The 16 Best Things Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper Have Said About Each Other

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There aren't many actors — aside from those in a comedy troupe or a mega-franchise — who choose to work together, film after film, with rather consistent success. To the ranks of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, we can now add Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Joy, which comes out in theaters December 25, marks their fourth movie together, and it doesn't sound like it will be their last.

It started off organically: While they were making director David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence was reading the script for Serena and told her co-star he should do the film. Then, long before Serena was released to less-than-spectacular reviews, they reteamed with Russell for American Hustle. Many forget that they don't actually have any scenes together in that '70s-set romp, but they have established themselves, along with Robert De Niro, as part of Russell's core ensemble. So, their reunion for Joy seems somewhat inevitable.

The way the public imagination works, Lawrence and Cooper's repeated on-screen partnership has automatically led some to assume that they're hooking up offscreen. What's endlessly amusing is just how many ways the press has come up with to ask them that question, and how many more ways they've found to say, "Nooooo!" At the same time, they also compliment each other's talent and personalities nonstop. We all should be so lucky in our work spouse. Here are some of the best things Jen and Coop have said about each other.
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Late-Night Coworkers

"[Jennifer is] the person you want on set with you at 4:00 in the morning when you're losing your mind."

— Cooper in Rolling Stone, April 2012
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Clearly They Can't Stand Each Other

"We are not in a relationship. I hate him!"

— Lawrence to CityTV at the Toronto Film Festival, September 2012
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Thanks, Coach

"Bradley, you're incredible, and you made me better every single day."

— Lawrence, accepting Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes, January 2013
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The Heartbreaker

"Bradley, the first time we ever did a scene together, you took my breath away. And the first time that I saw the movie, you broke my heart and put it back together."

— Lawrence, accepting Best Actress in a Comedy at the Critics Choice Awards, January 2013
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Matchmaker, Matchmaker

"I feel like all I've been doing lately is setting him up... I told him, 'You know what? I'm going to save time. I'm going to get you a booklet of pictures of my friends, and you just go through and pick them out.' Because this is getting exhausting for me."

— Lawrence to MTV and VH1 at the Oscars, February 2013
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So That's Why They're Not Together

"After the second take [Lawrence] said, 'You're a wet kisser.' You don't want to hear that. It was not a compliment."

— Cooper on The Graham Norton Show, May 2013
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Dripping With Talent

"Both David and I had the opportunity to work with Jennifer on Silver Linings Playbook, and we were sort of amazed at this creature's ability to be a young girl and this very wise, older person at the same time, and [have] an effortless way of being on set and in the scene, and how talent just drips off of her."

— Cooper at the Berlin International Film Festival, February 2014
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Wait, Did He Have Any Choice In The Matter?

"I forced him to come onto the movie. I mean, any male role is going to make me think of Bradley because in my opinion, he's the best, and I love working with him."

— Lawrence at the Cinema Society screening of Serena, March 2015
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The Best

"I respect her so much as a professional, as an actor, and I think she's the best there is. And I just learn from her. You always want to work with people that are better than you."

— Cooper at the Cinema Society screening of Serena, March 2015
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How Are They Like A Married Couple?

"We bicker all the time and we don't have sex!... If you do, like, enough movies with somebody, everybody's like, 'Oh, well, they're dating, obviously!'"

— Lawrence to Extra, March 2015
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You Go, Girl

"I love strong women. That's a very attractive thing."

— Cooper to Entertainment Tonight, reacting to Lawrence's Lenny piece, October 2015
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They Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Together

"It just didn't happen. It's not the way we are together."

— Cooper on Howard Stern, October 2015
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Like A Bro

"David made us a bizarre kind of form of siblings, in a way."

— Lawrence on Nightline, December 2015
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It All Started With That Dance

"I feel very safe [with Lawrence]. I can turn my brain off as an actor. I think, having to learn that dance routine [in 2012's Silver Linings Playbook], we really didn't know each other at all. Talk about being vulnerable with somebody."

— Cooper on Nightline, December 2015
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Now They Need Each Other

"And Coop and I have…there's like a reaction. I had to do one scene where I was on the phone with his character. If it was any other actor in the whole world, I would have just had the script supervisor read [the dialogue]. But I knew I would act differently if it was with Bradley. So I forced him to wake up and read the scene with me on the phone."

— Lawrence in The New York Times, December 2015
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Keep In Touch, Kids

"It's one of those things — we don't really talk that much, I don't see her that much, but when we do, it's like no time has passed."

— Cooper on Extra, December 2015

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