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23 Times Jennifer Lawrence Was Awesome Before She Was Super Famous

Aug 15 2016 - 6:00am

Long before Jennifer Lawrence [1] made a habit of gushing over BFF Amy Schumer [2] or giving everyone major vacation envy [3], she was proving major fame has nothing to do with being a fun and lovable person. Keep reading for all the ways Jennifer was awesome before you knew her!

She Avoided That Awkward Yearbook Photo

Sure, the haircut and earrings are outdated, but Jennifer's eighth grade portrait from Kammerer Middle School in Louisville, KY, isn't the type of picture you'd be embarrassed to see on your parents' mantel.

She Wasn't Afraid to Take a Tumble

Jennifer made her first TV appearance in a commercial for MTV's My Super Sweet 16, playing a spoiled birthday princess who is carried around her party and falls. She never forgot the experience. “I want to thank MTV,” she said during her SAG acceptance speech in 2013. “I earned my SAG card when I was 14 . . . I remember getting it in the mail and it being the best day in my entire life because it officially made me a professional actor, which put me in a category with all of you.”

Source: MTV [4]

She Got Goofy

The road to an Oscar can be paved with terrible roles, like her performance as a mascot in a 2006 episode of Monk.

Source: USA Network [5]

She Got in the Leading Man's Face

Do you think Tony Shalhoub knew she was destined for greatness?

Source: USA Network [6]

She Didn't Hide Beneath Her Costume

Yes, she took that headpiece off with pride.

Source: USA Network [7]

She Was a Trickster

Jennifer played the girl next door on The Bill Engvall Show from 2007 to 2009. Before she volunteered as tribute in The Hunger Games, Jen surprised her TV parents with a fake belly ring.

Source: TBS [8]

She Hung Out With Chloë Grace Moretz

Yes, that cute little girl is Chloë! The two were costars in 2008's The Poker House.

She Had Some Serious Red Carpet Moves

Just look at Jen strike a pose at the Movieguide Faith and Values Awards in 2007.

The Spotlight Called Her Name

She really couldn't help but upstage Selma Blair [9], the leading lady in The Poker House, at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008.

She Faced Stiff Red Carpet Competition

Jennifer was a couple years away from the A-list when she walked the red carpet with Charlize Theron [10], with whom she costarred in 2008's The Burning Plain.

But She Held Her Own

Jen dazzled next to the bombshell at their movie's premiere.

She Went to Sweet 16 Birthday Parties . . .

Here's Jen hanging out at actor Tyler Neitzel's bash. She was just 17!

. . . in a Hoodie, Jean Skirt, and Boots.

Just like you did in 2007, right?

She Foreshadowed Several Epic Faces

In 2009, Jennifer gave us a taste of what was meant to be [11].

She Was a Disaster in Heels

Jennifer has a long history of losing her balance at events. In 2008, over five years before her last Oscars fall, she nearly lost it at the Venice Film Festival.

And She Still Laughed It Off

Yep, you can't miss that adorable smile.

At 18, She Was Already an Award Winner

Jennifer took home the trophy for best young actress at the Venice Film Festival in 2008, marking one of the first of many awards to come her way.

She Practiced Her John Hancock With Grace

My oh my, Jen — that's a pretty fancy autograph you had at the Venice Film Festival in 2008.

She Looked a Little Nervous Around Jon Hamm

The two presented together at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards in 2011.

She Was Never Worried About Her Manicure

As she awaited the release of The Hunger Games in January 2012, Jennifer passed the time with outdoor activities.

Or Her Hair

She went surfing in February 2012.

Or Being Caught Kissing Nicholas Hoult

Later that month, Jennifer and Nicholas shared a sweet moment.

She Kept Her Volkswagen After Cashing the Hunger Games Checks

By August 2012, Jennifer was a household name. And yet there she was, just like the rest of us, parked at the self-service pump.

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