Jennifer Lawrence: “I don’t have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable”

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has opened up about feeling ‘objectified’ and ‘degraded’ by an experience early in her career.

Speaking at Elle‘s Women in Hollywood event on Monday, Lawrence recounted a “degrading” story about being asked to lose weight for a film role.

“A female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much thinner than me. And we all stood side-by-side with only paste-ons covering our privates.”

“After that degrading and humiliating line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”

The American Hustle actress said she tried to stand up for herself, but didn’t want to appear “difficult to work with” at the start of her career.

She told another producer she thought the weight loss demands were not appropriate.

“He said he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was ‘perfectly f***able.’”

Lawrence said she felt “trapped” by the experience. “I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt I had to for my career,” she told the audience.

The Oscar-winner then reflected on having more power in Hollywood after being cast as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

She said that she ‘the power to say no,’ because she was a “movie star”.

“I worked out every day because Katniss is strong, but I would be damned if I was going to represent the ideal that someone who looks skeletal is a positive body image. I was not going to have young girls skipping dinner because they wanted to look like Katniss.”

She then expressed her support of the commission proposed by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, stating that, “Every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human.”

“I’m still learning that I don’t have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable,” she added.

She continued: “Together, now, we will stop this kind of behaviour from happening. We will stop normalising these horrific situations. We will change this narrative and make a difference for all of those individuals pursuing their dreams.”

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