Jennifer Lawrence was born in Louisville, Kentucky on August 15, 1990. Jennifer has two older brothers named Ben and Blaine. Lawrence suffered from hyperactivity and social anxiety during her childhood. When she started acting it helped her with these anxieties. While still living in Kentucky, she acted in several local theater productions through her school and her church.
She had her first acting role playing a prostitute in a church play that was based on the Book of Jonah when she was nine years old. Over the next several years, she continued to act in church plays and school musicals.
In high school, Lawrence was a cheerleader, a member of the field hockey team, and played on the boys’ basketball team, which was coached by her father. When Lawrence was 14 and on a family vacation in New York City, a talent scout spotted her on the street and arranged an audition for talent agents. After her first audition, the agents said she was the best they had seen from someone that young. Lawrence’s mom wasn’t thrilled with her daughter’s acting ambitions. She signed on with the CESD Talent Agency and began auditioning for roles in Los Angeles. Lawrence dropped out of high school at 14. She never graduated or received her GED.