Jennifer Lawrence’s new film Red Sparrow sees her play a spy who uses seduction to extract information.
Having been the victim of an infamous photo hack back in 2014 which saw private nude photos of her splurged across the internet, people may be surprised to hear that the actress is doing a nude scene in her latest movie.
Appearing on CBS News’ 60 Minutes, Lawrence was asked by host Bill Whitaker why she chose to do the film.
She answered: “I read this script that I'm dying to do. And the one thing that's getting in my way is nudity. And I realized there's a difference between consent and not. And I showed up for the first day and I did it. And I felt empowered. I feel like something that was taken from me I got back and am using in my art.”
Upon being asked if doing the film helped ‘vaporise’ what had happened to her regarding the hacking, Lawrence said it didn’t, continuing “But I did feel like I took the power out of-- out of having my-- my body taken from me. I felt like I took it back and I could, and I could almost own it again.”
She was also asked if she was worried that audiences wouldn’t see it that way. “I was, but it doesn't matter,” she answered. “It's my body and it's my art and it's my choice. And if you don't like boobs, you should not go see Red Sparrow.”
Lawrence also talked about feeling empowered when discussing Red Sparrow on The Today Show in Australia. She also acknowledged that she found the scene a frightening and nerve wrecking prospect.
“It was really scary to say yes to the movie because I knew the only way to tell the story is if I agreed to really do the scenes and go full Monty,” Lawrence said.
“It took a while to say yes – and the night before I didn't sleep at all and I was obviously really nervous because it is the actual nightmare of standing in front of a classroom naked. But then after I finished the scene, I felt empowered.”
“It was really scary to say yes to the movie because I knew that the only way to tell the story is if I agreed to really do the scenes and go full monty...but then after I finished the scene I felt empowered.” - Jennifer Lawrence #9Today pic.twitter.com/tc3L98NEhX
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) February 26, 2018