Jennifer Lawrence Describes Her "Degrading" Experiences in Hollywood

Danny Woods
October 20, 2017

Reese Witherspoon, too. As the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal morphs into a full-on movement - marked by women in the spotlight, and out of it, raising awareness of the scope of the issue by sharing their stories of workplace harassment and assault - the Oscar-winning actress this week added her name to the growing list of those who have been victimized.

Meanwhile, another A-lister - Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence - has spoken about her experiences when she was starting out in Hollywood. "[It was] sort of insane".

"I can tell you that those girls are as duct-taped as one could possibly be, because they're in fear of getting their next job", she said.

People reports that Lawrence told the audience that film producers once demanded that she lose 15 pounds in two weeks-and that she was required to do "a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me". "We are stood side-by-side with only paste-ons covering our privates". After this line-up degrading and humiliating, the producer told me that I should use my naked photos from the shoot as an inspiration for my diet. "I can laugh now, it's OK".

"I stand here today to bring the message home and into the hearts of everyone who has felt threatened in this industry", she said.

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"The director of that film asked me if he could have me star in a porno as that character", Lawrence continued, "among many other things that are too inappropriate to repeat here". "He thought I was perfectly '****able'".

She also hit out at the agents and producers around her at the time "who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment". "But after hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these courageous women speak up tonight - the things that we're kind of told to sweep under the rug and not talk about - it's made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I felt less alone this week than I've ever felt in my entire career". In all of the sadness, I think it's been oddly unifying.

"In a dream world, everyone is treated with the same amount of respect".

"I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt I had to for my career", she said.

Lawrence concluded her speech by expressing support of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy's call for a Hollywood commission against harassment, and vowing to "lend my ear". I want you to know we are here for you. "We're all here for each other". She released a statement last week in response, which said: "This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting".

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