A former accounting student at California State University, Fullerton, Rathana Ung enjoys popular music and movies. One of Rathana Ung’s favorite movies is Joy, and her favorite actress is Jennifer Lawrence.
Born as the youngest of three children to a family in a Louisville, Kentucky, suburb in 1990, Jennifer Lawrence never had dreams to become an actor. Until the age of 14, she had focused on athletics and had had relatively little drama training. Although she had done some local modeling and community theater, she had planned to become a doctor. Her plans changed during a family vacation to New York City at the age of 14, when she was discovered by a talent scout.
The scout took her photo and her mother’s telephone number. The following day, she was invited to perform a screen test, and things took off quickly from there. She spent the summer in New York City, appearing in commercials for MTV and in the motion picture The Devil You Know.
Lawrence’s success motivated the family to move to Los Angeles, where she acted in various television series, including Monk and Cold Case. She eventually secured a part on The Bill Engvall Show on TBS.
Her early career also included roles in films such as The Burning Plain and The Poker House. Her big movie break came in 2010 with the film Winter’s Bone, which earned her her first Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.