Jennifer Lawrence Reveals She Was Told To Diet Or Get Fired

She was brought near-naked photos of herself for "motivation."

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Cast member Jennifer Lawrence poses at the premiere of "The Hunger Games" at Nokia theatre in Los Angeles, California March 12, 2012.

Jennifer Lawrence might have an Academy Award and a devoted fan base, but the Silver Linings Playbook and Hunger Games actress revealed in Harper’s Bazaar UK that she has faced losing jobs over her weight.

“Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight,” the 23-year-old said. “They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that.”

On top of feeling hurt, however, the actress says it makes her angry. “If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet’, I’m like, ‘You can go f–k yourself,’” she said.

The weight critiques have even gone beyond casting calls. “A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit,” NY Times film critic wrote in 2012.

“I’d rather look chubby on screen and like a person in real life,” the actress has told Marie Claire.

45 comments
estebanguerrero767
estebanguerrero767

Dear me... The only person who seems to have an isuse with her weight is Jennifer Lawrence herself.


Take a look at the part of the quote by the new york times film critic you left out.


It does indeed start with "A few years ago Ms. Lawrence might have looked hungry enough to play Katniss, but now, at 21, her seductive, womanly figure makes a bad fit" but there is no comma there, no break in the thought, it immediately continues with "for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission."


I agree. Frankly, none of the actors in the film look how I pictured them in the books, for me. He isn't saying she's overweight, he's saying that there is a disconnect between the books, which tell of 12-18 year old children, on the verge of starvation, willing to literally kill one another for a little food for their family, and the fit, healthy and active looking 20-somethings we see on screen.

valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

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emvamp
emvamp

Would you lose 15 lbs for half a million dollars ?  What about 10 million thats what she  got paid for 2 movies. 

DavidZimmerman1
DavidZimmerman1

Lawrence's weight is really only an issue to women I think. DeNiro has gained/lost weight plenty of times for roles so I don't know why Lawrence couldn't for the Hunger Games if the role called for it. Women are just endlessly obsessed with this topic though.

Hibernia86
Hibernia86

I think Jennifer Lawrence's weight is fine, but you do need to stay in shape for physical jobs. No athlete would expect to still have a job if they didn't exercise and diet.

valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

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THOSE TELLING JENNIFER TO LOSE WEIGHT ARE OBVIOUSLY......LEFTWING, ENVIRONMENTAL, WACKO, DEMOCRATS......LIKE MICHELLE OBAMA......SO CONCERNED ABOUT FAT AMERICANS.....SHE HAS A FAT ASS TOO ;LIKE MOST BLACK WOMEN.....LOOK AT OPRAH......EVEN THOUJGH SHE LOST WEIGHT AT ONE TIME....SHE HAS A BIG ASS....AND MICHELLE TELLS YOU TO EAT BROCCOLI.....WHILE SHE EATS RIBS, STEAK AND LOBSTER AND FRENCH FRIES.....HER FAVORITE......THAT IS WHY I HATE THESE HYPOCRITE LEFTWING, ENVIRONMENTAL, WACKO, DEMOCRATS.......THEY ARE SO IMPERFECT.

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TheHeartographer
TheHeartographer

I just love her, don't you? Every time she opens her mouth something hilarious comes out. To be fair, there are times when actors have readily lost or gained a ton of weight for a specific role. While I would never get into an industry like that myself, I can understand it's occasionally worth it in light of a certain artistic pursuit. But come on, as the star of a YA novel turned film, whose character is plausibly a decent hunter/provider and is connected with goats and bakers and whatnot? Eff off, Hollywood. Save the insensitive body-morphing demands for a worthier outlet. Pick your f-cking battles.

AndrewBanks
AndrewBanks

What kind of world do these people live in that they think anorexia is sexy? Hell. Marilyn Monroe was a size 6. Was she "fat"? According to these people, she would have been morbidly obese. 

shara_says
shara_says

Jesus.  If she is fat, the rest of us are screwed.  Good for her for standing up for herself.

AMBG
AMBG

Bringing in photos of her as motivation to lose weight was likely uncalled for- how insensitive of them. But at least she's can have the last laugh now because even though she didn't become a toothpick, she's successful, healthy, and widely considered to be smoking hot.

wildcatrusty
wildcatrusty

It's a shame that she is an indentured serf and can only work as an actress.  If she only could afford an education and a new career, she wouldn't have to endure these injustices.  


If her body style needs to be "x" to relfect a specific character, it's all part of an actor's job.  Be an adult and do your job.  OR quit your job, go to school, and enter the labor force like everyone else

MikePaulSanders
MikePaulSanders

Jennifer is beautiful as she is. If people can't see that then they're only contributing to the problem of women and men going to extremes to try and achieve levels of perfection that just don't exist.

azzkad101
azzkad101

Those who can't act, can't make a movie or is not good looking enough become movie critics...

JocastaBryan
JocastaBryan

Sigh. That's part of the biz, Jennifer. Actors are judged on their appearance and how much like their character they look. She was too heavy by far to be believable as Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games; the book was very clear that in District 12 food was not in abundance and her particular family was in dire straits food-wise. Directors never ask actors to lose weight like Christopher Bale in the Machinist (the actor chose that on his own) but it is accepted to ask them to drop ten to twenty pounds to fit the bill. As actors it is our job (I was one) to do the work to look like the character. Dye our hair, cut it or grow it, and add/lose muscle and fat. Renee Zellweger had to gain weight for Bridget Jones Diary, then lose it for her next films. Will Smith and Tobey Maguire have added astonishing amounts of muscle for roles, and Maguire lost weight for Seabiscuit. I personally have lost and gained weight for roles. It's part of what we get paid for. If Jennifer doesn't want to do all the work of acting, there are other people who are happy to while she goes out and works as a secretary and gets paid far less money. 

Phoenicia
Phoenicia

Jesus warned us, "Judge not, lest ye be judged."  I wonder what happens to people who live in a culture that constantly criticizes and seeks, demands, perfection.  Since perfection is impossible, there will always be something wrong with someone.  If we live our lives endlessly discovering what is wrong with someone (inevitably) then discarding them and moving on to search for the next perfect person who only remains with us until we inevitably find their faults, then we live in a world of inevitable disappointment and short lived relationships.  Only if we accept our faults and the faults of others with humility and forgiveness can we begin to love.  Constant judgment dooms us to a life of frustration.  "Love one another as I have loved you," helps us to accept our weaknesses as well as our strengths, our imperfections as well as our achievements.  Love means that we are not constantly rejecting people because of their human limitations.  When a parent loves a child, they do not constantly scold a child for not being a perfect adult.  In fact the joy of that relationship is that children are delightfully imperfect, wondrously so.  I wonder if our national obesity is not just a result of the brainwashing of fast food commercials but also a rebellion against the illusion of perfection which the models and actors dish out to make everyone else feel like failures.  I agree with Jesus, I would rather live in a world of love rather than living in a world of impossible standards, waiting for the inevitable rejection of frustrated and loveless critics.

VanessaDeHartWilliams
VanessaDeHartWilliams

The reason Katniss in Hunger Games is not skinny is simple..SHE HUNTS!!  If they have actually seen the movie they would know that.  District 12 has a better chance this time BECAUSE they have "two fit 16 year olds" That is a line from the movie. Katniss and Gale hunt, and know what plants to eat. She is fit from all her hard work. Peta's family owns a bakery, and he works there, so he doesn't starve either.  That NY Times film critic is an ASS!!

glennra3
glennra3

What a strange culture we live in; an obese nation demanding ever more distraction by anorexic entertainers. 


Please, pass me a Big Gulp while I watch the pretty skeletons cavort on the screen.

chokingkojak
chokingkojak

Yeah, Lawrence will change her tune if the work starts to dry up for her...  

What if Lawrence doesn't like the weight-loss idea?  Plenty of actresses par with her ability who'd drop 50lbs and cut their noses off to book a role.     

If Lawrence can't control her weight, she's already on the weigh (sic) out. 

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odieismydog
odieismydog

@MikeAbundo  

In the second book (and therefor movie) the character is neither starving nor poor...her character wouldn't need to look starving. The NYtimes film critic is a moron who needs to read more.

MikeAbundo
MikeAbundo

Christian Bale will gain or lose any amount of weight for a role. He starved himself to 121 pounds for The Machinist, then bulked up to 190 pounds for Batman Begins.

It's not about body image. It's about doing your job.

peverts
peverts

@valentine.godoflove Sorry to break it to you, but all caps indicates a lack of intelligence and small penis.  Sorry for your afflictions. 

MaryMitch
MaryMitch

@wildcatrusty It's a shame that the movie industry tries to force their ideals on us. People are going to see Jennifer Lawrence in a movie if she's size 0 or size 6. 

 And if she can change the culture in Hollywood, she should go for it, not slink away in shame.

MaryMitch
MaryMitch

@JocastaBryan In "Chicago", Renee Z was so skinny it was distracting (someone hollered "give that girl a sandwich!" in the movie theater when I went to see it).  I'd much rather watch Catherine Zeta-Jones who looks gorgeous and real.

VanessaDeHartWilliams
VanessaDeHartWilliams

@chokingkojak  'if she can't control her weight"? Have you seen Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook? She is so fit and doesn't look fat at ALL. At least she has some damn muscle on her body!!

imaginessa
imaginessa

@chokingkojak Or perhaps she will inspire other actresses to stand up for themselves and the public to rise up and tell Hollywood that they are sick of seeing anorexic/bulimic women held up as being sexy. Lawrence doesn't have a problem "controling" her weight, her weight is just fine, she is healthy and we should applaud her for staying that way instead of thinking that it is ok for women to mutilate their bodies just for the chance at celebrity. Actresses that have all that work done and do unhealthy things to their bodies are perpetrating a crime on all women all because they have daddy issues. I'm not some extremist women's lib person, I am a woman who is tired of this type of talk being accepted. Try to look at the big picture and see what this attitude you are pushing is doing to our young women everywhere.

VanessaDeHartWilliams
VanessaDeHartWilliams

@odieismydog @MikeAbundo I agree..plus she knows how to hunt and goes into the woods..which is why her and her family are not starving..AND why she could even win in the first place. That film critic is an idiot!!

darquis
darquis

@MikeAbundo And what about her job requires her to weigh less?  What role is she playing where she needs to starve herself like Bale did?  Not to mention Bale got told he was in danger of hurting himself with what he did.

Elle_
Elle_

@MikeAbundo Besides, I prefer to see Jennifer Lawrence "chubby" and playing well, contrary to a Kristen Stewart who plays not as well as she does but is skinny. Do you see my point or am I mixing up too much? :)

Physics is something and Acting another one. We want after all an actress who plays well, because without talent, the movie is a failure.

And let's admit that she is not "fat" at all. As long as she doesn't depict an unhealthy way of life (thanks to her physic) in her movies, everything is fine as for me. :) On the contrary, she can be an example on some points as for young generation: happiness (she is funny), self-confidence, and so on.

Elle_
Elle_

@MikeAbundo Yes, but she can do her job whatever her weight. :) The most important is the way you play. (if your physic fit your character: then it's good for you, it's a plus; but it doesn't make all).

And I don't deny either Christian Bale talent or Jennifer Lawrence talent. :)

The point here is that they wanted her to lose weight mostly because they didn't want to have a (according to them) fat actress. She looks not fat: she looks normal. Even if in the Hunger Games, she was supposed to starve and so be A LOT skinny, I didn't find teh way she looks shocking. Currently, before I read this article, I never saw her as unfitting the role. I saw her good acting. I saw her beauty that attracts most guys attention (like the books depicts it). :) Focus on what is really important.

frikasoss
frikasoss

@MikeAbundo Yes but it's also not healthy. And it seems that this girl cares more about her health than some role. 

DenaKelley
DenaKelley

@MikeAbundo - He was doing it to fit a role, not to fit unrealistic societal expectations on women. There's a difference.

chokingkojak
chokingkojak

@imaginessa @chokingkojak  "what this attitude you are pushing is doing to our young women everywhere."

Hopefully, it's pushing fat young women to lose some da-n weight. The smart ones will thank me later.


CamilleChaustreMcNally
CamilleChaustreMcNally

@darquis @MikeAbundo Additionally, starving yourself at age 20 is much much worse for your body than starving yourself at 35.  It's much more likely to lead to osteoporosis. 

VanessaDeHartWilliams
VanessaDeHartWilliams

@Elle_ @MikeAbundo Elle, if you have seen the movie, or read the book, you would know Katniss was NOT starving because she hunts, and goes into the woods. She also knows what plants are okay to eat. She is healthy, and is supposed to be. That's why she wins. 

BrittKemp
BrittKemp

@chokingkojak @imaginessa There's a difference between having some extra weight (which Lawrence doesn't have) and being obese. Shaming people does not help matters. You can shame people all you want, but they have to decide what to do for themselves.

Elle_
Elle_

@VanessaDeHartWilliams @Elle_ @MikeAbundo By the way, I did read the book... But also, just with the movie, you can see that she knows how to chase and she knows a lot about plants, so you understand she doesn't starve.

Besides, try to watch the way you talk to people. You don't sound especially kind in your comment, unfortunately... :/ You sound more like: "Shut up! You didn't read the book. I did. So shut up and don't comment."

Plus, in the movie, she is supposed to starve: remember the part with Peeta giving her a breed? Because in my comment, I was referring to the MOVIE, not the book. ;) Because when they casted her, they told her to lose weight to conform to the movie.

Elle_
Elle_

@VanessaDeHartWilliams @Elle_ @MikeAbundo I know she is not starving but that's not THE POINT I wanted to explain. Come down people. I'm just trying to show Mike that she doesn't have to lose weight. Why all the hate?