Jennifer Lawrence said a 2014 photo hack that led to her private nude photos being shared online left her feeling “gangbanged by the f—ing planet.”
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, the mother! star opened up about the illegal hack, which Lawrence said she’s “still actually processing.”
“When the hacking thing happened, it was so unbelievably violating that you can’t even put it into words,” Lawrence said. “When I first found out it was happening, my security reached out to me. It was happening minute-to-minute — it was almost like a ransom situation, where they were releasing new ones every hour or so. I feel like I got gang-banged by the f—ing planet — like, there’s not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me. 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.”
Lawrence added, “A lot of women were affected, and a lot of them reached out to me about suing Apple or suing [others] and none of that was gonna really bring me peace. None of that was gonna bring my nude body back to me and [former boyfriend] Nic [Hoult], the person that they were intended for. It wasn’t gonna bring any of that back. So I wasn’t interested in suing anybody, I was interested in healing. I think, like, a year and a half ago, somebody said something to me about how I was ‘a good role model for girls,’ and I had to go into the bathroom and sob because I felt like an imposter — I felt like, ‘I can’t believe somebody still feels that way after what happened.’ It’s so many different things to process when you’ve been violated like that.”
The former Hunger Games star has addressed the photo hack before, including in a 2014 interview with Vanity Fair shortly after it occurred.
“I was just so afraid,” Lawrence said at the time. “I didn’t know how this would affect my career.”
She added, “I can’t even describe to anybody what it feels like to have my naked body shoot across the world like a news flash against my will. It just makes me feel like a piece of meat that’s being passed around for a profit. … Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world. People forget that we’re human.”
In the interview with THR, Lawrence also discussed the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, with whom she worked on Silver Linings Playbook (which won Lawrence her best actress Oscar).
“With Harvey Weinstein, it was bizarre. I had heard that he was a dog. But he was always almost paternal to me,” Lawrence said. “He was never inappropriate with me. I thought that we had a nice relationship where, when he acted like an a–hole, I called him an a–hole — I actually think the word I used was ‘a sadistic monster’ — but it was just never of that nature, so that was really shocking.”
In October, Lawrence released a statement condemning Weinstein shortly after the first allegations surfaced. “I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations,” Lawrence said in a statement. “This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting. My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”