Long before Jennifer Lawrence became an Oscar winner, she was an aspiring actress starting to lay the groundwork for a career in Hollywood.
At one point, Lawrence went to see an acting coach, who eventually paid her back because, he said, she already had it all and there was nothing he could teach her. She didn’t remember who that teacher was until Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. told her Saturday during a panel about her film Apple/A24 causeway at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles event.
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Near the end of the panel, Fleming tells Lawrence this when he talks to Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan about his growing universe of television series and how young actress Isabel May provided the spark for 1883 when she came to read for a lead role in Mayor of Kingstown. Instead, he built the 1883 Circa May, which recounted the origin story of the Dutton family of Yellowstone.
Sheridan told Fleming that May reminded him of Lawrence, who came to the classes he taught, while Sheridan was a struggling actor who supplemented his income by teaching acting. That was before Lawrence came along The bone of winter.
When Fleming finished retelling the story, Lawrence could only say one word.
“What?” she said.
“I remember going to see someone and he said to my mom, ‘Here’s your money back. Just don’t put him in any acting classes whatever you do,’” Lawrence recalled. “Was that Taylor Sheridan?”
Saying he was indeed the show’s prolific creator and director, Lawrence said, “I’ve got to tell my mom.”
Sheridan, who returned to writing after leaving a regular role in Sons of anarchy on the money, was nominated for an Oscar for writing Hell or High Waterand there are currently several prequels in the works coming from Yellowstone, which just returned for its fifth season. The premiere simulcast on Paramount Network, CMT, Pop and TV Land averaged 15.7 million viewers, the most-watched show on all of television in 2022.
Lawrence starred in and made her production debut at Apple/A24 causewaywhich premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and debuted on Apple TV+ on November 4.
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