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

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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

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