Responding to some Twitter praise this week from New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins, Vogue contributing editor Jonathan Van Meter replied: “She might just be the greatest magazine profile subject of all time!”
The “she” being referred to is Jennifer Lawrence. And while historically some other celebrity profiles have given the December 2015 cover story a run for its money (Chuck Klosterman and Val Kilmer in the July 2005 issue of Esquire, for example), that declaration bears some weight because of how long Van Meter has been interviewing celebrities and the fact that this is the second time he has connected with Lawrence for Vogue.
The Van Meter-Lawrence sequel hits newsstands Nov. 18, two days ahead of the arrival in theaters of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. In between the two Vogue cover stories, Lawrence in 2014 purchased Jessica Simpson’s former home in Beverly Hills. That property, along with a rental in Atlanta claimed this fall by Lawrence right after it was vacated by previous on-location user Jennifer Garner, figures prominently in the piece.
Van Meter is in fact a master at threading geographical references into his profile pieces. His September 2013 Vogue cover story about Lawrence begins as follows:
Leave it to J.Law to choose the Odeon, a restaurant she plucked from a list because she liked the sound of its name. It opened on a corner in Tribeca long before Lawrence was even born and defined a genre: Execute everything perfectly, but don’t take it all so seriously — an apt description of Lawrence herself.
And the new Vogue profile leads with this:
It’s sweltering in Los Angeles, the kind of heat that melts the ice cubes in your caramel macchiato faster than you can say Kardashian. I am holed up in my hotel room on Sunset Boulevard watching tennis, drapes drawn against the remorseless sun, when suddenly: Ding! A text. Jennifer Lawrence wants to ditch our plans.
At one point in the December article, Lawrence suggests to Van Meter that her Beverly Hills gated community neighbors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis may have reached their limit with her unannounced drop-bys. But she probably has a couple more Van Meter profiles to go before that actually becomes true.