Jennifer Lawrence says she's reclaiming her sexuality in the movie 'Red Sparrow'
In 2014, nearly 500 private photos of celebrities were stolen from 'the cloud' and leaked to the Internet. Most of the celebrities were women, and most of the photos contained nudity. (In some circles, the event was labeled "The Fappening.") The victims included several well known stars, like Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Jennifer Lawrence. Although the FBI caught the hackers and brought them to justice, it doesn't reverse the event, or its traumatizing effects.
We know Jennifer Lawrence for her wisecracking, anything-goes persona. She never seems to hold anything back in interviews and killed it filling in a substitute talk show host for comedian Jimmy Kimmel. But although the Oscar-winning actress seems comfortable in any environment, she has not been comfortable playing sexier roles since the hacking. In December, Oprah interviewed J-Law for The Hollywood Reporter and she said, "I just thought, ‘I’ll never do that again.' I’ll never share that part of myself ever since it got shared against my will.'"
But now she's reclaiming her sexuality in the upcoming spy thriller Red Sparrow. Jennifer plays Dominika Egorova, a Russian ballerina turned master spy, who seduces her targets, using her body as a weapon. For her first mission, she's assigned to target a CIA agent, and badass fights ensue. The challenging role required her to film erotic scenes - sometimes stripping completely nude. It was a difficult task, after having being violated by the hacking, but in an interview with TotalFilm, she says taking on the role helped her deal with the trauma.
"My character is told to strip in front of the class, and I had to strip in front of a class and an entire crew. I worked myself up [about the scene], I was really nervous. But [director] Francis [Lawrence] made me feel so much more comfortable. Everybody made me feel like I had clothes on. And then when I finished, I just walked out feeling empowered. I felt amazing.
It was never my choice for the world to see my naked body. I didn’t get to make that decision. In doing this film, in doing this for my art…I really felt, I still feel, empowered. I feel like I took something back that was taken from me."
The tagline for Red Sparrow is "Take back control," which is pretty appropriate. It must be a nightmare for your most intimate photos to to be swiped from your phone, and disseminated on the Internet, with strangers treating your body like their property. But by taking on this role, Jennifer Lawrence has taken a parallel story arc to her character, reclaiming her own personal power, and sharing her sexuality by choice. And nobody can hack into the cloud and take that feeling of empowerment away.