed to remain for the most part enchantingly natural and down-to-earth.

   “There are wonderful, wonderful things that come with the job but there are difficulties that come with it too,” she told me when we talked in London just before the world premiere of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One.

“I have perspective because I didn’t grow up in this business. I’m not from Hollywood, I’m from Kentucky. I didn’t become successful until a few years ago and I’m very aware of what the real world is and how much a couch costs.”

   She mentions the couch because she recently went shopping to furnish the $8 million home she has just bought in Beverly Hills and was appalled at the cost of couches in upmarket furniture stores. “So I bought one from Ikea,” she laughs. “It doesn’t matter how much money I make, unfairness in prices really fires me up. Like shopping in L.A  and a tee-shirt costs $150.”