Oscar winner and "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most famous women in the world, snagging awards, coveted movie roles, and now, the cover of the September issue of Vogue magazine. But as the actress reveals in the magazine's in-depth profile, her recently acquired A-list status is something she first anticipated when she was a little girl.
The story delves into Lawrence's less-than-charmed childhood -- "I was a weirdo," the actress admits, saying she never fit in with her classmates and was branded an eccentric outsider from an early age -- and how she channeled her nervous energy into acting. Despite those difficulties, and time spent in therapy and on medication, Lawrence says she always had a feeling there was something special waiting in her future.
"I've never said this before, because there is no way to say it without it being completely misunderstood, but ever since I was really little, I always had a very normal idea of what I wanted: I was going to be a mom and I was going to be a doctor and I was going to live in Kentucky," she explains. "But I always knew that I was going to be famous. I honest to God don't know how else to describe it. I used to lie in bed and wonder, Am I going to be a local TV person? Am I going to a motivational speaker? It wasn't a vision. But as it's kind of happening, you have this buried understanding: Of course."
Lawrence also noted that fame isn't all it's cracked up to be, saying that while it may come off as "ungrateful" to discuss the difficulties associated with being on display 24/7, it's hard not to wish she was "just your average 23-year-old girl" without "strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks."
"I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven't been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal," Lawrence said. " .... Right now I'm just a big fan of windows. I stand at my window at my hotel in Montreal. Like it will be hours. It's the only time I can look at big groups of people, and they're not looking at me."
For more from Lawrence, check out the Vogue cover story.