The thing I like most about Jennifer Lawrence is her (perhaps mutant?) ability to Tell It Like It Is. In Hollywood, this is a rare gift. Her interviews are straight from the gut, without any sense of fakery or shame, from being a fan of Honey Boo Boo and peeing in the woods while filming Hunger Games, to most recently commenting on the pressure female celebrities feel to look and act sexy.
In an interview with BBC Newsnight‘s Zoe Conway she said of the sexualization of young women like Miley Cyrus: “It is a part of the entertainment industry that sells. For some disgusting reason, young sex sells even more.”
The actress was equally upfront about her own dip into barely-legal territory during a sexy shoot for GQ at only 20, saying it was just something a girl’s gotta do to get noticed — using the system to her advantage without compromising her ideals. “It was a PR move,” she admitted. “I was completely comfortable with [it]. I don’t have any regrets about that.” She later added, “To each their own.”
She sees her role in The Hunger Games as a pathway to change the perception of women in the media for a new generation: “We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing [in The Hunger Games] … girls see enough of this body that they will never be able to obtain… It’s an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry … Growing up I didn’t have a female hero the way that Katniss is. I think she’s a wonderful role model for young girls. I’m happy that they have a character like that.”
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