Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence talked about a humiliating audition that she went through early on her career as an actress while attending the Elle Women in Hollywood event on Monday, October 16.
“When I was much younger and starting out I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks,” Lawrence said. “A female producer had me do a nude line-up with five women who were much, much thinner than me. We all stood side-by-side with only [tape] 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.”
“I can laugh now, it’s OK,” she continued. “If at any point you’re wondering, ‘Why didn’t I stick up for myself?’ I tried. I asked to speak to a producer about the unrealistic diet regime and he replied by saying he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat. He thought I was perfectly f—kable.”
Lawrence, who did not reveal the name of the producer or director, said she felt like she had no other choice. “I let myself get treated a certain way because I felt like I had to for my career. I was young and walking that fine line of sticking up for myself without being called difficult, which they did call me, but I believe the word they used was ‘nightmare,'” she said. “Every human being, no matter how successful they are, should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human. … In a dream world, everyone is treated with the exact same level of respect, but until we reach that goal, I will lend my ear, I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man or woman who does not feel like they can protect themselves.”
The Hunger Games star spoke out about her own experience after praising all the women for coming forward with their personal stories, amid the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“It’s so fundamental to the female experience to be mistreated and feel ashamed of it or worse, to be made to feel ashamed, but thanks to the women before us who [have] fought for our right to vote, for our right to choose, we are now living in a somewhat confused world, but confused isn’t bad, confused is progress,” said Lawrence, who was one of eight honorees at the event.