Jennifer Lawrence is awesome and pretty much the world’s best friend, so it might make you mad to know that once upon a time, some Hollywood asshole told her she was too fat and that she needed to drop a few pounds or else risk getting fired from a job. Lovely, eh?
From Harper’s Bazaar:
“I was young. It was just the kind of shit that actresses have to go through.
“Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight.
“They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet.”
“[People think] that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn’t still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I’m above it all.”
“‘You really still care about that?’ Yeah. I was a little girl. I was hurt. It doesn’t matter what accolades you get.”I know it’ll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet’, I’m like, ‘You can go f**k yourself’.”
Now, Jennifer is gorgeous and IN NO WAY FAT, but of course you can never be thin enough in Hollywood, so this isn’t at all surprising. But seriously, why are people such dickheads? Anyway, I guess she got the last laugh (even though she obviously has lost weight/got super in shape, but that’s sorta by happenstance given her Hunger Games role)… it’s just unfortunate that this body image shit will never change.
October 3, 2013 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
These images have been floating around for the past couple of days, I’m aware (before one of you undoubtedly points out how you saw this on such-and-such site earlier this week), but considering it’s a lovely Friday evening and Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful, does any of that really matter? No, no it doesn’t. Especially since this isn’t really a post about Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior campaign, but rather an “open post” where you can discuss what you like (so long as that’s not, like, mass murder or child pornography or something awful).
What’s everyone up to this weekend? Are there any good movies out? My most exciting piece of news is that I took my air conditioner (window unit) out today and am now living on fresh air alone. Fall is really coming!
That’s all I’ve got, but talk amongst yourselves, etc. I know a lot of you have often referenced the sense of community you felt with each other here, so this is an open forum to do your thing (not that you can’t in other posts, but you get my drift).
September 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Jennifer
Alright, hands up – did anyone here have an amazing childhood that was fully of joy and harmony and zero pain and awkwardness? Please, if that’s the case, let me know. I feel like everyone had a shitty childhood/adolescence – obviously to varying degrees – but you grow up, get some therapy if necessary and work on being a well-adjusted human being that puts good things into the world. Jennifer Lawrence has managed to do this, despite dealing with anxiety and depression and shit as a youngster. Roll the tape, girl.
Given her intensity, it does not come as a surprise that Lawrence describes her childhood as an “unhappy” one—exceptional, excitable, hot-wired kids are often misunderstood and full of anxiety. Lawrence herself was so anxious that her parents found her a therapist. “I was a weirdo,” she says. “I wasn’t picked on or anything. And I wasn’t smarter than the other kids; that’s not why I didn’t fit in. I’ve always just had this weird anxiety. I hated recess. I didn’t like field trips. Parties really stressed me out. And,” she adds, “I had a very different sense of humor.” I ask Lawrence how that manifested itself in, say, junior high. She launches into several tales as examples. Like the time she decided it would be funny to jump out of the emergency exit of a moving school bus; or the time she thought it would be really funny to announce to the entire seventh grade that she wet the bed; or this: “My family went on a cruise, and I got a terrible haircut. FYI: Never get your hair cut on a cruise. And I had, like, this blonde curly ‘fro, and I walked into the gym the first day back in seventh grade and everyone was staring at me, and for some reason I thought, I know what I need to do! And I just started sprinting from one end of the gym to the other, and I thought it was hilarious. But nobody else at that age really did. It was genuinely weird.”
That just seems slightly awkward, not necessarily awful. It’s not like she had no food to eat, was homeless, abused, etc. (I’m assuming, of course – I doubt she’d be talking about that in an interview with a magazine.) We all got shit haircuts. I remember crying on the phone to my friend Tenna in 6th grade after a particularly bad one, sobbing about how I looked like a freak and everyone was going to make fun of me. No one did, but that shit was traumatic nonetheless.
August 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Jennifer Lawrence is basically everyone’s BFF or the girl they wish was their BFF or their girlfriend or a combination of the two or BASICALLY SHE IS LOVED BY EVERYONE. Even I love her – I think she’s a great actress, she seems pretty chill and she’s not afraid to be a bit of a dork. However, I worry for her because I feel like she could fall into the ever-popular trap of being so praised for being “quirky” that she plays that characteristic up to remain loved/continue getting positive attention and reenforcement.
Take this interview with Extra, for example (start the vid at 2:30) – Jennifer has chatted about The Hunger Games, and some of her co-stars in the film have also praised her talent and how great she is, etc. Then, Extra is talking to Jeff Bridges and Jennifer freaks her beans and comes running over, gushing over him and how much she loves The Big Lebowski and all that. Jeff Bridges is a cool dude (one might say THE Dude…. yeaaaaaahhhh!) and takes it all pretty well, even though she asks him his favourite movie he’s ever been in and he starts talking about seeing someone else’s movie. Then he sorta gives her an up and down “I’d fuck you if you were into it” look as he tells her it’s good to see her and she sorta trots off with her assistant. I mean… whatever.
July 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Jennifer Lawrence is someone everyone loves and I don’t have anything against her, but this humblebrag she dropped really annoyed me. Or kind of annoyed me, honestly it’s not possible for Jennifer Lawrence to say anything that would really annoy me, she’s pretty harmless.
My parents took it back to Kentucky, because I felt odd having it on display in my house. If anybody’s coming over to my house, I didn’t want them to remember that. Just kind of puts a weird energy out.
It’s the “weird energy” thing that gets me. Like she’s talking about a haunted ventriloquist dummy instead of one of the biggest honors an actor could ever receive. And it wasn’t like she said, “This is for you, mom and dad, for always supporting me” — it’s more of, “ew, take this.”
I think I’m cranky because I’m hungry. Again, it’s not like this is a horrible thing she said or that I’m genuinely angry. Anyone else get where I’m coming from or am I just bonkers?
July 23, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
I loved Divergent and the follow-up, Insurgent – it’s a great YA dystopian book series by Veronica Roth in the vein of The Hunger Games (and only successful because of it). So of course they’re making a movie of it, because when the consumer seems to like something, we have to be sold 5,000 versions of it no matter how poor they are, how overloaded we are or anything. People will pay for it, and money rules everything, blah blah.
In any case, I’m not against a Divergent movie – but I am absolutely against Shailene Woodley, the chick who was cut from Spider-Man and whose claim to fame is that ABC Family show about teen pregnancy, playing the lead character, Tris. Tris is written as a strong, bad-ass female who is fearless and whose strength and courage allow her to not only go against her family’s grain but to fight a much larger enemy. I know Jennifer Lawrence can’t star in two franchises, but I could see her as Tris, for sure. I cannot see Shailene Woodley as Tris, and yet… she is. Ugh.
The point of this story is obviously that Shailene counted on Jennifer for some advice when approaching her role, which Jennifer graciously gave. She told reporters at Comic-Con (via DS):
“Jennifer Lawrence actually helped me with Divergent. I asked her how her life has changed, going from small independent movies to something as big as Hunger Games, and she gave me really beautiful advice which I really appreciated.”
I gotta say, I particularly worry about Shailene in this role because she doesn’t seem to “get it”. She told reporters a while back that Tris is nothing like Katniss because Tris isn’t a “bad ass”. Uh, yes she is. She has to leave her entire family and go against her family’s traditional faction in order to be true to herself and then learn to fight, go against enemies… why am I talking about this? This movie will probably be shit, and that’s a shame.