Lori Petty Recounts Her Then Discovery of Jennifer Lawrence as “A Star in the Making”


Lori Petty from “A League of Their Own”, “Tank Girl”, and “Point Break”, makes a comeback after a long hiatus from the industry. She is now back on the screen and can be viewed by her waiting fans in the 2 season of “Orange is the New Black”, which has now been more popularly coined as “OINTB”.

Petty, now 50 years old, decided to be at the other side of the camera, and directed her feature debut in 2008, “The Poker House”. It was in this movie that she discovered “The Hunger Games Trilogy” star Jennifer Lawrence. At that point, Petty immediately knew that Lawrence was a star in the making.

Petty told The Daily Best during an interview, “I cast her in her first film.” She further added, “Look, she deserves one hundred percent of her success, period. In addition to that, I think I passed along 25 years of experience of being an actress to her.” Petty continued her statement with, “She’s amazing and the camera loves her, and that’s why I cast her.”

She also recounted how she felt when she first saw “Titanic” actor Leonardo DiCaprio, “It’s like when I first saw Leo DiCaprio in ‘This Boy’s Life.’ We were editing ‘A League of Their Own” and De Niro [Robert De Niro] and them were editing ‘This Boy’s Life’ next door. Me and Penny [Penny Marshall] were inseparable because I wanted to absorb everything she was doing, so I’d go to post-production with her. So De Niro comes in and goes, ‘You’ve got to see this kid.’ So we went into the room and saw some unedited scenes with DiCaprio and both went, ‘There’s another movie star.'”

Lawrence, or JLaw as netizens put it, is not the only young star Petty discovered. She also cast “Kick Ass” star in “The Poker House”.

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