It’s been more than two years since Jennifer Lawrence last led a movie, following a hot streak that included The Hunger Games, X-Men, and her Oscar-winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook. Her buzzy new film, Don’t Look Up, which followers two astronomers who discover a comet hurtling toward earth, premieres on Netflix December 24 and in select theaters December 10. Lawrence shares the screen with a murderers’ row of talent, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Rob Morgan, and Timothée Chalamet.
As the first trailer for this Adam McKay–directed satire premieres, J.Law is offering Vanity Fair intel on everything from filming the Oval Office on a soundstage in Boston to meeting her costar Ariana Grande. “That was one of the coolest days of my life,” she says in the clip above. “I took a picture with her; I looked like a radio-contest winner.” Lawrence also broke bread with Jonah Hill, who plays the son of Streep’s commander in chief and her chief of staff. “It was really, really hard filming with Jonah and just not ruining take after take laughing,” she says. “We one time dedicated an entire day to him just improving insults at me. It was amazing. He’s a comedic master.”
Diving into Don’t Look Up involved a physical transformation for Lawrence, including an auburn-colored wig and two pesky nose rings. “In part of my research for the film, I spoke to a female astronomer,” Lawrence says of crafting her character, Kate Dibiasky. “We kinda decided that Kate is the type to be fierce and ‘notice me, hear me roar, rat-tat-tat’ kind of lady. And the nose rings…one just kind of hangs in; one is a magnet. And many, many times I accidentally inhaled said magnet and had to spit it out in front of Leonardo DiCaprio.”
Sharing the screen with a three-time Oscar winner presented its own set of challenges, of course. “Yeah, I mean, Meryl Streep was our last choice,” Lawrence quips. “Unfortunately, so many other actresses passed, and we ended up with Meryl Streep.”
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