Jennifer Lawrence on Her First Sex Scene: "That Was The Most Vulnerable I've Ever Been" - Actress Oscar Roundtable
"I act for myself. I really love it."
"David [O. Russell] can start to talk and I know exactly what he's going to say," Jennifer Lawrence tells The Hollywood Reporter during the Actress Oscar Roundtable. "We have such a shorthand, and it's honest, because we don't have to go through the 'getting-to-know-each-other' period, or being polite to each other. It's just real and immediate."
Lawrence and director Russell have worked together on three films, Silver Linings Playbook (for which she won an Oscar), American Hustle (for which she was nominated for an Oscar) and now this year's Joy. "It's incredible," she continues. "I want to work with him until one of us dies."
Lawrence has recently received a lot of attention for her essay on the Hollywood wage gap, and she continued to boldly discuss women's equality issues during the roundtable. "Women get frustrated that we don't get paid enough and then the Republicans or the CEOs that are men say, 'well, it's because women took off time for maternity leave.'" But some of her roundtable counterparts agreed with the sentiment, prompting Lawrence to note, "It's interesting to hear a woman say, 'well, yeah. We are mothers, and it is different.'"
"Women can be misogynistic too," she argues when the conversation turns to female studio heads. "More so. They have more freedom to do it."
Along with the other roundtable actresses, Lawrence is frustrated by the shockingly low numbers of female directors in Hollywood, but understands why it is a self-perpetuated cycle saying, "Why would people have confidence in a female director when there are so few? There's not going to be a lot of confidence in a female director and then that has to filter into, maybe we don't have confidence in ourselves."
"I had a five-year plan," says Lawrence, on working to become an actor. "I was going to give it five years and if that didn't work out I was going to go back to Kentucky and become a nurse."
When asked who it is she acts for, she declares, "I act for myself. I really love it."
"I had my first real sex scene a couple weeks ago and it was really bizarre, it was really weird," Lawrence confesses the most difficult experience she has had in a film. "Everything was done right, it wasn't anybody's fault, nobody did anything wrong, it's just a bizarre experience."
To deal with the awkwardness she "got really, really drunk, but then that led to more anxiety. When I got home I was like, 'what have I done?'"
"[My co-star] is married," says Jennifer, referring to her Passengers co-star Chris Pratt [husband of actress Anna Faris of Mom]. "It was going to be my first time even kissing a married man, and guilt is like the worst feeling in your stomach," says the actress. "I knew it was my job, but I couldn't tell my stomach."
"It was just very vulnerable. You don't know what's too much. You want to do it real. You want everything to be real. That was the most vulnerable I've ever been."
The full Actress Roundtable will air on Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Jan 10, at 11 a.m. ET on Sundance TV.
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