Jennifer Lawrence’s Best Friend: This Is What It’s Like Going to Oscars with Her
By Daniel Gates | 2:46 pm, March 7th, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence took her best friend Laura Simpson as her “date” to the Oscars — the actress grabbed onto her during the infamous red carpet fall — and now Simpson has written about her experience in a charming essay for MySpace.
It’s called “I Went to the Oscars and Nobody Cared” and offers some great details about what it’s like to be a practically invisible civilian attending the Academy Awards next to one of the most famous people in the world.
Simpson writes, “How did I get invited to the 86th Academy Awards, you ask? Well, my best friend took me as her date. I met her seven years ago at an event where we both didn’t know a single person. We hit it off over a mutual respect for Chandler Bing, and we’ve been eating pizza together ever since.”
She goes on to describe what people don’t see on TV — such as the barricades to keep out dangerous protesters, and the guards “in head to toe camouflage with gigantic automatic weapons.”
Simpson describes her red carpet arrival alongside Lawrence:
As we exit the car, my date eats sh*t and uses my freshly done Lauren Conrad up do to break her fall. The crowd goes wild. There are flashbulbs and people circling yet no one asks if I need any help because unless you are famous at the Oscars, you are completely invisible. I have never experienced anything like it. The only time anyone talks to you is if you are in the way of his or her photo.
The highlights of Simpson’s essay may be her interactions with the countless other celebrities in attendance.
“Jessica Biel holds the door open for me and compliments my dress — no human being should be allowed to have her face and body,” notes Simpson, who also got to see Margot Robbie’s “Kardashian-sized diamond ring [while] in line for the toilet.”
After Lawrence’s category, the two pals decide to watch the rest of the telecast in the green room, “where the presenters and winners are hanging out and it’s pretty jarring.”
Some guy picks up my purse that had fallen off my seat and I say ‘Thank you… Channing Tatum‘ and my dress gets caught on Jennifer Garner and we awkwardly laugh and someone tries to separate us. The lovely pregnant Kerry Washington asks me if she could have the Slim Jim in my purse. Glenn Close shows us her Oscar secret, which is a handmade corset and a dress long enough to hide her comfortable shoes. [Lawrence] is sashaying around the room being crazy fabulous and I am one of maybe two non-famous people there. I kind of just sit there and smile creepily when someone catches me staring — shout out to Penelope Cruz.
Then she met Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie:
[He] smells amazing, like nothing I’ve ever smelled. Eventually we ask what cologne he’s wearing and he tells us, ‘I don’t wear cologne, it’s just my musk I guess.’ I have to choose not to believe him because it would just be unfair to mankind. Angelina is gorgeous and elegant and they are like The Sun and The Moon.
Overall, while Simpson describes the experience as “exhausting, overwhelming and surreal,” it sounds like she had a good time among the Hollywood elite.
“I think what I took most away from the evening was how lovely all the women were,” she writes. “Actresses tend to get a bad reputation but every woman I met was lovely, witty and introduced themselves to me even though I wasn’t famous — even Anne Hathaway.”
What do you think about Simpson’s essay?