We are best friends forever with Jennifer Lawrence. She might not know it, but we have appointed ourselves the role of braiding her hair*, helping her choose her outfits*, and giving her advice on guys*. Since the new Oscar winner is the most in-demand actress in Hollywood — and currently unattached — we decided to take some of the film world's most likely candidates and see how they stack up to our Jennifer.
We thinned the herd and rated the possibilities in our perfect search for our perfectly imperfect friend. Here are our best guesses for the best guy for our best pal Jen. Miss Lawrence, don't thank us — just remember our wedding invites when the time comes.
*This is just in our minds, okay? Please don't issue a restraining order.
Captain America is likable, handsome, and personable. And he's got an awful lot of cinematic clout. In fact, Chris Evans is the only actor who comes to mind who has played two separate superheroes: Fantastic Four's Johnny Storm and, obviously, The First Avenger. The Boston-born Evans seems like a fun enough guy...
But...he might be a little too good-looking for Jen, who is into more nuanced, less all-American guys, like her ex Nicholas Hoult.
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Like Edward and Bella, these two star-crossed Hunger Games
lovers would positively delight fans of Katniss and Peeta, and give the tabloids plenty to write about. Josh and Jennifer have reportedly become super close on the set of Hunger Games
, and, aww
, they are both Kentucky locals...
at 20, Josh is two years younger than Jennifer, which is all well and good, but we would venture that their relationship is one with which Jen is familiar
: The bond between a rascally little brother and his rambunctious big sis.
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The son of Jeremy is a heart-stopping looker with soul-piercing eyes, for sure, so we're sure Jen would be taken by his steely, icy blues. He's got the pedigree and he understands, much like Jennifer, what it's like to be — and be around —a true act-or
he's so serious! Maybe this is the impression his roles give us, but we have a hard time seeing the perfectly polished Max ever turning "into two perverted Homer Simpsons
" with anyone
. Jen needs someone to laugh with, at, and for her.
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Jamie Campbell Bower
Now, here is a guy Jen might be into: He's multifaceted (a singer and an actor), has done both independent film and blockbusters, and with his leading role in The Mortal Instruments, the teen drama of the year, he may be the next Robert Pattinson. He even has that slightly haunted, broad-faced vibe for which ex Nicholas Hoult is known. He just might be perfect...
But...he's dating Lily Collins, who we love almost as much as we love Jennifer. We'd totally send minions to break 'em up, if they weren't so darn cute.
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Anyone who saw Silver Linings Playbook
is secretly "shipping" for Brad and Jen (Omigosh, how weird
!), given all the chemistry the duo had in the film. Brad is hilarious, older, and clearly has a soft-spot for his lovely co-star. With Jen's fast-paced life, a more mature guy could be just the ticket...
real life is clearly not the movies. Despite how great their silver-screen chemistry was, the two have adamantly denied any sort of involvement — and seem like solidly good, real friends. Which is good, because B. Coop's reputation needs a little bit of rehabilitation
until we, as self-appointed BFFs of Jen, could even consider
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Just imagine, if you will, the delightful conversations these two would have. They would listen to records and maybe go out for milkshakes. They would have quiet, secret lives on which we'd want to spy. He'd be charmed by her brazen honesty and Southern grit, she'd appreciate his kindness and humor. It'd be dreamy...
But...just because we dream about it, doesn't make it a possibility. Secondly, JGL has kept his private life masterfully, well, private, so we honestly have no idea what's going on there. Also, he is just so adorable. Does Jennifer Lawrence do adorable? Doubtful.
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Logan Lerman grew up as an actor, and has put in serious time in some big movies, like Riding in Cars with Boys, 3:10 To Yuma, and most recently, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. His commitment to his craft has made him one to watch, and the young star has a busy schedule in '13 and '14. Also, Jen and Logan share a dubious connection: Both have worked with Mel Gibson...
But...Mel Gibson relation aside (awkward), Logan is young. Jennifer Lawrence has already had a Hollywood relationship, and we are guessing she's figured out how to negotiate the press/personal divide already, while Logan hasn't quite.
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If there was a television show that consisted simply of Donald Glover and Jennifer Lawrence just, you know, talking, it would be on the top of our DVR queue. Donald Glover isn't just a kick-ass funny guy who can write a mean tune — he's one good-looking dude, too. We love Tina Fey's anecdote about Don being the youngest kid on the 30 Rock writing team; which is reminiscent of Jennifer's young Oscar-nominated Winter's Bone role. Also, both stars are quick to quip about themselves, demonstrating their own unique brand of humility...
But...Donald Glover spends his whole life creating laughs. J. Lawr makes us laugh on the regular, but she spends a lot of time wrenching our hearts, too. With Don's pastiche of jobs and Jennifer's laser-sharp focus, these two might be just operating at different speeds.
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Jennifer Lawrence once told W Magazine
, "Where are the Robert Redfords and Paul Newmans of my age group? I love James Franco, but where’s the next James Franco?" Well, the next James Franco might be his kid brother, the adorable and confident Dave Franco. And he played the competing love interest with Nicholas Hoult in Warm Bodies
, so he must be used to sharing the spotlight with him...
But...we simply cannot escape the swath of mean-guy roles Dave has played: 21 Jump Street, Fright Night, Warm Bodies
, and Superbad
. It may be our fault. And would it be horrible to say that we may feel like his eyebrows are boring into our very souls? They are amazing, but they may indeed have a mind of their own.
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Joking aside, we are having such a fun time enjoying Jennifer's brilliant career that we couldn't care less what she is doing with her personal life, as long as she's enjoying herself. We are just having a good time playing matchmaker: A bright, energetic, supremely talented 22-year-old who just won one of acting's most prestigious awards probably has plenty on her plate, and, as her imaginary BFF, we always want the best for her, be it single, taken, straight, gay, Jack Nicholson
, or McDonald's french fries
, maybe she should just date Ryan Gosling?