Despite being an admirer of the books, Lawrence was initially hesitant to accept the part, because of the grand scale of the film.She agreed to the project after her mother convinced her to take the part.Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times considered the film to be an "intensely wrought and immensely satisfying love story" and credited all three performers for "making their [characters'] yearning palpable".
The actress was awarded the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance, and with her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, she became the second youngest person to be nominated in the category.
Her first major role came as a main cast member on the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009).
Lawrence made her film debut in a supporting role in Garden Party (2008), and had her breakthrough playing a poverty-stricken teenager in the independent drama Winter's Bone (2010).
She is the founder of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, through which she supports various charitable organizations.
Her first acting assignment was at the age of nine with the role of a prostitute in a church play based on the Book of Jonah.