In her latest appearance at Elle`s Women in Hollywood, for the first time ever, Jenifer Lawrence spoke openly about a “humiliating and degrading” experience in her early years when she was made to participate in a line of naked women.
In order to score a role in an upcoming movie she was told by film producer to “lose 15 pounds in two weeks.”
Lawrence also mentioned that another actress before she was fired from the role because she didn’t lose the “extra” weight in that short period of time.
Actually, the producers wanted to inspire her to lose weight by making her participate in a line-up with other naked women who were much, much slimmer than her.
During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me. We are stood side-by-side with only tape on covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.
Luckily, Lawrence gathered enough strength to tell him NO, refused to lose weight and told him that his demands were inappropriate. He replied saying that he didn`t know why people thought she was fat and that he thought she was “perfectly doable”.
Lawrence also admitted that she let herself be treated that way because at that time she felt she had to do it for her career.
I’m still learning that I don’t have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable.
Her speech came right after the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Harvey Weinstein. They both worked together on Silver Linings Playbook. A few days ago in an official statement, Lawrence called these allegations “absolutely upsetting”.
During her speech she spoke about the bravery of the women who came forward, saying that her heart goes out to all affected by these gross actions.
She also used this opportunity to praise all women from all over the world who had the courage to speak out and confront their abusers.
In all of the sadness, I think it’s been oddly unifying,” she said. “It’s so fundamental to the female experience to be mistreated and feel ashamed of it.