Is Finding True Love All In Your Head/

An Interview with Dawn Maslar

By Howard Brody

Dawn Maslar, M.S., is an award-winning author based in South Florida who has worked as a biology professor at Broward College, Nova Southeastern University, and Kaplan University.  She is the go-to authority on the science of love.

Voted one of the Top 20 Most Followed Dating Experts on Twitter and Best 28 Dating, Marriage and Relationship Blogs to follow in the United Kingdom, Maslar is also a contributing author at, comprised of writers who are leading experts in the field of scientific relationship research.

Maslar, whose first book “From Heartbreak to Heart’s Desire: Developing a Healthy GPS (Guy Picking System)” was 

published in 2010, is a TEDx speaker on “How Your Brain Falls in Love.” She also worked with the TED Education division to create their Science of Attraction video. 

For those who are unfamiliar with TED, it should be noted that it is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas in communities around the world, usually in the form of short, powerful speeches. TEDx events are independently run.

Maslar’s work has been featured on South Florida Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune and National Public Radio.  Her online videos have had more than 2 million views.

In addition to her writing, Maslar has created The Great Love Experiment; a fun show she does at colleges, comedy clubs and singles events, where audience members learn about the science of love by participating on stage in research reenactments.

Striplv recently sat down with The Love Biologist to get the skinny on attraction, lust and finding true love.

STRIPLV:  What prompted you to write a book like this?  Did you write it because of a personal experience? 

MASLAR:  I was a biology professor attracted to the wrong men.  I was chasing after a bad boy biker in a band.  After I had my heart broken a few times, I realized I needed to change.  That’s where my first book came from.  After I wrote the first book, I started doing talks and workshops.  In those, the same questions kept coming up.  How does love work?  How long should you wait to have sex?  Can love last?  Since I had access to all the research on the subject, I started looking.  I spent five years piecing together the research in a comprehensive way.  That’s what this book does.

STRIPLV:  In your new book, you state that there are four phases of love.  Can you explain that?

MASLAR:  The four phases are based on the neurological changes that occur.  The first phase is attraction, which doesn’t have much to do with love.  The second phase is the dating phase, where you build the neurotransmitters up to falling in love.  The third phase is falling in love, and the fourth is true love.

STRIPLV:  Is there really such as thing as “true love”?

MASLAR:  Well “true love” is kind of like a misnomer – like when people say true love is two people that are meant to be.  And what I mean by “true love” is that you actually get your brain back, so you’re making a decision to be in a loving relationship.  When you fall in love it’s like a “brain fog”... so on the fourth stage that’s where it’s really true love, where you’ve got all your faculties in, and you’re making a decision if you’re in this or not.

STRIPLV:  So, now you’re thinking straight and saying to yourself, “Okay!  This is something I really want to be in”?

MASLAR:  Correct! 

STRIPLV:  You mentioned that attraction is more subconscious.  Can you explain that? 

MASLAR:  Attraction is based on your senses.  Your eyes, ears, nose, taste buds and skin all make a judgment as to if you are attracted or not. 

STRIPLV:  How does your nose judge attraction?

MASLAR:  Women sense for a protein molecule called Major Histocompatibility Complex.  It’s part of your immune system.  We are most attracted to people of an opposite immune system.  Women are also attracted to a metabolite of testosterone.  The greater his level, the greater the attraction tends to be.  A man, on the other hand, is attracted to women that are producing copulins.  This is a pheromone women produce when they ovulate.
STRIPLV:  If this is the case, how does this apply to gay men and women?  Are gay men attracted to testosterone while gay women are attracted to copulins?  Or do the rules not apply here?
MASLAR:  From what I understand gay men are attracted to testosterone, but I’m not exactly sure about the copulins in gay women.  I don’t know if anybody has researched that. 

STRIPLV:  So there is a difference between what men find attractive and what women find attractive?

MASLAR:  Men have 25% more neurons in his visual cortex, so he tends to place more emphasis on looks.  When are also initially attracted to looks, but other factors quickly come into play.

STRIPLV:  Such as?
MASLAR:  Well, attraction is just the first part.  It tells your body to pay attention.  And then you start evaluating the person; that’s the dating phase.  As you’re getting to learn to trust them, finding out about them, seeing if you have similarities, those types of things are coming into play.  A person’s answer to those can either be to continue with the attraction and possibly fall in love or stop it.  So if you find something during that phase that you don’t trust about the guy, it can be over really quick.
STRIPLV:  Does that also refer to men with regards to women?
MASLAR:  Yes, absolutely.
STRIPLV:  So it’s not gender-specific?
MASLAR:  A woman builds up oxytocin, that’s the trust hormone, but a man is actually looking for … well, there’s an underlying fear that is in every species of males, and that is the fear of cuckoldry, which is the cheating spouse and it’s often a subconscious fear.  We know it exists in other species because they have this thing called mate guarding, which is a way of protecting against the unfaithful partner.  We see it with humans too.  Back in the day, they had things like chastity belts, high walls to keep the women in, and some even believe that marriage might be a form of mate guarding.
STRIPLV:  You call falling in love ‘temporary insanity.’ Why?
MASLAR:  Because when you fall in love, your neurotransmitters go haywire.  Your hormone of happiness, serotonin drops.  Your stress hormone cortisol skyrockets. And parts of your brain deactivate.

STRIPLV:  Do you believe that some women fall in love because society has programmed them that they would be unfulfilled if they are not in love with someone?

MASLAR:  Love is one of our strongest biological desires, so I doubt societal pressures have much effect.

STRIPLV: Have you ever found that people will force themselves to be in love?

MASLAR:  At the last phase of true love, love becomes a conscious decision.  So, yes, you can decide to practice love.
STRIPLV: Do you think there is any truth to the notion that women fall in love while men fall in lust?  Do women fall in ‘lust’ too?

MASLAR: Both men and women can fall into lust.  I call that love at first sight.  The problem is once it becomes sexual, women can fall in love for real.  Men, on the other hand, don’t tend to fall in love with sex.
STRIPLV:  Why do you think divorces happen?

MASLAR: Divorces can happen when your brain comes back, and critical judgment returns, or, when two people grow apart.
STRIPLV:  Why does the experience of ‘falling in love’ end?

MASLAR: Yes, but there is a longer lasting feeling of true love.  It’s not as crazy.

STRIPLV:  Is this the same thing as ‘falling out of love’?

MASLAR: It could be.  It depends on how you respond to the change.

STRIPLV: Is it possible to love two people equally?

MASLAR: I don’t think so.  The research shows that a man’s testosterone drops when he commits to one woman.
STRIPLV: So how do you explain men and women who are married but have extramarital affairs for multiple years or even multiple families?  Is that just an anomaly?
MASLAR: The thing about it is that often the affair is not really love.  What we see, when a man commits to a woman, one woman, his testosterone drops.  And you asked me before about gays and lesbians, well, the same thing happens with lesbians.  When she commits to a woman her testosterone drops.  The weird part is when a man commits to a man it has no effect on his testosterone.  I don’t know what the biological significance is, but that’s what we see.  But it only happens with one woman and when it does his testosterone level blocks the effects of oxytocin, which is the bonding hormone.  So when it drops, he’s more likely to bond.

STRIPLV: In your experience, do people confuse love and sex?

MASLAR: That initial attraction is lust.  But, we call it love at first sight.

STRIPLV: Twice now you’ve referred to lust as “love at first sight.”  Why do you say they are the same?

MASLAR: It’s not necessarily the same.  Lust is lust, and it doesn’t necessarily lead to love at first sight.  The problem is when you confuse love at first sight with lust.  A lot of people think if I walk into a room and I see a guy or a girl, and my heart starts beating fast, and my pupils dilate, and I feel dizzy, it’s got to be love and they jump into this magical relationship, and unfortunately, it’s just love at first sight – it’s norepinephrine – a fight or flight response, which is meant to be temporary.  For them to continue to feel those emotions they have to create drama.  The classic example is Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee.  They met and married within 96 hours.  They had a truly rocky relationship, and it ended a few years later with Tommy Lee spending four months in jail for domestic violence.
STRIPLV:  Why do you believe long-term love is based on what you learned when you fell in love?

MASLAR: When you fall in love, parts of your brain deactivate.  Critical judgment and anxiety decrease.  We look at the best in the other person.  We stay in love if we continue to practice that.

STRIPLV:  Do you follow the rules of your research.  In other words, do you practice what you preach?

MASLAR: Of course! I practice being loving every day.



Dane Dehaan - 4 Questions

Dane Dehaan gets the unique opportunity to distance himself from The Amazing Spiderman shackles and put Harry Osborne aside for a moment and immerse himself in this new horror film from iconic filmmaker Gore Verbinski.  Verbinski himself inhabited a very different genre since his iconic movie “The Ring debuted in 2002.  He blazed through many blockbuster titles in the following years including major ones like Pirates of The Caribbean, and the not so well received Lone Ranger movies.  In A Cure For Wellness Dehaan plays a young corporate executive that is sent to a mysterious wellness center in the Swiss Alps to retrieve his company’s CEO.  It is a psychological horror thriller that will make you think twice before booking your next spa vacation.  It is reminiscent of Misery when you see the main character played by Dehaan wake up in the wellness center after breaking his leg, and then you realize something is very wrong.  Leaving the place is going to be easier said than done.  Bizarre treatments to “cure” the residents at this twisted spa retreat conjure up gothic imagery, and spine-tingling terror.  It seems that this recently released horror film might just be what fans of Verbinski’s have been waiting for since The Ring.  We sat down with this actor to ask him four questions about what is was like to create this visually stunning and frightening movie.

STRIPLV:  So there are a lot of terrifying ordeals your character is put through, without giving too much away, can you tell us a little about the filming of these sequences?

DEHAAN:  Yeah, it was just that every day was really crazy and terrifying, and often times torturous.  Yeah, I go through a lot of crazy spa treatments.  Spent a lot of time with the cast; it was just a wild, crazy adventure, just like the film.

STRIPLV:  What do you think the film says about society’s obsession with health and wealth?

DEHAAN:  Well I believe that it asks a lot of questions.  If there’s a cure for wellness, then there’s a sickness.  Lockhart, my character, inhabits and has the symptoms of working tirelessly, but only for his personal gain, wealth, and power.  What good is that doing to him, as well as society?  The answer probably is, no good at all.

STRIPLV:  Since the film is beautiful, can you tell us a little bit about the locations you shot?

DEHAAN:  Yeah, we shot all around Germany.  We were in Switzerland and the Swiss Alps for a week.  We shot this castle called “Hohenzollern Castle,” which is the exterior of the spa in the movie, and it’s a beautiful castle on top of a mountain; almost looks like the peak of a mountain.  So it was cool to be able to travel around and see Germany

STRIPLV:  Do you look at the water the same, after the making of this movie?

DEHAAN:  I definitely don’t look at spas the same.  Even coming here today, I saw an advertisement for a spa that really wanted to come off as wonderful, but probably now because I’m doing press for the movie, it just kind of looked creepy to me.




French-born actress Marion Cotillard, also a musician and singer-songwriter was born into a family of performers and seemed destined for the spotlight.  At the young age of 16, she made the decision to become a professional actress and moved to Paris to pursue her dream.  The dream materialized, and Marion went on to star in over 40 different French films, but her most iconic role was in La Vie En Rose in which Cotillard starred as the fallen French singer Edith Piaf that catapulted her into international fame.  The President of France heralded her performance, and she went on to take home both a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award for the role.  It was the first time in years that a film with foreign dialog took home the Oscar.  She embodies her characters that she plays so intensely that you might not even recognize her on the red carpet.  This star is usually immersed in her work, and not too much with the fame that goes along with her job.  

Unfortunately, before her new film Allied was released she was pulled into the divorce drama between Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.  Rumors swirled that the steamy chemistry between Cotillard and Pitt was the reason the couple was splitting up.  Marion vehemently denies all these claims and has maintained that the drama was something she had nothing to do with.  Like any great artist, she wants the focus to be her work, and this movie is a beautiful story.  

Allied takes place in the middle of World War II.  Cotillard and Pitt play undercover agents posing as a happily married couple.  During all the chaos and the danger of being caught the two find themselves falling in love for real.  Legendary Director Robert Zemeckis and writer Steven Knight bring the dramatic love story to life.

STRIPLV:  What attracted you to the film Allied?

COTILLARD:  When I read the script, I wanted to see the movie, and I thought that it was such a beautiful love story, very deep and powerful. It has this spirit of old movies, and I liked that, and knowing it would be directed by a visionary like Bob Zemeckis made the project even more exciting.

STRIPLV:  What makes the film such a thriller?

COTILLARD:  It is, at the same time, very entertaining and it examines what your choices are in extreme situations like war.  Especially when your work is being a spy, and pretending that you’re someone you’re not.  In the beginning of the movie, both characters (Marianne Beauséjour and Max Vatan) are spies that meet, and they don’t know anything about each other.  They have to pretend to be this loving couple, and it turns into this very extreme situation that war creates. 

STRIPLV:  What was it like to work with director Robert Zemeckis?

COTILLARD:  He’s a really big part of my desire to be an actress.  I’ve watched all of his movies, and I like what he wanted to tell with this story.  When we first met, he said, “You know, I’m not used to telling love stories like this one.  This is new for me.”  So, it was even more exciting to see him be very honest and so committed to something he was not used to doing and deliver spot on.  We had three weeks where we sat together with Brad Pitt and Bob, with Steven Knight and Graham King.  Steven Knight, who had written this amazing script, and we had a nice period of time where we could get to know each other, get to understand what we really wanted to say throughout this movie.  I was fascinated with him (Zemeckis) on set because all of the movies he’s directed in the past.  He’s been a big part of creating and changing cinema with his films. 

STRIPLV:  How would you describe your character, Marianne Beauséjour?

COTILLARD:  She’s very complex.  She’s very mysterious, but she’s a woman in love.  So, that makes her kind of simple too.  

STRIPLV:  What was your experience reading the script for the first time?

COTILLARD:  I’d read the script a little more than four years ago and I fell in love with the story.   I fell in love with the characters and I was so happy to be apart of the project.

STRIPLV:  What was it like working with Brad Pitt to bring these characters to life?

COTILLARD:  Well, we had the chance to work for almost three weeks together before we started shooting.  It’s something that’s really amazing and that is not that common to have that much time to prepare and get to know each other.  We got to talk about the script a lot, and share our thoughts, and it was wonderful. 

STRIPLV:  How important was costume design in building the characters and the story?

COTILLARD:  Of course on any movie costumes are very important, even if you’re wearing a t-shirt and jeans.  As a kid I dreamt about movies like this, watching American movies from the 40’s and 50’s, and the glamor of that era.  Being a part of a movie like this is what I dreamt about from a young age and it was very special.




By Brittany Santos

With over seven million albums sold to date and five gold albums to his credit Gary Allan is a force of nature in the country music scene.  His last Album Set You Free debuted at number one on the Billboard country chart and the Billboard 200.  And his fans?  They are a fiercely loyal crowd. In fact, recently Gary surprised one of his female fans when he learned she was seeing him perform a record three hundred times.  He invited her backstage and where he and her friends had some cake, and he gave her a custom piece of jewelry that he had made.  Gary has a store in Nashville, Tennessee and when he was walking around town sizing up what competing stores were selling he realized that the silver pieces seemed to be selling well.  He took it upon himself to learn the craft of jewelry making, molding, casting and designing his own unique pieces.

This southern California Native has country music running through his veins.  The first band that he was ever in was his father's.  He performed with him and did solo gigs on the side, and at the age of fifteen Nashville came calling, and Gary scored his very first record deal.  When his father heard about the deal, he refused to cosign it and squashed the deal for his son.  He told him "If I let you have a record contract right now you are going to do whatever they say and you'll get chewed up and spit out.  If you just develop and figure out who you are a little bit, then you'll last longer."  At first, Gary was understandably upset and promptly quit his father's band.  At age, Twenty-two Gary realized his Dad was right, and this time when he signed he was ready to take on the country music scene.  His maturity gave him what he felt was the confidence to perform.  "I didn't have to think about how to sing a song anymore.  You could just give me a song, and I could do it."

His throngs of fans are glad he developed his smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics, and also the soul searching he helps them feel through his music.  He uses his music to get through whatever life throws at him, and it's been a lot.  Gary had a platinum record under his belt and his legions of fans loved him when he met the love of his life on an airplane ride.  Her name was Angela, and she was his flight attendant on the trip.  The pair quickly fell in love and soon they were moving into a big home in Nashville.  They each had three kids from previous relationships, and they all moved in together Brady Bunch style.  At first, it was a happy marriage.  The families blended and everything seemed wonderful.  Then Gary's wife Angela began developing these debilitating migraines.  The doctors prescribed numerous medications hoping to get her over these crippling headaches.  She became drawn, sad, depressed during this time.  And on October 25th in 2004 Gary realized how bad her depression had become.  She was having a particularly bad day, and Gary knew he should stay by her side.  Angela told him her throat was very dry and would he mind getting her a coke from the fridge.  Gary, of course, wanted to help and when he left the room, Angela crawled out of bed and got their gun from their safe and put it in her mouth.  Gary was devastated and broken.  He pulled it together for his children and eventually got back to his music. 

He has spoken in many interviews that he uses the process of writing, recording, and creating his records as a form of therapy.  We asked him what is he going through in the new album that he is writing.  He said "You know good stuff I feel like lately; I feel like songs that I've written are more positive.  Pretty much the albums I write seem to reflects wherever I'm at mentally.  If I'm going through something, it's like when my wife died every day was therapy you get to ask all the questions and turn over every emotion that you are having.  Whatever I'm going through it helps me work it out."  Gary came out about his wife's suicide and her depression on The Oprah Winfrey show hoping that by sharing his story maybe he could help someone that might be going through the same thing.  Visit his Facebook page today, and you can see that his continued therapy in the studio has touched many hearts and have helped his fans get through tough times in their own lives.  When asked how this makes him feel Gary said "Big, that's why I do it.  When I play live I love to look out into the audience you can see the people that are crying and watch the memories wash over them.  Usually, if you've been through a lot of heartaches you like my stuff, and that's because I had a lot of heartaches when I wrote my stuff."

On his latest tour, he and his band have retooled the set list.  Making a mix of things they haven't played and of course peppered with his hit songs the fans want to hear.  He told STRIPLV that when he visits our town, he has so many family, and friends out this way he doesn't have time to do much of anything.  But he did share a great story about visiting our city when he was a teenager.  "When I was like fourteen to seventeen my best friend's dad was the general manager of The Stardust Casino.  This is like the late seventies and early eighties, and we'd stay at The Stardust.  His Dad lived on the top floor and he'd go down and tell the pit bosses that we could gamble and give us coupons so we could gamble and win real money back.  Then we'd go see the late show.  It was always topless, and he always gave us the VIP High Roller table up front.  It absolutely ruined me as a kid.  I knew that I wasn't working nine to five and there wasn't anything happening before noon that I couldn't miss.  It was the stuff after midnight that I was missing out on."

With a career in music that spans over Twenty-one years, Gary Allan has toured with and met so many celebrities throughout the course of his time as a country superstar.  I couldn't help but wonder when the last time was that this country crooner got star-struck.  "You know I don't really get star-struck.  Recently I got to perform with Steven Tyler; I didn't get hang out with him or anything, but that was pretty cool.  Right when I first got a deal I was on George Straits record label, and I would avoid him because he was one of my favorites, and I was afraid that if he was an ass, I'd have to go and throw away all of his records.  And I said that to him one day after everyone had left and I said Hey George you might have noticed that I've been avoiding you. And I told him it was because I was afraid if you were an idiot I'd have to throw away all your records.  He laughed then said, Man I know what you mean, I was on Ray Prices tour and I don't think he knew I was there for like three years.  I was so upset."  (Laughter)

Country music according to Gary Allan is about Monday through Friday and pop music is about the weekends.  "It's for the everyday hard working stiff.  You are dealing with life with country music, and we like whiskey."  (Laughing)  When asked about the moment when he realized that playing music was actually something he could make money at Gary said; "It probably took about two years of me having a deal with a record label for me to say you know what, maybe I can pull this off.  It is a magical thing.  I worked an eight-hour shift and then went out at night to play music for free.  For somebody to tell me I could make money off the part I did for free was a pretty incredible thing in my life."

How should someone prepare for seeing a Gary Allan show live for the first time? Allan replied, "Grab a couple of shots of something you like, and then get ready."

The touring will continue in the New Year, and the force that is Gary Allan will keep on keeping on including all of his charitable contributions.  He organized a donate and download campaign in conjunction with The Red Cross and his monster hit "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" to donate to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.  Allan was scheduled to perform in Atlantic City when the storm hit New Jersey.  He also continues to share the magic with a recent fundraiser in honor of Sharon Eaves a long-time friend and president of his fan club for over Twenty years.  They were able to donate over $25,000 to St. Jude's in a memorial to her.  The moral of this story is if you find the magic and create a career like Gary has it's only fitting that you spread that magic and share it with the world.  Judging from the love and loyalty of his fans, Gary is going to be able to share that magic for quite some time.  




Chris Pratt has come a long way from working at a Bumba Gump Shrimp Company.  It was at that job he met Rae Don Chong.  She saw him waiting tables at the Maui restaurant, and when she saw him, she immediately cast him in her movie that she was directing.  That job landed Pratt who grew up in Washington state right in the middle of Hollywood.  The movie wasn’t successful, but it gave casting directors an introduction to this soon to be next level movie star.  

Early on, he was best known as the kinda chubby guy from the television series “Parks and Recreation.”  But then Pratt landed the opportunity to read for the Marvel franchise “Guardians of The Galaxy.”  The casting director wasn’t too keen on the idea of hiring him for the part until he heard him read for it.  Immediately he knew he’d found his Star-Lord.  His handsome good looks and comedic timing are endearing and seem to charm both men and women alike.  

Pratt’s latest film Passengers is a science fiction action adventure sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.  We sat down with Pratt to ask this comedic action hero about working on the film and what it was like to work on a project of this scale.

STRIPLV:  Who is traveling on the Avalon?

PRATT:  There are about 5,000 passengers on the Avalon traveling to this new planet called “Homestead Two.”  The travel in hibernation pods; essentially, exactly what it sounds like; a cocoon, which each of these passengers has kept in a state of suspended animation where they don’t age, where they don’t grow, they just stop all metabolic function.  His pod malfunctions and he wakes up, you know, 90 years early.

STRIPLV:  What are your thoughts on the Arthur?

PRATT:  It was a tricky dynamic, I think, to figure out how “human” Arthur should be because we are far into the future, at least far enough to create a fusion drive; to be able to travel at light-speed and have suspended animation.  I mean these are technologies that are available to us, so you have to assume we’ve made some pretty great leaps in artificial intelligence.  So, it was, I think Michael did a incredible job with the help of Morten, determined just how “human” he’d make this android character, and just enough so that Jim would often forget that Arthur isn’t a human.

STRIPLV:  What was it like reading the script the first time?

PRATT:  When I read the script, I couldn’t believe that I was given the opportunity to be in this movie.  Sometimes, you read a script and it just grabs hold of you and does not let go.  I was not going to let anyone else play Jim; that part was mine. The minute I read it, I wanted it and that was going to be how it was.  I’m so fortunate that it came together like it did.

STRIPLV:  Were you impressed by the set?

PRATT:  I’m a huge fan of talent and when I see the sets that the people on this crew have built.  You can’t help but be in awe.  There’s a lot of really talented artists working on this movie; hundreds and hundreds of people so far and that’s not even counting the post-production process, which itself could be another beast.  Yeah, I’ll be forever impressed by the magnitude of this type of a movie.

STRIPLV:  What can audiences expect?

PRATT:  This is the kind of movie that is going to blow you away.  I think that’s what you like in movies.  Movies can be entertaining, movies can be scary, they’re entertainment, and that’s okay, but sometimes a movie will blow you away, and I think that’s this movie.

STRIPLV:  What do you think about the lighting in the film?

PRATT:  You’re able to create a lighting scheme and design on a movie like this like you never could without LED technology.  With the amount of light and the beautiful ambient light that looks nice to the eye; you would have burnt the stage to the ground if you had to all of that with old, tungsten style light bulbs and because it’s all LED, every single shot is going to be amazing in its beauty.

STRIPLV:  How was it to work with Laurence Fishburne?

PRATT:  It was thrilling to get to work with him.  It’s another great example of working with someone that you can learn a lot from.  He’s been in the business forever, he’s got a booming voice and a strong presence, knows exactly what he wants and he’s a terrific actor and a terrific guy.  It was nice to get to work with him and also nice to get to know him.


JENNIFER LAWRENCE is one of the highest paid actresses in the entire world, and the second-youngest actress to have won an academy award.  

JLaw first caught the attention of the critical world when she starred as a poverty-stricken teenager in the drama “Winter’s Bone.”  Lawrence’s Oscar-winning performance in “Silver Lining Playbook” grabbed our hearts and made us tear up. Her turn as the title character in the wildly successful The Hunger Games franchise catapulted her to worldwide monster fame.  It also didn’t hurt that she had multiple turns as the character Mystique in the X-Men movie series.  

In Passengers Jennifer and her co-stars immerse themselves in this futuristic dilemma about a ship in which they wake up from suspended animation 90 years too soon. 

STRIPLV:  Tell us what do you think about the characters in Passengers?

LAWRENCE:  I found the characters who would be involved with the story intriguing because it’s such a huge decision to make a 120-year journey.  When you arrive, everyone you know is going to be dead, so you have to start a brand-new life, on a brand new planet you’ve never been to.  So, of course, there are going to be interesting characters involved in a decision like that.

STRIPLV:  Why does Aurora make the journey?

LAWRENCE:  Aurora’s very smart and very driven, and curious.  She’s also the daughter of a very famous author, which I think always keeps her wanting more and wanting to have her own name.  I think all of these combined with an adventurous spirit sent her off.

STRIPLV:  Visually the film is stunning.  What are your thoughts on the cinematic aspect of it?

LAWRENCE:  The movie’s very visually interesting because these two people are trapped, but it’s the space and the visuals are so much larger.  They’re so lost in this giant space that’s so much bigger than them.  I thought that was interesting.  The dynamics between how they feel and what their characters are going through emotionally versus this giant, gapping space that they’re stuck in.

STRIPLV:  How about the script?

LAWRENCE:  I thought it was such an interesting concept and I hadn’t seen anything like it.  I loved the world, I loved the two characters, and I loved just the sheer idea of the whole thing.  I just thought it was so creative.  I hope people will walk away from seeing it with a million different opinions, and that’s what I liked about the film, is that nobody’s telling you what to feel, it’s what would you do.  It’s a conversation starter.

STRIPLV:  How was it working with Chris?

LAWRENCE:  Chris Pratt was the hardest working person on the movie, including the crew, including everybody.  He is the hardest working person I’ve ever met in my life and has such an amazing attitude.

STRIPLV:  What was it like working with Director Morten Tyldum?

LAWRENCE:  We all love the movie so much.  We all love the script, so that once we all got on the same page, it was a beautiful experience because we all were so passionate about it.  I mean, Chris and I were always so thirsty to hear what Morten was thinking and what his vision was for each set, and his opinion on our characters.  We were all really dialed in together.

STRIPLV:  What do you think about the action in the film and how it builds?

LAWRENCE:  In the third act, it becomes really clear that there’s something wrong with the ship and the gravity starts to go out, the robots are all failing, and, Jim and I are at a race against the clock to figure out what is wrong with the ship and how we can fix it, not just to save our lives but the lives of the 5,000 people who are on the ship. 

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