As reported last week, it has been revealed that actress Jennifer Lawrence and director Darren Aronofsky recently broke up.
The couple met when Aronofsky directed Lawrence in mother! which despite generally positive reviews from critics, was detested by many. Audiences clearly hated it since its box office receipts amounted to a worldwide total of only $44.4 million, against a $30 million production budget.
In an interview conducted by Adam Sandler for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, the 27-year-old Oscar winner shared how the negative reception to the film had a bad impact on the couple’s relationship.
“Normally, I promote a movie, ask people to go see it, and then it’s just out of your hands,” she said. “I normally just kind of let it go. Dating the director was different. We’d be on the [press] tour together, I’d come back to the hotel, and the last thing I want to talk about or think about is a movie.
“He comes back from the tour, and that’s all he wants to talk about and I get it. It’s his baby. He wrote it. He conceived it. He directed it. I was doing double duty trying to be a supportive partner, while also being like, ‘Can I please, for the love of God, not think about mother! for one second?’”
Lawrence said the film started to take a greater toll on the couple when Aronofsky would read out negative reviews to her.
“I finally was just like, ‘It’s not healthy. Neither of us are doing it because if I read it, I start getting defensive.’ Especially because it’s my man,” she continued. “It’s awesome, what we did -- some people hate it and the people who hate it, really hate it. But it’s nothing that needs to be defended and if I read a negative review, I just feel defensive.”