Jennifer Lawrence's already-acclaimed career includes roles in Silver Linings Playbook
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She says her favorite parts of the holidays are still the basics — food and family. “I’ve got a really loud and amazing family. During the holidays, everybody gets together and it’s a happy, stressful, insane time full of laughs, cooking, and hanging out,” she says, looking forward to the break after an eventful year.

It will be a short reprieve. Along with wrapping up a year of promotion for her blockbusters (Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, House at the End of the Street), Lawrence starts 2013 with another film costarring Cooper. They play ambitious Depression-era newlyweds in director Susanne Bier’s Serena. Set in 1929 in the mountains of North Carolina, Lawrence is again back in the wilderness, laughingly admitting, “I can’t go too long without doing a movie in the woods.”

But the mood of the film is anything but light fare. The image of the ideal couple, George and Serena Pemberton have a passionate world that soon turns gritty when Serena learns she cannot bear children. While Lawrence says she was inspired by Cooper’s powerful portrayal, it is her performance that is making its mark among the critics. “We play a couple who think that they can get away with anything, and we find out we can’t.”

As mature as Lawrence is for her age, she still possesses that get-away-with-anything attitude. And it serves her well. She says she is happy with the movies she’s done, saying she’s lucky to have learned from “great performers,” many of whom she can call professional peers and even friends. Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster, who directed the now 22-year-old star in the underrated movie The Beaver (2011), captures the essential Lawrence: “She was just born with that deep stare, but she is as normal as they come, and she never stops being funny.”