Jennifer Lawrence — EW’s Entertainer of the Year — has been busy trotting around the globe to promote the final Hunger Games, and at Christmas, audiences will see her third collaboration with director David O. Russell in Joy.
But between all those miles on the red-carpet, she hasn’t exactly been taking it easy: “Waking up without a purpose and going to sleep without achieving anything — like what other people call vacation or time off — makes me depressed,” she tells EW. In fact she’s already at work on a film due out in December 2016, the sci-fi/adventure/romance Passengers, co-starring Chris Pratt and directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game).
“The script is perfection. It was so good that I thought I can’t not do this movie. It’s just too good,” she says of the film, which is set on a spaceship traveling to a colony planet with thousands of cryogenically-sleeping people aboard when it suffers a malfunction that awakens a passenger (Pratt) 60 years too soon. Faced with the loneliness of being the only one conscious for decades, he wakes up Lawrence’s character.
Unsurprisingly, the two uber-likeable stars are working hard but having fun. “Pratt is a bag of gummie bears. He is cotton candy in human form,” Lawrence says. “He’s always in a good mood! He always has energy. The other day I got mad at him because he’s only positive. It was 4 a.m. and we had been working for 15 hours straight. I walk into the studio and Pratt has his phone in the air and is playing music and dancing around.” She laughs. “He’s so f—ing funny and nice. I think this movie is going to be awesome.”
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