In what might be someone’s nightmare, Mother! and Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence bared she was made to participate in a line-up of naked women as “inspiration for her diet” early on in her career.
Speaking at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event on Monday night, she said she had to grit her teeth at the “degrading and humiliating” experience after she was told by film producers to “lose 15 pounds in two weeks” for a role.
“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,” Lawrence said.
After she aired her objections to a male producer that the demand was unhealthy and inappropriate, he apparently didn’t understand the issue, and instead of worrying about the effects such a demand would leave on her health, he just told her that he “didn’t know why everyone thought [she]was so fat”, and that he thought she was “perfectly fuckable”.
“I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt I had to for my career,” Lawrence said. “I’m still learning that I don’t have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable.”
Lawrence’s speech at the event comes after allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who she worked with on Silver Linings Playbook.
Last week, she called the allegations “absolutely upsetting” in a statement.
“Every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human,” she added.
Lawrence praised the bravery of the women who broke their silence against someone as powerful in Hollywood as Weinstein.
“My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”
“In all of the sadness, I think it’s been oddly unifying,” she said. “It’s so fundamental to the female experience to be mistreated and feel ashamed of it.”