During the Elle Women in Hollywood event – the same one where Reese Witherspoon opened up about being sexually assaulted by a director when she was just 16 years old – Jennifer Lawrence also spoke out about some of the “degrading” and “humiliating ” things she had to do in order to get to where she is today.
One haunting incident involved her having to do a “nude line-up” for an unnamed film, and then being told to lose weight.
“One girl before me had already been fired for not losing enough weight fast enough”
“One girl before me had already been fired for not losing enough weight fast enough,” she began.
“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.”
Jennifer Lawrence then went on to reveal what a male producer told her about the “unrealistic diet regime” that was suggested to her…
“He responded by telling me he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was perfectly ‘f**kable’”.
She then admitted that she felt “trapped” by all the big heads in Hollywood, and didn’t say anything because she felt she had no power. She also mentioned that she felt the need to keep quiet, and do it to further her career…
“I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt like I had to for my career”
“I couldn’t have gotten a producer or a director or a studio head fired.
“I let myself be 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’.
“I didn’t want to be a whistleblower. I didn’t want these embarrassing stories talked about in a magazine. I just wanted a career.”
Jennifer Lawrence said that she was never personally sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, but she made it very clear that sexual harassment is rife in the film industry.
She ended her heartfelt speech by saying that she fully supported Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s call for a Hollywood commission against sexual harassment…
“I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man, or woman who does not feel like they can protect themselves.”