Jennifer Lawrence: “I Always Knew That I Was Going to Be Famous”

Jennifer Lawrence on the September issue of Vogue
Jennifer Lawrence tells Vogue she "always knew" she was going to be famous but is "going through a meltdown" about her worldwide fame Mario Testino/Vogue

Jennifer Lawrence's name was destined to end up in lights. Growing up in Louisville, Ky., the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook actress never planned to be famous — but she somehow knew she would be anyway.

"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. But I always knew that I was going to be famous," Lawrence, 23, reveals in the September issue of Vogue, for which she was shot by photographer Mario Testino.

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"I honest to God don't know how else to describe it," the cover girl continues. "I used to lie in bed and wonder, 'Am I going to be a local TV person? Am I going to be a motivational speaker?' It wasn't a vision. But as it's kind of happening, you have this buried understanding: Of course."

That said, Lawrence still struggles with the idea of living her life in the public eye. "I'm just really starting to feel like a monkey in a zoo," she admits.

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"I teeter on seeming ungrateful when I talk about this, but I'm kind of going through a meltdown about it lately," she explains of her massive fame, which is likely to grow even more with the release of this year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. "All of a sudden the entire world feels entitled to know everything about me, including what I'm doing on weekends when I'm spending time with my nephew. And I don't have the right to say, 'I'm with my family.'"

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"I am just not okay with it," she says. "It's as simple as that. 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. I'm not going to find peace with it."

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