Lawrence’s character tries to make something of herself after skipping college to help her parents through their divorce, and opens her own business in the latest trailer for the David O. Russell drama.
“It’s my fault. I gave her the confidence to think that she was more than just an unemployed housewife,” her character’s dad, played by Robert De Niro, says.
Lawrence has similar tough advice for her own daughters, whom she tries to teach humility.
“Don’t ever thing the world owes you anything because it doesn’t,” she says. “The world doesn’t owe you a thing.”
The movie follows a family across four generations, focusing on the rags-to-riches story of Joy, who overcomes insurmountable obstacles to become the founder of a family empire.
“Listen to me. Never speak on my behalf about my business again,” she says as the trailer closes.
The film also reunites Lawrence with Bradley Cooper, marking the duo’s fourth collaboration together and their third with Russell. Lawrence is already generating major Oscar buzz and is considered a best actress frontrunner, despite the fact that no one has seen the pic yet.
“Joy” also stars Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini and Elisabeth Röhm.
The 20th Century Fox release hits theaters on Christmas Day.