Now that Jennifer Lawrence‘s Vanity Fair cover is out and brightening up newsstands everywhere, we hope you’ve had the chance to admire the Ellen von Unwerth-lensed spread and, of course, the actress’ unfailing candor.
In the article, called “Girl, Uninterruptible”, the 22-year-old talks about her Hunger Games and Catching Fire directors (“They’re almost polar opposites”), her first audition (“I read the script and it was the first time I had that feeling like I understand this”), and the movies she’ll never get tired of watching (Bridget Jones’s Diary and There’s Something About Mary).
In the preview released last week, the magazine published just a snippet of the quote in which Lawrence proclaims that acting is “stupid”, and as endearing as we found her bluntness, we think the lack of context sells her a little short. Here is the full story:
“On the first movie I met this girl [via Make-a-Wish], and I can’t tell this story without crying. […] She had scars all over her body—burns—and she was telling me she was always so ashamed of the way she looked and she was so embarrassed, and now she has the nickname the Girl on Fire, but she loves it and wears it proudly. It gives her confidence. That was the first time in my entire career that I actually felt like there was a point in this. Not to sound rude, but it is stupid. Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.'”
Watch Access Hollywood‘s behind-the-scenes clips below from the 0:30 mark, and black-and-white footage from on the set: