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1. DON'T BE AFRAID TO GET DIRTY
skipped brushing her hair and washing her face to prove she was gritty enough to star in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, a movie in which she also skinned a squirrel. And since then, she’s gotten dirty in the less literal sense, swearing in interviews, flipping people off and confessing her transformation into a “perverted guy” when she saw John Stamos’s ass.
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2. LAUGH OFF YOUR FALLS
When the Best Actress winner walked up on stage to accept her Oscar, she slipped on the stairs. Instead of getting flustered, she responded to the standing ovation by saying self-deprecatingly, “You guys are just standing up ‘cause you feel bad that I fell and that’s really embarrassing, but thank you.” She later joked that she “absolutely” took a tumble on purpose.
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3. WHEN IN DOUBT, CALL MOM
Jennifer didn’t originally jump at the offer to play Katniss in The Hunger Games. In fact, she told The Hollywood Reporter she considered turning it down. Thankfully she had the sense to call her mother, who convinced the young actress to take on the now-iconic role.
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4. TAKE FASHION RISKS
Most awards show newbies stick to safe designs that will fly under the radar, but for her Oscars debut, Jennifer eschewed staid princessy ball gowns and left tongues wagging with her incredibly sexy, figure-flaunting red Calvin Klein Collection tank dress. And she hasn’t stopped pushing the style envelope, wearing backwards necklaces, plunging vests, geometric dresses and even Dynasty-inspired numbers.
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