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Jennifer Lawrence is one of the biggest stars and most acclaimed actresses working today. Ever since she announced her arrival in 2010's Winter's Bone, the actress has been a major part of the Hollywood landscape. But the days of her being ever-present on cinema screens seems to be coming to an end, at least for a little while. Jennifer Lawrence has announced she is taking a year off from acting to try and use her celebrity to do some good. The actress will be working to help reform our political process by getting people engaged, as she explained:
I'm going to take the next year off. I'm going to be working with this organization I'm a part of Represent.Us. It's just trying to get young people engaged politically, you know on a local level. It doesn't have anything to do with partisan. It's just anti-corruption and stuff trying to pass state by state laws that can help prevent corruption, fix our democracy.
Jennifer Lawrence has never been shy about espousing her political beliefs in the past and now it looks like she will be using her celebrity to take action and make a difference. As the actress told ET, the organization she will be working with, Represent.Us is a non-partisan non-proft organization that aims to stop corruption. The mission of the organization is to bring together people of all political stripes to engage in the process and help pass anti-corruption laws to outlaw bribery and end secret money to fix the election process. Jennifer Lawrence is a member of the non-profit's Creative Council along with other industry names like Rachel McAdams, Kerry Washington and J.J. Abrams.
Part of what people love about Jennifer Lawrence is her candor. Whether it be her self-awareness, honesty or willingness to speak her mind, the actress has often been a refreshing contrast from the canned and carefully crafted images many public figures display. So naturally, using her celebrity to get people engaged politically should come as no surprise to fans of the actress. While many often tell Hollywood celebrities or sports figures to stick to their occupation and stay out of politics, these people are in a unique position to use their fame to fight for things they believe in. In theory being against corruption should be something everyone can agree upon and hopefully the actress can make a difference in this aim.
A year off could also be restorative for the actress, who has been a constant presence in Hollywood for some time. Since Winter's Bone she has vacillated between huge blockbuster franchises like X-Men and The Hunger Games and more prestige fare like Silver Linings Playbook, which earned her her first Oscar and launched her career into the stratosphere. It will be interesting to see if any other actresses break through in the next year and what Jennifer Lawrence will do after she makes her inevitable return.
But fret not J.Law fans, the actress still has some movies in the can to entertain you in 2018. You can next see Jennifer Lawrence playing an entirely different, far more dangerous political game in Francis Lawrence's Red Sparrow, in theaters on March 2nd. Then she returns to the X-Men franchise as Mystique in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, in theaters on November 2nd.