Jennifer Lawrence has been receiving a lot of flak on social media for her interview with Viola Davis on Variety’s Actors on Actors series where the Winter Bone star suggested that before her nobody had cast a woman as an action hero.
In the interview, Lawrence said, “I remember when I was doing “Hunger Games,” nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work — because we were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead.”
Fans were quick to point out that there have been many women-led action movies way before Lawrence even started her career.
Check out some of the reactions right here:
One Twitter user chastised Lawrence by saying, “People like Jennifer Lawrence can’t make due with being a gigantic Oscar-winning star. She has to feel like she did something no one else ever did before, and by golly, she will invent something like that if it’s the last thing she does.”
While most reactions to the interviews were an attack on Lawrence for her comment, some have even come to her aid, saying that while she is in the wrong to suggest that she is the first female action star, her theory of Hollywood being of the opinion that boys cannot identify with female action stars is correct:
Lawrence and Davis spoke extensively in the interview about their journeys as actors, motherhood, and their latest films, The Woman King and Causeway. Lawrence 32, acknowledged that Davis and Denzel Washington’s Fences had a deep impact on her, and that The Woman King is her favourite movie of 2022.
Davis, 57, said that it was “wonderful” to sit with Lawrence since she feels that the two of them are “sort of the same type of actress”.