updated 02/28/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/28/2013 AT 4:45 PM ET
Jennifer Lawrence not only has an Oscar, she has a best friend in Louisville. Ky., where she grew up – and even Lawrence’s own mother says this smiling neighborhood kid is a star. His name is Andy Strunk.
“Most popular guy in Kentucky,” Lawrence, 22, tells Louisville TV station Wave 3. The two go back to having attended middle school together.
“He has the kindest heart of anybody I’ve ever met,” says the Best Actress winner. “He’s always in a good mood. And he’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever been around.”
Says his mother, Pollyanna Strunk: “He’s her No. 1 fan”– and he’s got every photo, every interview, every TV listing of Lawrence. She also sends him posters and mementos he adds to his collection.
Says Jennifer’s mother, Karen Lawrence, who spoke to the TV camera with her arm around Andy, “I just know Jen’s love for Andy is genuine.”