At 25 years old, Jennifer Lawrence may be an Oscar-winning actress, billion-dollar franchise front woman, and reigning American sweetheart. But for several North Oldham Middle and High School students living in Lawrence’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, the Hunger Games star is so much more. She’s a relatable career inspiration, a delightful ambassador for the city, and an example of a Louisville girl who was able to attain all of her wildest dreams before the age of 30.
So when Zoe Kuhn realized that her town had failed to formally celebrate its most famous native—as she lights up movie screens around the globe and uses her perch as the highest-paid actress in the world to do good for the less fortunate—the then pre-teen decided to do something about it.
With a group of of friends, Kuhn formed “Lawrence’s Ladies” and went about raising the $10,000 necessary to install a 30’ by 40’ banner of Lawrence on the city’s Kentucky Center on Saturday, along with Louisville’s other hometown heroes like Muhammad Ali, Diane Sawyer, and Colonel Sanders—an endeavor that took over a year and culminated with the banner’s unveiling this past weekend. In celebration of the feat, we reached out to Kuhn over e-mail to find out about the world’s biggest J.Law fans, inquire about joining the “Lawrence’s Ladies” gang ourselves, and see if they’ve personally heard from Lawrence.
Vanity Fair: When did you first become acquainted with Lawrence’s acting work?
Zoe Kuhn: I first knew about her acting after I had read The Hunger Games books in 4th and 5th [grade] and I went to her family’s camp (Camp Hi-Ho) when I was about 10 and all of the animals in their puppy barn were named after Hunger Games characters. When my parents decided I was old enough to watch The Hunger Games, I watched it on a family vacation in Rosemary Beach, Florida, when I was 11 and was completely in awe of her acting skills.
How did you go about rallying your friends to join the cause?
After getting ideas from Mike Sheehy and my dad, Scott Kuhn, for how to go about fundraising, I made a group text and sent an e-mail to my friends, explaining what I wanted to do and why. After weeks of planning around everyone’s busy schedules, we finally had a meeting at my house to decide our name, plan our social media, decide on some fundraisers, and figure out what we were going to use to keep track of our money (GoFundMe).
Who thought of the name Lawrence’s Ladies? (Such a great name!) Were there any other names you considered? How many people are Lawrence’s Ladies?