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.
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".
She then appeared in Jodie Foster's black comedy The Beaver alongside Foster and Mel Gibson.
Lawrence traveled to the Ozarks a week before filming began to live with the family on whom the story was based, and in preparation, she learned to fight, skin squirrels, and chop wood.
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.
In Debra Granik's independent feature, she portrayed Ree Dolly, a poverty-stricken teenager in the Ozark Mountains who cares for her mentally ill mother and younger siblings while searching for her missing father.For the next few years, she continued to take parts in church plays and school musicals.She signed on with the CESD Talent Agency, who convinced her parents to let her audition for roles in Los Angeles.She achieved wider recognition for starring as the mutant Mystique in X-Men: First Class (2011), a role she reprised in later installments of the series.Lawrence's fame continued to grow with her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series (2012–2015), which established her as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time.Her first major role came as a main cast member on the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009).