Silver Lining: Jennifer Lawrence Aims for Oscar Gold

A-list actress recalls early acting years in Kentucky, practicing with dad.
2:26 | 02/17/13

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Finally, tonight, our countdown-to-the oscars. Will silver turn to gold one week from tonight. Jennifer lawrence, up for an oscar for "silver linings playbook" and tonight her own playbook began in kentucky. Just 22 with two best actress nominations already on her resume. She has hollywood buzzing with delight. Both at her glitz to glam rage and at her refreshingly unspoiled self-image. I just have a very weird job and if I just remind myself of that, that it's nothing more than that, then I don't start thinking it's more dramatic. Reporter: Oscar nominated this year for "silver linings playbook." On the dance floor with bradley cooper, toe to toe with this guy. Ever since he was with you -- you think I'm why today's happened? That's right. I'm the reason why today happened? Reporter: You stare into robert de niro's eyes and tell him off. Nerve racking. Oh, my god, I'm going to be screaming at robert de niro and I'm going to be messing up my lines. Fortunately the adrenaline kicked in and I remembered. Reporter: She grew up in louisville, kentucky, youngest of three. My dad started working at home when I was six. So I would dress up as a clown or ballerina and go to my dad every day when he's trying to work, wait, wait, make him watch me put on a new show. Or I'd dress up as someone and knock on the door and say, hi, my name is judy, and my car broke down, can I use your phone? Reporter: To fans of "the hunger games," she is katniss everydean. The film's success reshaped not just her life, but those of her loved ones. Her mother for one. God bless her. She taxes me every night. Reporter: When she does venture out -- yeah, I saw meryl streep at a party one time and someone was about to introduce me to bill maher. He was reaching his hand out and I literally put my hand in his face and go, not now, bill! And I just stared at her all night and followed her around and drank and stared at her. Like a creep. Sorry.

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