Jennifer Lawrence has confessed aloud in front of another famous human being that she turns into “a huge a-hole” in order to preserve her sanity around fans.
“Once I enter a public place, I become incredibly rude. I turn into a huge a-hole,” Lawrence told Adam Sandler in a promotional interview for Variety Magazine, (below). “That’s my only way of defending myself.”
Lawrence said that the situation only worsened when she was out with her friend, comedian Amy Schumer.
“I take my dog to the park all the time, to Central Park,” Lawrence said. “As soon as I meet her in the park, we’re f???ed.”
Lawrence is also not afraid of a quick quip in order to stop a fan taking a Selfie with her, often offering the excuse that it’s her “day off”.
On the surface, this might appear a little ungracious. Nobody thrust J.Law into the spotlight, it is her own choice. But Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar-winner, movie star, imaginary best friend to everyone under the age of 30, is still a woman. And women everywhere can relate to what she’s saying, which is that when a female asserts her right to not please everyone all the time; when she puts up boundaries, or says no, it’s interpreted as a-hole behaviour. Who among us has not been told to “smile” because it can’t be that bad? The inference being that women should be cheerful because it can’t be that serious.
But a man frowning? He’s probably got a lot on his mind!
Lawrence is no idiot, she understands that if she doesn’t make light of her boundary-setting, someone is going to accuse her of being a b—h. She also knows that, as a young woman, if she’s not firm from the outset, interactions with fans can quickly go from annoying to dangerous.
A quick glance around at the current climate shows clearly how little regard men in power have for a woman’s refusal to accommodate their wishes. How much more concentrated then, is the ordinary entitlement of a fan who believes he made Lawrence what she is today?
So let us raise our glasses to J.Law, who is unafraid of asserting herself, even if it means being perceived as an a-hole.