Jennifer Lawrence is known for speaking her mind, whether she’s on a chat show promoting her latest movie or accepting an Oscar and talking about how she looks often comes up, and it’s safe to say her positive outlook on her body is both refreshing and encouraging.
As her latest movie, X-Men: Apocalypse hits cinemas, we thought we’d share all of the times Jennifer Lawrence made us feel good about how we look – and there’s been plenty of them.
After the nude picture leak
First up is when she spoke up about the nude picture leak in 2014 which directly affected her: “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world. I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you. It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”
Speaking to a journalist at Comic-Con in 2015 about the pressure placed on women in Hollywood to stay thin, she gave a damning critique about the body shaming that still goes on.
She said: ‘I had a conversation with somebody about the struggles with weight in the industry — I know that’s something I talk nonstop about, and they were saying, ‘All of the main movie stars aren’t very underweight.’ I said, ‘Yeah, because once you get to a certain place, people will hire you. They just want you to be in the movie, so they don’t care.”
“I’m not really in a place where I can complain or speak to not getting enough roles, because I’m very lucky to have a lot of opportunities”, before adding, “but I would be interested to hear someone who is not in two franchises answer that question.”
“You have to look past it – you look how you look, and be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.” (via Yahoo!)
“I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV,” she told Barbara Walters, adding that “I get it, and, and I do it too, we all do it. [But] the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool.”
During a live Q&A with Yahoo!, JLaw called out the “Fashion Police” types for what they really are — people who make a living off of ridiculing women. “Shows like the ’Fashion Police’ and things like that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the things that are wrong, and that it’s okay to just point at people and call them ugly, and call them fat,” she said. “They call it ’fun’ and welcome to the ‘real world’, and that shouldn’t be the real world. That’s going to keep being the real world if we keep it that way. It’s not until we stop treating each other like that and just stop calling each other fat… with these unrealistic expectations for women. It’s disappointing that the media keeps it alive and fuels that fire.”
“I think that we are just so unsupportive,” JLaw told “Access Hollywood.” “When I watch these shows and the media and I watch the women on these televisions shows pointing to these women and judging them and calling them ugly and calling them fat, it’s just like, where have we come? Why are we here? Why are we doing this to each other? Men were doing it hundreds of years ago and now we’ve turned around we we’re doing it to each other.”
Diet and exercise
“I don’t really diet or anything. I’m miserable when I’m dieting and I like the way I look. I’m really sick of all these actresses looking like birds… I’d rather look a little chubby on camera and look like a person in real life, than look great on screen and look like a scarecrow in real life.”
‘I hate saying, “I like exercising.” I want to punch people who say that in the face,” she told Glamour. “But it’s nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It’s like “Here’s your trainer. This is what you can eat.” I don’t diet. I do exercise! But I don’t diet. You can’t work when you’re hungry, you know?’
“In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress. I eat like a caveman. I’ll be the only actress that doesn’t have anorexia rumours. I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I’m invincible. I don’t want little girls to be like ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner!’ I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.”
“I think that people are built the way that they’re built. There’s that Kate Moss quote that’s like ‘Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’ and I can name a lot of things that taste better than skinny feels: bread, potatoes… a Philly cheesesteak and fries.”
“If anybody even tries to whisper the word diet, I’m like, ‘You can go fuck yourself.’”
“I don’t like going out that much. I’m kind of an old lady. After it’s 11, I’m like, ‘Don’t these kids ever get tired?’ When I’m out, I think about my couch. Like, ‘it would be awesome to be on it right now. I bet there’s an episode of Dance Moms on’… At the end of the day, there’s probably nothing that makes me feel better than junk food and reality TV.
“I have just such an idea of myself where I’m like a Victoria’s Secret model all the time, and when I see the truth, I’m just like, ‘What?’”
“I’m a big believer in accepting yourself and not really worrying about it.” (via Harper’s Bazaar)