Jennifer Lawrence's Snack Habits Almost Ruined Her American Hustle Dresses

Celebrities. They’re just like you and me. I mean, aside from their luxurious lifestyles fueled by the millions of dollars they earn for playing dress-up. But we’ve come to cling to Hunger Games sensation Jennifer Lawrence because she reminds us of our best friend, our neighbor… hell, she reminds us of ourselves, sometimes. She does the things we think that we would do in her situation (like tripping on our way up to the Oscar podium), and she says the things that we probably would say in high-profile situations.

For instance, we recently learned that the costume designers on David O. Russell’s Oscar-nominated American Hustle constructed four different versions of Lawrence’s curve-hugging dress – which the actress usually coated with Dorito cheese dust. Wipe your fingertips on your shirt and get a load of this quote from Oscar-nominated costume designer Michael Wilkinson, who spoke to Vanity Fair during an event at Diane von Furstenberg’s Journey of a Dress exhibit in Los Angeles:

I’m kind of glad we did [have extras] because Jennifer Lawrence is a very . . . let’s say . . . raw and intuitive young lady, and she’s not against eating Doritos and snack food in her costume. So we were glad that we had a couple [backups]."

Think of that as you are shoveling Munchies into your mouth on Super Bowl Sunday. You are just like Jennifer Lawrence!

Dorito crumbs weren’t the only stain drain plaguing the Hustle crew. Wilkinson tells of an interesting story where a dress they’d selected for Amy Adams arrived from a vintage shop with a wine stain on it already. Instead of scrapping the dress – which everyone adored – the costume designer explained that they wrote the wine stain into the story.

"It struck us that in the film, there’s the whole setup that [her character] takes clothes from the dry cleaner that have been left behind. We thought that we would come up with a back story to justify the stain. Someone left the dress at the dry cleaner, they couldn’t get the stain out. And it was Amy’s fortune that she got to keep the dress. She didn’t care about the stain because she felt like a million bucks in it, and Christian loved her in it."

And now I just want to go back and watch Hustle and look for food stains on the various costumes. Maybe Lawrence whipped up quick, tasty snacks in her "Science Oven?"

Wilkinson is all smiles because Hustle secured 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Director, every acting category, and – yes – achievement in Costume Design. For more on Wilkinson’s work, pour yourself a big bowl of Doritos and watch this clip. And Doritos, if you are reading, build an ad campaign around J-Law this instant. You’ll sell billions of delicious chips.

Sean O'Connell
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