Jennifer Lawrence is m'hero. Ever since she starred in Winter's Bone then stepped out to the Oscars in a to-murder-for reddish-orange Calvin Klein dress, I've thought she was the cat's meow. The bee's knees, if you will. Then Jennifer wowed me as Katniss in the Hunger Games, and now, in this latest interview with Elle, Ms. Lawrence has made me fall harder than I've ever fallen before for someone I've never met, whom I'll likely never meet, of the same sex. Her spell casting words? After saying she's considered a "fat actress" and "obese in Hollywood" (claims that are as laughable as they are understandable), Jennifer stays true to herself.
I'm never going to starve myself for a part. I keep waiting for that one role to come along that scares me enough into dieting, and it just can’t happen. I'm invincible ... I’ll be the only actress who doesn’t have anorexia rumors.
And that's a conscious decision of hers -- sounds like Jennifer won't lose weight to play a part a la Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables, or Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman in Black Swan. Jennifer doesn't want to portray or glorify an unhealthy body image, no matter what the role.
To that end, she received criticism for being "too big" to play Katniss, but it would seem that Jennifer was very aware of her body while preparing for the Hunger Games role ... in a good way.
I don’t want little girls to be like, "Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner." That’s something that I was really conscious of during training, when you’re trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.
Slow. Clap. For. Jennifer. How refreshing to hear that a young, 22-year-old star is not only aware of the effects her movies and celebrity have on her fans, but has taken steps to ensure that their takeaway is not that thin is somehow better.
Can I get an amen?
Do you think Jennifer is a good role model for young girls?
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