As we are waved through by a guard, Paul thoughtfully points out the other houses of note in this wonderland of privacy: There’s Cameron Diaz’s pile, and just over there, Ashton and Mila’s new place.Lawrence’s assistant, Talley, meets me at the front gate and ushers me through the house to the kitchen, where moments later Lawrence appears in a white crop top and faded boyfriend jeans rolled at the ankle.

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“Downtime is normally the bane of my existence,” she says. But I was actually enjoying myself this time,” she says. So it should come as no surprise that Lawrence is a little wary about the future. I will have a flop.” Next up is , a space movie with Chris Pratt. “It’s a space movie with Chris Pratt,” she says, then cracks up. I’ve got to fill up my year with things that are all 100 percent my decisions.” She has already made at least two: She has agreed to star in Steven Spielberg’s next film, based on war photographer Lynsey Addario’s book, . Addario is a fucking badass.” And in mid-October, Darren Aronofsky pitched his next project by reading his entire screenplay to Lawrence over a bottle of wine in his apartment in New York and she signed up on the spot, which is what being franchise-free really means for her now: She is in complete control.

It is, indeed, exactly that: a love story set in the very distant future, aboard a ship carrying people over unimaginable millions of miles to other livable planets. “It doesn’t feel like I’m being towed behind something anymore,” she says. Russell’s muse in three films was perhaps the most challenging franchise of all.

She is barefoot, tan, and very blonde, her hair cut into a short bob.

The house—a convincingly faux-Tuscan villa, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a gym, a theater, and a hair-and-makeup room (“Thank for Jessica Simpson,” says Lawrence of the previous owner)—is exactly as old as Lawrence herself.

In keeping with the storied tradition of mentors and protégées, Russell and Lawrence have a complicated relationship, one that, according to Lawrence, is built first on love and second on collaboration.

“He has given me a life, creatively, that I would have never known,” she says, “what it feels like to really , to be scared out of your mind on set and have no idea what’s going on.“It’s a lot of ballsy and not a lot of thinking twice.One time we laughed so hard our teeth clanked together.” magazine recently reported that Lawrence is the highest-paid actress in the world, having made million in the past year, but as giddy as she is about her new furniture, she doesn’t seem entirely comfortable in such grand, grown-up surroundings.“We have to wrap this up because I have an interview with Jonathan Van Meter.” She laughs. She orders us a large pie, with pepperoni and jalapeño with ranch dressing on the side (not nearly as bad as it sounds). She asks me to grab a couple of glasses out of the cabinet, which is not bare, exactly, but close.In a few days, Lawrence will fly to Atlanta, where she will begin working after some well-deserved time off. “I need a whole houseful of stuff,” she says as she swirls vermouth in a glass. Her career is unprecedented on every level: the smart choices, the awards, the box-office clout, the near-universal lovability.Here I stumble into a subject that I wouldn’t have dreamed of bringing up so soon: the nude-photo leak.