At this point, Jennifer Lawrence is pretty over caring what people think about the way she looks. The actress is a big fan of food, but also hyper-aware of how Hollywood treats women in regards to weight gain and loss.
At Comic-Con in San Diego this week, Lawrence was asked lots of tough questions about working as an actress in Hollywood, but one of the the reporters’ queries was particularly memorable. The journalist asked about the double standard between men and women in Hollywood, and whether Lawrence thinks there will be roles for women in Hollywood that rely less on the idea that women need to always appear unrealistically young and thin when their male counterparts do not.
She responded cautiously, as Vulture reported from the panel.
“I would hope so,” Lawrence said. “This [statement] could blow people’s hair back in a good way, or it could be my last time at Comic-Con.”
“I would hope that there are more opportunities for women, but sometimes it’s hard,” she began. “I was just having a conversation with somebody about the struggles of weight in the industry, because they know that it’s something I talk nonstop about.”
The person, who was not named, had talked to Lawrence about whether or not there still was a weight problem in Hollywood, because many of the top female stars appear healthy, and not drastically underweight.
Lawrence, however, was unconvinced.
“I said, ‘Yeah, because once you get to a certain place [in your career in Hollywood], people will hire you and they want you to be in their movie, so they don’t care,'” she told her friend. “It’s more about the struggle for the actors and actresses who haven’t made it to a certain place.”
As she went on to say, it’s harder for actresses who are still trying to break out. Those women, she stated, are the ones being told they need to look different.
“I’m not really in a place where I can complain or speak to not getting enough roles, because I’m very lucky to have a lot of opportunities,” she said, in reference to her work with Hunger Games and X-Men. “But I would be interested to hear someone who is not in two franchises answer that question.”