jennifer lawrence: ‘i won’t Go hungry’
J-law has made her feelings about feminism and equality clear, and when it comes to body shaming she’s ready to shout about it
Having walked out of 2016 as the world’s highest paid female actress for the second year running, worth a staggering £36.2 million, there’s no stopping Jennifer Lawrence.
Whether it’s on or off screen, the 26-year-old actress – who most recently starred in Passengers and is currently filming Russian spy thriller Red Sparrow, to be released in November – has never lacked body confidence. It’s something that’s no doubt caught the eye of J-law’s string of admirers, including her new beau, director Darren Aronofsky, who’s 21 years older than her. The pair went public with their relationship in November following rumours that they were secretly hooking up. An insider tells Look: ‘Jennifer has changed a lot since she started dating Darren. She’s crazy about him and is trying to put forward a classier image. She feels like she’s landed her dream guy. She’s making a big effort with him and thanks to her recent filming preparation she’s in better shape than ever. She’s feeling more confident about herself and therefore her relationship these days.’
But while Jen’s remained tight-lipped about her relationship, she’s been more vocal about her new body – especially when it comes to putting body-haters in their place. ‘If anybody even tries to whisper the word “diet”, I’m like: “You can go f**k yourself,”’ she’s confessed.
The Oscar-winning actress adopts the same no-holds-barred approach when advising fans about how to handle haters. During a Q&A to promote her 2013 film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, J-law chirped about the naysayers: ‘Well, screw those people,’ which received roaring applause. Despite being a highly sought-after actress – she won Best Actress awards at the Golden Globes for her role in Silver Linings Playbook in 2013 and 2015 film Joy – she still gets fired up about body shaming.
‘The world has this idea – we see this airbrushed model and then if you don’t look like that [you’re ugly]… You have to look past it. You look how you look and be comfortable. What are you going to do, be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb,’ she says.
But just how does the Hunger
Games star manage to effortlessly ooze glamour and keep her chin up in Hollywood – a place where body image is constantly put under the microscope? For a start, J-law refuses to put herself on social media. Having been a victim of the icloud leaks of 2014 in which several nude images went viral, it’s not something she intends to change soon either. She says: ‘I’ll never get Twitter. If you ever see a Facebook or Instagram or Twitter that says it’s me, it’s not me. It’s because the internet has scorned me so much’.
In the run up to the 2017 Academy Awards on 26 February, most of J-law’s Hollywood peers are busy counting calories to ensure they’re red-carpetready should they bump into top filmmakers looking to cast for their next big project. But instead of cutting out carbs, J-law ploughs all her energy into Pilates and 75 per cent dark chocolate. She famously quipped to Etonline: ‘I can name a lot of things that taste better than skinny feels. Potatoes. Bread.’
She’s also enlisted personal trainer Dalton Wong to help her ‘change’ her body and get the skills to ‘change her life’. Speaking about motivating the actress, 39-year-old Dalton says: ‘Ever since I’ve known her, she’s been really hardworking. She makes sure she does some sort of movement, she eats the correct amount of food, she manages her lifestyle and her stress and she enjoys her life. When you put all those things together, you become a very balanced person. She’s also really committed to her career and that’s what makes her such a wonderful role model and actor.’
But while she loves her onscreen roles, she’s not so keen on the fitness aspect of the job. Dalton adds: ‘I try to make it fun for her. We got on really well, so she’d do the things I asked without a fight.’
Speaking about fitness, J-law says: ‘I hate saying: “I like exercising”. I want to punch people who say that in the face. But it’s nice being in shape for a movie because they basically do it all for you.’ But she stresses: ‘I’m never going to starve myself for a part.’
Jen’s body confidence and strong work ethic is certainly working out for her, with seven films in the pipeline this year alone (including one with Darren) but one thing’s for sure, she’ll never go hungry to make the industry happy. ‘I’ll never starve myself for a part,’ she says. Thank goodness for that!
Jennifer and Darren started dating in November
She impressed with her body confidence in Passengers