Jennifer Lawrence denies faking awards show falls: 'I'm craftier than that'

Image: Jennifer Lawrence on the cover of the June 2014 issue of Marie Claire. Jan Welters/Marie Claire

Fall once at the Oscars and the public finds it charming. Fall twice? That's all it takes to launch Stumblegate, a conspiracy theory that figures it-girl Jennifer Lawrence strategically plans such faux falls just for the payoff in the form of good press. But the not-so-surefooted star wants to set the record straight about her tendency to tumble.

“I’m trying to do the right thing, waving to fans, trying to be nice, and there’s a traffic cone," she explained to Marie Claire about her last Academy Awards accident. "The second I hit it, I was laughing, but on the inside I was like, ‘You’re (expletive). They’re totally going to think this is an act ...'"

That's because just one year earlier, the "American Hustle" star tripped on her gown as she approached the Oscars stage to accept the best actress honor for her work in "Silver Linings Playbook." The coincidence even left one of her big-screen pals questioning the authenticity of her latest misstep.

“You know, I’m starting to wonder if this is a bit of an act,” Jared Leto told Access Hollywood's Billy Bush.

(Bush later insisted Leto's musing was just a friendly joke.)

As for Lawrence, she wants everyone to know that her flawed footwork is the real deal. Besides, if it wasn’t, as an award-winning actress, she'd do a better job of faking it.

"Trust me, if I was going to plan it, I would have done it at the Golden Globes or the SAGs," she told Marie Claire. "I would have never done it at two Oscars in a row. I watch 'Homeland' — I’m craftier than that!”

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    Jennifer Lawrence

    The young actress has quickly risen to become a film and fashion icon, with an Academy Award already under her belt.

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    Here's to the winners -

    Jennifer Lawrence, right, has been a regular on the red carpet since breaking through with "Winter's Bone" in 2010. Here she poses with "American Hustle" co-stars Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper. The film won the best motion picture -- comedy or musical award at the 2014 Golden Globes.

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    Do the 'Hustle' -

    In "American Hustle," a drama based on the ABSCAM scandal of the early 1980s, Lawrence plays Rosalyn Rosenfeld, a fictionalized version of Marie Weinberg, the wife of one of the scandal's main figures.

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    May the odds be ever in your favor -

    Lawrence plays heroine Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" films, including the 2013 hit "Catching Fire."

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    Daring design -

    Lawrence is flanked by Liam Hemsworth, left, and Josh Hutcherson at the "Catching Fire" premiere on Nov. 18, 2013.

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    Short style -

    Lawrence shows off a short haircut while posing for photographers in Spain in 2013.

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    Cover girl -

    Lawrence graced the cover of the September 2013 issue of Vogue magazine, telling writer Jonathan Van Meter that she always knew she'd be famous, even if she wasn't sure how she'd achieve that goal.

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    Shining 'Silver' -

    Lawrence starred with Bradley Cooper in the 2012 film "Silver Linings Playbook." Both were nominated for lead acting Oscars, and Lawrence won the best actress award.

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    Gown of renown -

    Lawrence's billowing Dior ballgown at the 2013 Oscars tripped her up when she headed onstage to accept her best actress statue. She laughed it off, saying to the applauding audience, "You guys are only standing up because I fell and you feel bad."

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    Lady in red -

    Before her 2013 Oscar win, Lawrence won the Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture comedy or musical for "Silver Linings Playbook."

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    Back in black -

    An elegant Lawrence arrives at the 2013 Critics' Choice awards.

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    Katniss and Effie -

    Lawrence starred as "The Hunger Games" famed Katniss alongside Elizabeth Banks' flamboyant Effie Trinket.

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    All at the mall -

    Lawrence and "Hunger Games" co-stars Alexander Ludwig (Cato) and Amandla Stenberg (Rue) chat with fans at the Broward Mall in Plantation, Fla., in 2012.

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    The People's favorite -

    Lawrence accepts the award for favorite movie for "The Hunger Games" at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 2013.

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    Golden girl -

    Lawrence attends the premiere of "The Hunger Games" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on March 12, 2012.

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    Katniss and Gale -

    Lawrence and "Hunger Games" co-star Liam Hemsworth speak onstage at the 2012 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

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    'X' marks her spot -

    Lawrence joined the gang as Mystique for "X-Men: First Class" in 2011 alongside Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Caleb Landry Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till.

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    Ready for her closeup -

    Lawrence dazzles in red on the red carpet at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2011. She was nominated for best actress for her role in "Winter's Bone."

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    Find him on Facebook -

    Lawrence and "The Social Network" star Jesse Eisenberg pose in front of the winners boards during the Orange British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House in London on Feb. 13, 2011.

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    Popular pose -

    Lawrence did it first! The actress showed off her leg on the red carpet at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2011. Jolie famously showed off her leg at the 2012 Oscars.

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    'Winter's' big star -

    Nominated again for "Winter's Bone," Lawrence arrives for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 16, 2011.

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    Breakout role -

    Lawrence stars as Ree Dolly in 2010's "Winter's Bone," about a young girl's struggle to fend for and protect her poor family in the rural Ozarks.

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    Hooray for Hollywood -

    Lawrence attends the 14th annual Hollywood Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 25, 2010.

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    Loved in Venice -

    Lawrence poses with her Marcello Mastroianni prize for her role in "The Burning Plain" during the closing ceremony of the 65th Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 6, 2008.

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    In 'Plain' sight -

    Lawrence stars as Mariana and J.D. Pardo stars as Young Santiago in the 2008 film "The Burning Plain." The film also starred Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger.

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    Small-screen start -

    Lawrence, center, started her acting career on the TBS comedy "The Bill Engvall Show," in which she played eldest daughter Lauren Pearson alongside Syler Gisondo, left, and Graham Patrick Martin. The series premiered in 2007 and lasted three seasons.

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    Playing her cards right -

    Lawrence won the Los Angeles Film Festival award for outstanding performance for her role as Agnes in the 2008 film "The Poker House."

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    Young model -

    Lawrence poses during a fashion shoot with photographer Chris Kaufman when she was 15. By the time she was 23, she was the face of Dior.

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    Future star -

    Lawrence in eighth grade in 2005 at Kammerer Middle School in Louisville, Ky. The actress was born on Aug. 15, 1990.

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Ultimately, Lawrence said she's just doing her best out there, and if backlash is going to happen, she can't stop it.

"Nobody can stay beloved forever," she said. "I never believed it, the whole time. I was like, just wait: People are going to get sick of me. My picture is everywhere, my interviews are everywhere; I'm way too annoying because I get on red carpets and I'm really hyper, most likely because I've been drinking, and I can't not photo-bomb somebody if it's a good opportunity. But it's something I always tell myself: 'You need to calm the (expletive) down. You don't want to constantly be a GIF.'"

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