If the whole global movie star thing doesn’t work out for Jennifer Lawrence, she could easily have a second act as a late night talk show host. That’s how good her interview with Kim Kardashian was.
It’s easy to see why the Oscar-winner agreed to guest host Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, despite the fact that she doesn’t have an upcoming movie to promote. Lawrence has never shied away from publicly expressing her rabid enthusiasm for all things Kardashian. In fact, she screams it from the rooftops, much to the dismay of her current boyfriend, the high-minded director, Darren Aronofsky.
From the time she shouted “I love your show!” to Kim across a hotel lobby, to the now infamous tent-turned-Kardashian shrine that she used to decompress on the set of mother!, Lawrence has willfully branded herself as the world’s most famous fan of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. So you better believe she jumped at the chance to grill the reality maven with the same dogged determination of a hardscrabble reporter who’s been working the celebrity beat for years.
Lawrence’s “utter obsession” with Kim was on full display when she unleashed a no-holds-barred line of questioning that only a true Kardashian acolyte could dream up. “Do you think it’s a coincidence that Reggie Bush’s wife looks just like you?” Lawrence began, about Kim’s ex-boyfriend and his doppelganger wife.
While most late night hosts would be asked to stick to a predetermined script built around whatever it is their guest came to plug that night — especially with someone whose persona is as carefully curated as Kim’s is — Lawrence had free reign to ask her deeply personal questions that only someone as famous (and disarming) as she is could really get away with.
Does Kim fart? (She doesn’t). Which of her exes is the craziest?(Kris Humphries is, according to Jen). Who would she rather sleep with, Donald Trump or Kim Jong Un? (Neither, obviously.)
If Lawrence seemed oddly comfortable meeting her favorite celebrity, it’s probably because these two cosmic forces have recently embarked on something of a genuine friendship. We learned that just two weeks ago, Lawrence was a guest at the Kardashian household for a dinner party thrown by family matriarch Kris Jenner. Once Lawrence was five martinis deep (Kim drank tea), she proceeded to disrobe in Kim’s closet so that Kanye West could “style” her (he didn’t). They even showed us a brief video of Lawrence and Jenner looking sauced to prove that this wasn’t some dream scenario that they had concocted for the sake of the segment.
If you think about it, the whole exercise was a fascinating window into the nature of fandom, celebrity and a host of other sociological talking points that if carefully considered, could teach us a lot about who we are and what we value.
But forget all that noise. What this really boils down to is a supremely pleasant, highly watchable 18 minutes between a girl from Kentucky and a girl from Beverly Hills who took very different paths to fame, and who are both very good at being famous.