Why Jennifer Lawrence took a break: "Everyone was fed up with me"

Don’t Look Up, with Leonardo DiCaprio, marks his return to center stage.

Following the success of Winter’s Bone, Hunger Games, X-Men : First Class and Happiness Therapy, which won her the Oscar for Best Actress in 2013, Jennifer Lawrence turned a lot. But in 2018, she realized that she was doing too many films, including a handful of flops (Passengers, Mother !, Red Sparrow and Dark Phoenix were all box office disappointments), so she decided to take a break. After a year without a plan, she accepted Adam McKay’s offer (The Big Short) and will return on December 24 to Netflix in Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Jonah Hill.

“I was no longer offering as much quality as I should have, she explains to Vanity Fair. I think everyone was fed up with me. Myself, I was fed up with myself. I think I tried to please people most of my life, but I had gotten to a point where I couldn’t do anything right anymore. If I walked on the red carpet, I was told, ‘Why didn’t she come running?’ While working, I felt like no one could be mad at me anymore. I thought : ‘Ok, I accepted this offer, they can’t blame me anymore.’ Then I got to a point where people just didn’t appreciate the fact that I existed. It shook me, and I thought about how my job, my career, could bring me more peace. (…) I was paid so much attention at one point, it was too much, and strangely enough, it helped me to be on film sets. They were a good way out for me. (…) One day, I asked myself:‘Why did I accept this film? Because I want to have a job tomorrow or because I really want to do it? ‘It was the click.

At 31, the actress, who has become a very young star, seems more peaceful, refocused on what really matters to her: her marriage to Cooke Maroney and the upcoming birth of her first child. She explains that she wants to protect her future family life at all costs, seven years after being a victim of hackers, when intimate photos were posted on the internet. A scandal that marked her and with which she still has to live today: without citing it, she evokes the recent sale of Jean-Marie Bigard’s magazine, where these photos were printed (the comedian has of elsewhere been condemned for their sharing). “Anyone can look at my naked body, without my consent, anytime, regrets the actress. Someone in France has just published them. My trauma will always exist. “

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During the discussion, she also returns to the importance of the #MeToo movement, launched following accusations of sexual assault and rape against producer Harvey Weinstein. The latter had publicly boasted of having slept with her just before she won the Oscar. She replies that she is not a victim of this man, explaining that she had already built a solid foundation for his career when he tried to have sex with her, and thus had enough power. to say “non” : “Harvey’s victims were the women who thought he could help them. Luckily when I crossed his path I was on the verge of winning the Oscar. I had already been hired on. Hunger Games. So I was able to avoid this situation. Of course, I’m a woman working in a professional world, so it’s not like I’ve spent my entire career surrounded only by men with appropriate demeanor … But yes, that’s a good example for illustrate how getting some power at a young age saved me. “

#MeToo: Jennifer Lawrence speaks

Here is the trailer for Don’t Look Up :

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