Back in August, we were introduced to Jennifer Lawrence’s “#1 Fan” Andy Strunk. One of Jennifer’s long-time friends, Andy is one of many in her hometown of Louisville who are eagerly awaiting tonight’s Oscars to see if their hometown hero can bring home the statue. The Courier-Journal chatted with Andy to find out what his plans are for Hollywood’s biggest night.
“He’s going to wear his tux. He wants to dress up … because Jennifer is going to be dressed up and he wants to celebrate,” said Andy’s mother, Pollyanna Strunk. “He’ll have his shirt on and his tie and all that … just like he was there.”
Andy Strunk, who is 23 and has Down syndrome, says he is the “Silver Linings Playbook” star’s No. 1 fan, and his bedroom decor attests to that. It’s packed with movie posters, magazine pictures and personal photos of his former Kammerer Middle School classmate and Indian Hills neighbor. His favorite is of a pre-fame Lawrence and himself sitting by the pool in the backyard of the east Louisville home where she grew up.
“We are like best friends,” he said. “She’s kind. … I think she has spirit.”
In an interview this week, Strunk said he’s sure he’ll hear Lawrence’s name called — making her only the third Kentuckian to win an Academy Award for Best Actor or Actress, joining George Clooney and Patricia Neal in that exclusive club, according to Michael Mangeot, director of the Kentucky Film Office.
“I will say ‘Yay! Yay! Yay!’ ” Strunk said, and “will have to be calmed down.”
He knows Lawrence will be “very busy” that night, so he’ll send a text to her mother and Oscar date, Karen Lawrence, that says “congratulations” and “see you later.”
The Oscars air tonight at 7 pm on ABC!