She appeared in Time's 100 most influential people in the world list in 2013 and the Forbes Celebrity 100 list from 2013 to 2016.
During childhood, Lawrence performed in church plays and school musicals.
At 14, she was spotted by a talent scout while vacationing in New York City with her family.
Her first major role was that of a main cast member on the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009).
She made her film debut in a supporting role in the drama Garden Party (2008), and had her breakthrough playing Ree Dolly, a poverty-stricken teenage girl, in the coming-of-age independent mystery drama Winter's Bone (2010).
Lawrence's career progressed with starring roles as the mutant Mystique in the X-Men film series (2011–2019) and Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015).