In a video conversation with Viola Davis for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Jennifer Lawrence stated, “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, we were told. Girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead,” for which she faced immediate and immense backlash.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lawrence clarified on Thursday, “That’s certainly not what I meant to say at all. I know that I am not the only woman who has ever led an action film. What I meant to emphasize was how good it feels. And I meant that with Viola — to blow past these old myths that you hear about … about the chatter that you would hear around that kind of thing. But it was my blunder and it came out wrong. I had nerves talking to a living legend.”

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Who is Jennifer Lawrence?

Jennifer Lawrence is an American actor who was born on August 15, 1990, in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Gary, a construction company owner, and Karen, a children’s camp manager. Lawrence grew up in Louisville and attended Kammerer Middle School before moving to Indian Hills High School in Louisville. She also attended the Professional Children’s School in New York City.

Lawrence began her acting career in 2006 with minor roles in film and television. She gained recognition for her role as a teenage girl who becomes possessed by a demon in the horror film The Burning Plain (2008), and subsequently starred in the independent drama Winter’s Bone (2010), for which she received an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination. Lawrence continued to receive critical acclaim for her performances in the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and the science-fiction film The Hunger Games (2012), which established her as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.

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In 2013, Lawrence won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook. She also starred in the X-Men film series and played the role of Mystique in the movies X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). In 2015, she starred in the science-fiction film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the final installment of The Hunger Games franchise.

Lawrence has also been involved in activism and philanthropy. She has advocated for legislation to combat climate change and has supported organizations such as the World Food Programme and the Joan Rivers Foundation for Women’s Cancer Research. In addition to her acting career, Lawrence has also served as a brand ambassador for Dior since 2012.

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In her personal life, Lawrence has been in a relationship with the art dealer Cooke Maroney since 2018. She has been vocal about her struggles with anxiety and has credited therapy with helping her manage her mental health. She has also been open about the challenges she has faced in the entertainment industry, including being paid less than her male co-stars and experiencing harassment. Despite these challenges, Lawrence remains one of the most popular and successful actresses in Hollywood.