Joy marks the third time Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell have worked together, but she says it won’t be their last.
“I’ll do anything with you until you die,” Lawrence told Russell Saturday during a Q&A that followed the first screening of their latest collaboration, adding, “it’s sweet and f—ed up.”
Joy was screened Saturday in New York and Los Angeles. The Q&A, which took place in New York City, was broadcast via satellite to the West Coast.
Russell pointed out that the characters for Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper were inspired by “our growth together in the last five years.” (The foursome collaborated previously on Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.) Joy also marks his first film with a female protagonist and the first time, Russell noted, Lawrence is playing someone “who’s not crazy” in one of his films.
Joy unfolds over more than 30 years to show how one woman rises to become the matriarch of her family. She “had a fire and gift that she had buried for 17 years,” Lawrence said of her character, while describing the film as a tribute to “women who are the unsung heroes of their households.”
The Hunger Games star previously expressed her love for working with Russell to EW. “David and I will never, ever, ever, ever not do movies together,” she said. “I love him so much that sometimes I can’t talk about him without tearing up. Look! I’m tearing up. I understand every look, every eyeball move, every word he says or doesn’t say. We were made for each other.”
How much does she love him? Enough to face her fear of singing once again. In Joy, Lawrence and costar Edgar Ramirez duet on “Somethin’ Stupid,” which was made famous by Frank and Nancy Sinatra. “He’s a d—,” Lawrence joked of Russell making her sing in the film. “But David’s so open that the fear seemed silly.”
Joy will open on Dec. 25. Watch Lawrence discuss her big year in the video below.
Reporting by Christopher Rosen