From skinning a dead squirrel in Winter’s Bone to publishing a sharp essay about gender pay inequality, Jennifer Lawrence has done plenty of fearless things both on screen and off. But as she revealed in the Hollywood Reporter’s annual actress roundtable, Lawrence’s first-ever sex scene — with Chris Pratt in their upcoming sci-fi film Passengers — wracked her with anxiety before and after.
“Everything was done right; nobody did anything wrong,” Lawrence explained. “It’s just a bizarre experience.”
Lawrence said that she tried to conquer her nervousness by getting “really, really drunk,” but that plan backfired.
“That led to more anxiety when I got home [after] because I was like, ‘What have I done? I don’t know,’” she continued. “And he was married. And it was going to be my first time kissing a married man, and guilt is the worst feeling in your stomach. And I knew it was my job, but I couldn’t tell my stomach that. So I called my mom, and I was like, ‘Will you just tell me it’s okay?’ It was just very vulnerable. … That was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been.”
Directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Passengers stars Lawrence and Pratt as travelers on an interstellar spacecraft making the journey to a new planet. Read the full roundtable at the Hollywood Reporter.