Ok, maybe that headline is misleading. Maybe you, like JLaw, are already a Kim superfan. Maybe you have always found Jennifer’s unique “normal girl gone gross” brand of humor charming. Maybe you already watched this video, and thought “eh, still don’t care.”
But for me, this shit was MINDBLOWING. I don’t watch too much late night TV. I’m content to watch the funniest clips on the web the next day, and I’ll almost never waste time watching an interview with someone I don’t already appreciate. All of which is to say that I still have no idea why Jennifer Lawrence was subbing for Jimmy Kimmel last night, and I never would have watched her interview Kim Kardashian West if my friend hadn’t emailed me the link to start with.
But I did watch it. All 18+ minutes of it. And what unfolds is kind of fascinating. Jennifer Lawrence’s personality is like a hand grenade. Explosive and hard to aim. This tends to get her in trouble when she’s the one being interviewed. Hell, even last night she made some cringeworthy jokes about blacking out with Kris Jenner, or dressing a baby boy up as a Chippendales dancer for Halloween. The sort of jokes that made her anecdote about asking Kim for Gas-X because she had, well, gas pains, seem staid by comparison. And yet, I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen her so engaged by anything. She has a rapid timing and natural charisma that makes me more curious about her personality than her acting, frankly. If she could learn to harness it — avoiding the controversial pitfalls while still polishing her ability to think on her feet — she could have a fantastic back-up career as a late night host. Maybe on a channel that would be ok with constant fart jokes.
And Kim? Granted, I never paid that much attention to her in the past. Of course I’m aware of her — her life, her family, her branding — but she’s just been a figure in a magazine to me. Here, though, I got a taste for the secret savvy that has carried her into the mainstream. She has the media training Jennifer seems to still lack. She doesn’t answer a single question she doesn’t want to. She resists the juicy, go-for-the-jugular gossip and thinks of the kids — her own, other people’s — first. And around the 11 minute mark, Jennifer asks her, “What is the most incorrect rumor you’ve ever heard of yourself?”
Kim thinks about it. Like, REALLY thinks about it. Then she says: “I dunno, I start to believe them all, there’s so many.”
And Jennifer agrees.
Out of all the silly questions, uncomfortable honesty and dodged responses, that exchange is the one that sticks with me.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen it yet, take a look. Whether you love them or hate them, it’s still one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen on national television: