14 Huge Roles You Didn’t Know Jennifer Lawrence Almost Played

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It’s hard to believe that there was a time when Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t a household name. Yet, surprisingly, that time wasn’t that long ago. Think about it: prior to her Oscar-nominated role in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, she was relatively unheard of. And even after that, a lot of people were still like, “Who?”

That’s probably why she was turned down for so many huge opportunities in the past, including parts in what turned out to be some of the biggest blockbusters and teen television series of all time, like The Twilight Saga and Gossip Girl.

Of course, that all changed in the years that followed: She starred in X-Men: First Class in 2011… the same year she was cast as the coveted part of Katniss Everdeen in the book-to-movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, which hit theaters in 2012… the same year she appeared in Silver Linings Playbook, which earned her an Oscar in 2013… which is the same year — You know what? You get the idea.

After catching her big break, it was Jennifer who started turning the movie studios down. Hey, she’s a busy woman!

To find out all those aforementioned times when Jennifer auditioned for a role and failed, as well as the times she was wanted by everyone but couldn’t make ’em all happy, you know what you need to do: