A Jennifer Lawrence backlash is brewing, but she’s prepared for the storm.
After being beloved for her candor and humility, the actress understands how people could be getting sick of her.
“Nobody can stay beloved forever,” Lawrence says in the cover story for June’s Marie Claire. “I never believed it, the whole time. I was like, just wait: People are going to get sick of me. My picture is everywhere, my interviews are everywhere; I’m way too annoying because I get on red carpets and I’m really hyper, most likely because I’ve been drinking, and I can’t not photo-bomb somebody if it’s a good opportunity. But it’s something I always tell myself: ‘You need to calm the f— down. You don’t want to constantly be a GIF.'”
But the actress says she’s way ahead of those who hate her.
“If people want to start the backlash, I’m the captain of that team,” she says. “As much as you hate me, I’m 10 steps ahead of you.”
And she insists that even though some, including Jared Leto, have speculated that her red-carpet stumble at this year’s Oscars was part of an act (after she tripped when she won the best actress award at the 2013 ceremony), she insists that’s not the case.
“If I were Jared Leto, I would completely agree,” Lawrence says. “But trust me, if I was going to plan it, I would have done it at the Golden Globes or the SAGs. I would have never done it at two Oscars in a row. I watch Homeland — I’m craftier than that!”
Luckily for those hoping for a break from Lawrence, the actress is taking some time off once she finishes filming the final two Hunger Games films. But while Harvey Weinstein recently said she would take a year off, Lawrence clarifies that she wants a year’s worth of rest, “however long that takes.… It might be a couple of months.”
The actress, who hopes to direct soon, plans to spend some of that time in the editing room learning from Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence.
Lawrence also opens up about the death of her Hunger Games co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman, saying, “I work very hard to forget that day. It just sucks. When you lose a friend, someone who you really like and who makes you laugh, it takes so long for it to sink in.”
The actress also reveals that while she lost the best supporting actress Oscar to Lupita Nyong’o, she actually voted for the 12 Years a Slave star, saying of her competition, “It’s beautiful when you watch something good happen to somebody when it’s well deserved.”