Jennifer Lawrence Says Kim Davis Makes Her "Embarrassed to be From Kentucky"
In a wide-ranging 'Vogue' cover story, the actress also reveals how she was to blame for the fight she and David O. Russell had on the set of 'Joy' and talks about the future of her career.
Kentucky native Jennifer Lawrence wasn't happy to see Kim Davis, the county clerk from her home state, make news a few months ago for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
In a cover story for the December issue of Vogue, Lawrence told the reporter who mentioned Davis' name, "Don't even say her name in this house."
Instead, Lawrence referred to her as the "lady who makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky."
"All those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight," added Lawrence, "I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are."
She continued to talk about her political views, revealing that while she was "raised a Republican," she "can’t imagine supporting a party that doesn’t support women’s basic rights," reiterating her belief that, "If Donald Trump is president of the United States, it will be the end of the world. And he’s also the best thing to happen to the Democrats ever."
Lawrence also talked about her upcoming movie, Joy, explaining how the film started out as a biopic on Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano and then got fictionalized as David O. Russell reworked the script.
“It started out as her true story, and then it went into Davidland,” Lawrence told Vogue. “He gets inspired by so many things, so it has to turn into a collage.” Russell added that the film is half fiction, telling Vogue, “I had to come up with a journey, the life span of a woman from 10 years old to middle age, that I felt was worthy of Jennifer, so it’s almost a ballad of this woman’s life and her soul.”
And Lawrence revealed that she was to blame for the fight the two had while they were filming in Boston during its record-snowfall winter. She had the flu and was throwing up between takes, she told Vogue, when she exploded at Russell, leading him to say, “Genuinely, from the bottom of my heart, I am scared of you.”
"I was f—ing mean on set,” said Lawrence. “I wasn’t mean to anybody but David. I would never be mean to somebody who couldn’t be mean back. But when you really love somebody, you fight with them. There have been times where I’ve said, ‘We should go to couples therapy.’ ”
With her commitments to the Hunger Games and X-Men franchises behind her, Lawrence faces a future in which she's making choices about which films she wants to make next.
She explained that with Passengers, her upcoming sci-fi film with Chris Pratt, the script made her break her own rule not to do another big-budget film.
"I knew that coming out of Hunger Games, it was a bad move to do a big blockbuster,” she said. “I want to get back to my roots, back to indies, where I started. And then I read Passengers, and I loved it. This is my first time saying yes now that I am completely free of franchises. So there’s an elephant on my chest.”
Indeed, she feels even more pressure moving forward without those franchise commitments.
Said Lawrence, "Now it’s a lot harder. I’ve got to fill up my year with things that are all 100 percent my decisions."