She was cast as the teenage daughter of Kim Basinger's character who discovers her mother's extramarital affair—a role she shared with Charlize Theron; both actresses portrayed the role at different stages of the character's life.
Mark Feeney for The Boston Globe thought of Lawrence's performance as "a thankless task", but Derek Elley from Variety praised her as the production's prime asset, writing that she "plumbs fresher depths" into the film.
She also received Golden Globe Awards for her roles in both of these films and for her performance as Joy Mangano in the biopic Joy (2015).
Lawrence is known in the media as an advocate for feminism and gender equality.
These parts led to her being cast as a series regular on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show, in which she played Lauren, the rebellious teenage daughter of a family living in suburban Louisville, Colorado.She is the founder of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, through which she supports various charitable organizations.She had her first acting assignment at age nine when she played the role of a prostitute in a church play that was based on the Book of Jonah.She then appeared in Jodie Foster's black comedy The Beaver alongside Foster and Mel Gibson.Filmed in 2009, the production was delayed due to controversy concerning Gibson, and earned less than half of its million budget.Her first major role came as a main cast member on the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009).