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Jennifer Lawrence’s opinion: ‘You’re not gonna give somebody more money if they don’t ask for it’

Jennifer Lawrence

Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the “Joy” New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on Dec. 13, 2015, in New York City.

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What? It’s been only a few seconds since your last unfiltered Jennifer Lawrence fix? Allow us to help you with that.

The 25-year-old superstar sounds off on fame, being opinionated and her newfound friends in the February issue of Glamour in a lengthy Q&A that shows off her goofy side — this surprises you? — but also includes long, thoughtful answers.

Here’s a taste:

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Her current thoughts on fame, lack of privacy and being “allowed time off":

It took time for the Kentucky native to adjust to her superstar status after “The Hunger Games” made her a household name. The attendant fame and lack of privacy made her feel “angry and distorted,” she says, for “probably a solid three years.”

“I still felt entitled to a certain life that I just wasn’t allowed to have [anymore]. I felt like I had the right to say, ‘I don’t want to be photographed right now, I don’t want people outside my house right now, I don’t want my nephews in People.’ I felt so much anger of ‘Why can’t I just do my job?’ And then you just get used to it — and it just is.”


If only the “is” wasn’t always — not that she’s complaining. She knows she’s so lucky and wouldn’t take anything back and really doesn’t like complaining about any of it. Still, to be able wake up one day and say to the world, “ ‘Oh, it’s my three months off. You can’t photograph me’?” That would be cool. “I would love,” she says, “to be able to control being photographed.”

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On being opinionated and not blaming Sony for paying her less than her male “American Hustle” costars:

The buzz-generating essay Lawrence wrote for Lena Dunham’s newsletter “Lenny” was one of the few times she’s put herself out there without a timely promotional peg.

"[The essay] was so personal that it was scary. ... I completely agree when there are actors who say, ‘Actors should stay out of politics. We’re not politicians.’ [And] my business is based on everybody buying tickets and seeing my movie. ... It’s not smart, business-wise, to be opinionated. But then what’s the point in having a voice at all if I’m not going to use it for what I truly believe in?”

As for the content of that essay, Lawrence says she wanted to open up about how her “mentality” got in the way of negotiations. The pay gap between male and female actors “hasn’t been in our consciousness; it wasn’t in mine,” she says.

The “Joy” star doesn’t blame Sony, though. “I don’t think it was anybody’s fault ... Sony’s a business. You’re not gonna give somebody more money if they don’t ask for it.”


On her famous friends Adele, Emma Stone and Amy Schumer:

Lawrence made headlines in November when she was photographed leaving dinner with the “Hello” singer and the “Birdman” actress. As for hanging out with Schumer, the pairing of the two funny women  plus the advent of their recently completed screenplay  has set friend-squad goals even squad queen Taylor Swift can envy.

Stone is “so ‘theater’ ” and “adorable,” while Lawrence is “harsher” with Adele.  “Emma’s never had a bad thought about anybody in her life.” And even though Lawrence says she doesn’t like new people, these three ladies are “so normal.”

“I feel like I’m hanging out with my friends — my friends that don’t give a ...  about what I do.”

Of course, fans of the squad do give a you-know about what the women do, perhaps because their lifestyles allow Lawrence to share stories like this one:

“Amy and I have a life plan — we were with Diane Sawyer in Martha’s Vineyard for Thanksgiving. Not to brag. Diane politely threw it out, and then we’re sitting at the dinner table with her family, like, ‘We shouldn’t be here.’ Anyway, Amy’s always wanted to live on Martha’s Vineyard, and we saw this house, and we’re like, ‘This is where we’re gonna ‘Grey Gardens,’ and we’re gonna grow old and crazy together.’ That’s our life plan.”

Elsewhere in the interview...

Lightning round: Lawrence avoids social media because she wants less exposure.  The clumsy star swears she’s “not trying to be a .gif.” She rarely sparks with guys, though she finds “Seinfeld” creator Larry David attractive. And she calls “Passengers” costar Chris Pratt “Chocolate Santa.” Click here for more.


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