When Jennifer Lawrence’s personal photos were hacked in the 2015 leak of celebrity nude pictures, she decided not to take legal action. But she also made another decision – to not appear in nude scenes on film, too.
In an interview with Opera Winfrey for The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winner has spoken out about the decision, and why she decided to make a volte-face on it for her latest role in Red Sparrow.
‘I haven’t done anything sexy or sexual…since 2014, when I got my pictures hacked,’ she said. ‘I just thought ‘I’ll never do that again, I’ll never share that part of myself ever since it got shared against my will’. And then when I said yes to Red Sparrow, I felt like I was taking something back.’
The film is a spy thriller, in which Lawrence plays a Russian spy who falls for an American one, and decides to become a double agent. Her role has been described as a classic ‘femme fatale’.
Elsewhere in the interview she talks about the psychological effects of the hack, saying: ‘I would much prefer my whole house to have been invaded. That’s what’s so scary about electronic [things]. I have such fear with my phone and my computer and electronics. It’s taking somebody’s intellectual property but also my body. It was violating on a sexual level.’
She also spoke about the Weinstein scandal, weighing in on how it will change things for women in Hollywood: ‘The rule book is being rewritten right now,’ she said. ‘Men need more social awareness. But this comes down to equality, and until all women in every job are paid equally for the same amount of work, how are we ever going to be thought of as equals? As long as there is one group of humans that is overruling another one, there’s going to be abuse, [and] why would we be thought of as equals?’