Jennifer Lawrence reveals the reason she is rude to her fans in public
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most likable actors in Hollywood. When she does interviews, they're never boring. She tells off-color jokes, improvises witty remarks and speaks openly about sensitive topics, like the time she was forced to do a "naked line-up." Everyone wants to be J-Law's friend.
But that doesn't mean J-Law wants to be your friend! The relationship between fans and celebrities gts weird sometimes. For example, earlier this month, some adults were stalking a 14-year-old Stranger Things actor outside his hotel. Then, when he wouldn't take a picture with them, they got mad and trashed him on Twitter, calling him "ungrateful." You can begin to see some celebrities wear disguises when they go out in public.
As part of Variety's "Actors on Actors" series, Jennifer Lawrence sat down with Adam Sandler to discuss their experiences with fame. As the star of countless comedies over the past twenty years, the Sandman's had his fair share of undesirable fan encounters. (And probably a lot of Billy Madison fans yelling, "Chlorophyll? More like Borophyll!")
"I assume it's much worse for comedians," said Jennifer. "You just assume they're your best friend." "Yeah. I have that thing, when I'm out eating," replied Adam. "People do pull up a chair more than I'd say."
Jennifer agreed, and told a story about hanging out with her bestie, stand-up comedian Amy Schumer. Usually when Jennifer walks her dog at Central Park, everyone leaves her alone. But when she meets up with Amy, they're "f--ked." The fans swarm in like moths to a light, but luckily, J-Law's developed a clever strategy to scare them away:
"Once I enter a public place, I become incredibly rude. I become a huge asshole. That's my only way of defending myself. I'll see someone walking toward my table and just go [Nope]. Can I have a selfie?' I'm like, 'no!'"
That's actually a pretty funny response. Ironically, when J-Law tries to be unlikable, she just becomes more likable. Meanwhile, Sandler's got a different strategy:
"I don't shut 'em down. You know what my new move has been, that works all right?A guy my age wanted to take a picture with me...they go 'Hey, Adam. Can I get a picture?' I always say, 'You don't want that, man.' And the guy goes, 'What?' And I go, 'You don't want that.' And he's like, 'Yeah. Yeah, I don't.' And it works...what are you going to do with it?"
And case the previous tactics don't work, Jennifer has a third strategy: "I just just say it's my day off," she said, with a laugh. "It's Sunday. I'm not working today."
At the end of the interview, Sandler reflects that he enjoys "feeding" the fans, and meeting people, because he's in "the winter of his life." Just like us, celebrities will die one day, and just like us, sometimes they just want to be left alone at a restaurant. But hey, if Jennifer Lawrence won't take picture with you, just ask this teenage girl from Florida who looks just like her.