Jennifer Lawrence says that she was pressured to stand in a “degrading and humiliating” lineup measuring her against other naked actresses.
Speaking at Elle Magazine’s Women in Hollywood event on Monday, Lawrence spoke at length about her own experiences with sexual harassment in Hollywood. The worst instance of harassment, she says, came from both men and women during an unnamed film she acted in.
During the incident, Lawrence said she had to participate in a nude photoshoot lined up alongside other women to motivate the actresses to lose weight. Standing next to the slimmer women, the actress said that her female producer told her she needed to go on a diet. Although the actress didn’t provide a timeline for the event, it presumably happened sometime early in her career.
“The female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet,” she said, adding that another actress was fired for not being able to lose weight fast enough.
The actress said she asked to speak to a male producer about the stringent diet regime, only to be told that he didn’t know why everyone thought she was overweight. “He responded by telling me he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was perfectly ‘fuckable,’” said Lawrence, who said she didn’t speak up about the issue sooner because she was worried about the story being talked about in a magazine.
“I just wanted a career,” she said, adding that she felt “trapped” at the time due to her lack of power.
“I couldn’t have gotten a producer or a director or a studio head fired. I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt like I had to for my career,” she said. “I was young and walking that fine line of sticking up for myself without being called difficult, which they did call me, but I believe the word they used was ‘nightmare.’”
Jennifer Lawrence has also weighed in on Harvey Weinstein. She told Variety that she found the reports about him to be disturbing, but stated she did not experience any form of harassment from him personally. “This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting,” she said.
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