Jennifer Lawrence discusses her relationship with Harvey Weinstein in new interview
Jennifer Lawrence is often hilarious, but she's also been candid about her traumatic experiences in Hollywood. For example, in 2014, a hacker stole private photographs from a hundred celebrities (many containing nudity) and shared them on social media platforms. "I feel like I got gang-banged by the f---ing planet," said Jennifer. ""You can just be at a barbecue and somebody can just pull them up on their phone. That was a really impossible thing to process."
After the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, a lot of women came forward to talk about harassment. Jennifer opened up about a degrading experience she with a female movie executive. "I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks," said Jennifer. "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."
But what was her experience like working with Harvey Weinstein? Over 50 women have accused the movie executive of sexual misconduct, with the allegations ranging from harassment to rape to sex trafficking. For the "Women In Entertainment" issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey talked to the 27-year-old actress, and asked what she thought of Harvey.
"He had only ever been nice to me — except for the moments that he wasn't, and then I called him an asshole, and we moved on," said the X-Men star. "He was paternal to me. So I needed a moment to process everything because I thought I knew this guy, and then he's being accused of rape. We all knew he was a dog."
Oprah asks if he was a brute, and Jennifer agrees. "[He was] a brute, a tough guy to negotiate with. I didn't know that he was a rapist. And it's so widespread, the abuse, from so many different people — it's directors, it's producers — that I think everybody needed to [process it]. Everybody needs to deal with this in their own way; everybody needs to heal."
Oprah asks Jennifer if any of the sexual harassment stories stood out, and she replies, "they were all horrible." However, one where Harvey begged a woman to come into his hotel room was particularly disgusting, because you could hear audio of his voice.
"Being able to hear when the woman wore the microphone and Harvey was telling her to watch him shower — I felt sick in my bones for an entire day. I was just sick. I was just like, "I can't," after hearing that. And that's why it's so important to talk about abuse, all of the different forms of abuse, because he didn't lay a finger on her, and I felt chilled to my bones. Imagine having a man who is that powerful telling you to do something [and] you're saying no. [He's] threatening you, saying, "Don't embarrass me. We're at this hotel."
The discussion concludes with Jennifer saying "men need more social awareness." Then Oprah asks if she's met President Trump - who is accused of sexual misconduct by over 20 women. J-Law says no, but if she does, she's "got a pretty good speech, and it ends with a martini to the face." Hey, if words don't work to wake people up, that might!