Jennifer Lawrence: Before She Became The Girl on Fire

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Jennifer Lawrence is an Oscar winner and multiple-time Oscar nominee.

But, let's face it, to many movie fans, Lawrence is simply known for one thing: the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games franchise.

Where was she before she put on the Mockingjay pin and helped inspired a revolution? We're so glad you asked...

1. Way Back in the Day...

Way Back in the Day...
Lawrence had the smile of a future star at Kammerer Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky.

2. Her First TV Appearance

Her First TV Appearance
It took place in a commercial for MTV's My Super Sweet 16, as J. Law portrayed a spoiled birthday princess who is carried around her party and falls. She was 14 years old at the time.

3. Yup, It's Me!

Yup, It's Me!
The road to an Academy Award is often paved with terrible roles. Such as when Lawrence played a mascot in a 2006 episode of Monk. We love it!

4. A Sitcom Non-Star

A Sitcom Non-Star
Lawrence played the daughter of the title character on The Bill Engvall Show from 2007 to 2009. Look, she had a (fake) belly button ring!

5. A Natural

A Natural
Jennifer has always owned the red carpet, it seems. Here she is, striking a pose in 2007 at the Movieguide Faith and Values Awards.

6. In The Poker House

In The Poker House
This was an actual movie that came out in 2008. Lawrence co-starred in The Poker House with Chloƫ Grace Moretz.

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