Long before Jennifer Lawrence became an Oscar winner, she was an aspiring actress just beginning to lay the foundation for a career in Hollywood.
At one point, Lawrence went to see an acting coach who eventually paid her back because, she said, she already had it all and there wasn’t really anything he could teach her. He didn’t remember who that teacher was until Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. told him on Saturday during a panel for his movie Apple/A24. raised causeway at the Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles event.
Near the end of the panel, Fleming told Lawrence that when he spoke to yellow stone creator Taylor Sheridan about her growing universe of television series, and how young actress Isabel May provided the spark for 1883 when she came in to read for a leading role in Kingstown Mayor. Instead, he built 1883 around May, who narrated the origin story of the Dutton family of Yellowstone.
Sheridan told Fleming that May reminded him of Lawrence, who attended the classes he taught while Sheridan was a struggling actor who supplemented his income by teaching acting. This was before the Lawrence breakup. Winter’s Bone.
When Fleming finished retelling the story, Lawrence could only say one word.
“What?” she said.
“I remember I went to see someone and they said to my mom: ‘We’ll give you your money back. Just don’t put her in any acting class, whatever you do,’” Lawrence recalled. “Was it Taylor Sheridan?”
Told that he was in fact the prolific creator and director of the show, Lawrence said, “I have to tell my mom.”
Sheridan, who turned to writing after leaving a regular role in Sons of Anarchy for money, he was nominated for an Oscar for writing Against all oddsand currently has several prequels in the works derived from yellow stone, 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 stars in and made her feature film producing debut at Apple/A24’s raised causewaywhich premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and debuted on Apple TV+ on November 4.