"When we're busy, we agree to mutually ignore each other. Not completely, but neither of us gets mad when the other doesn't text back or call," she says in the June issue of Marie Claire. "Life's super busy. Obviously you know what they're doing, and you trust them."
Lawrence, 23, understands the dangers of dating in Hollywood, adding that there's no need to rush her relationship with British actor Hoult, 24.
"We're so young that it would almost be like if we lived in the same city, what would happen? We'd be living together," she tells the magazine. "At least this way he's in the same boat as I am: We can go out and have our own lives and know that we have each other."
The Hunger Games star has been acting for ages, but fans really took notice when she nabbed the coveted role of Katniss in the dystopian franchise. Back-to-back Academy Award nominations only helped her popularity, and her brash, open interview style quickly skyrocketed her to Internet fame.
Unlike some young celebrities, Lawrence embraces what makes her normal: eating, drinking and, yes, falling in public. But after she took her second Oscars tumble this year, the backlash began.
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"I'm way too annoying because I get on red carpets and I'm really hyper, most likely because I've been drinking, and I can't not photobomb somebody if it's a good opportunity. But it's something I always tell myself: 'You need to calm the f--- down. You don't want to constantly be a GIF.'"
So is her "everygirl" attitude an act? Was that red carpet stumble planned?
"Trust me, if I was going to plan it, I would have done it at the Golden Globes or the SAGs," she says jokingly. "I would have never done it at two Oscars in a row. I watch Homeland – I'm craftier than that!"
As for tabloid rumors that she's jealous of Twilight's Kristen Stewart for appearing alongside Hoult in the upcoming movie Equals, Lawrence used a characteristically comedic tactic.
"There was something in a magazine, and I was like 'Oh, my God, that's hilarious,' because Kristen and I are friends," she says. "I actually texted her a picture of it and was like, 'Just so you know, this is absolutely true.' "