Jennifer Lawrence Learns But Doesn’t Believe ‘Yellowstone’ Creator Taylor Sheridan Was One Of Her Early Acting Coaches

Long before Jennifer Lawrence became an Oscar winner, she was an aspiring actress starting to lay the groundwork for a Hollywood career.

At one point, Lawrence went to an acting coach who ended up returning her money because he said she already had everything and there was really nothing he could teach her. She didn’t remember who that teacher was until Mike Fleming Jr. of Deadline told her on Saturday during a panel for her Apple/A24 film. Causeway at Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles event.

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Towards the end of the panel, Fleming Lawrence said that when he spoke to Yellowstone Author Taylor Sheridan on his growing universe of television shows and how young actress Isabel May provided the spark for 1883 when she came to read for the lead role in Mayor of Kingstown. He instead built 1883 around May, which told the origin story of the Yellowstone Dutton family.

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Sheridan told Fleming that May reminded him of Lawrence, who came to the classes he taught while Sheridan was a struggling actor who supplemented his income by teaching acting. This was before Lawrence crashed winter bone.

When Fleming finished his retelling of the story, Lawrence could only say one word.

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“What?” she said.

“I remember I went to see someone and he said to my mum, ‘Here’s your money back.’ Just don’t put her in drama class whatever you do,” Lawrence said. “Was that Taylor Sheridan?”

Told that it was indeed the prolific writer and director, Lawrence said, “I have to tell my mom.”

Sheridan, who turned to writing after quitting a regular role in Sons of anarchy over money, was nominated for an Academy Award for writing Hell or High Waterand now has several prequels in the works that spin off Yellowstone, which just returned for its fifth season. The premiere on Paramount Network, CMT, Pop and TV Land averaged 15.7 million viewers, the most-watched show on all of television in 2022.

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Lawrence stars in her Apple/A24 production debut Causewaywhich premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and premiered on Apple TV+ on November 4.

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