Hearing Jennifer Lawrence discuss the numerous times she's been horribly body-shamed by producers and executives in Hollywood is one of the most depressing aspects of celebrity reporting I've ever experienced. However, as Vulture reports, Jennifer said things have changed a lot for her since she became a successful movie star and revealed just who truly suffers from Hollywood's disturbing body-image standards.
Jennifer is at San Diego Comic Con to promote Mockingjay - Part 2 (which so far looks batshit crazy in a good way). At a recent panel, Jennifer was asked if there would be better roles for women in the future. "I would hope so," she answered. She then got very real about possible foot-in-mouth dangers, calling her response "risky." "I'm starting this new thing: I've tried to develop a filter," Jennifer said. "This could blow people's hair back in a good way, or it could be my last time at Comic-Con."
But it was her statement about body-shaming in Hollywood that was most illuminating.
"I had a conversation with somebody about the struggles with weight in the industry-I know that's something I talk nonstop about," Jennifer said. "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.'"
Jennifer said there is a lot of pressure on young actors and actresses "who have not made it to a certain place."
"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," she said. "But I would be interested to hear someone who is not in two franchises answer that question."
Exactly, because when you are Jennifer Lawrence with an Oscar, two Golden Globes, a truck filled with countless other awards, a proven history of box-office success, and are known as one of the most popular action movie stars in the world, no idiot who is trying to get you in their film would dare tell you anything bad about the way you look, period.
But when you're an unknown (as she once was), struggling to get work and make a living, those idiots have a lot more power and control over you and your body image. Jennifer recognizes that and is thankfully speaking up about it, reminding people that while she's fine now when it comes to handling the bullshit of Hollywood's weight stigma, a lot of other actors and actresses probably aren't. Maybe it's time everyone worried about those people and how they're handling it for a change.
By Rebecca Rose
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