Jennifer Lawrence felt her 'job was threatened' when she stood up for herself on set
The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Actress Roundtable brought together leading ladies Jennifer Lawrence, Allison Janney, Mary J. Blige, Emma Stone, and Saoirse Ronan for a discussion that included frank talk about Hollywood and their experiences in the industry.
As part of that conversation, Lawrence recalled an instance where she stood up for herself on set and felt her “job was threatened” because she spoke up.
Lawrence revealed she’d been branded “unruly” and “difficult” for calling out a director for speaking to her inappropriately. “I finally made the decision to stand up for myself, and then I went to go to the bathroom at work and one of the producers stopped me and was like, ‘You know, we can hear you on the microphone, you’ve been really unruly,'” recounted Lawrence. “Which was not true, but basically my job was threatened because the director said something f–ked up to me and I said, ‘That’s sick, you can’t talk to me like that,’ and then I was punished, and I got afraid that I wasn’t going to be hired again.”
Emma Stone jumped in on the conversaion, noting that this type of scenario results in actresses being branded “difficult.”
“I was called difficult and a nightmare,” added Lawrence. “I think a lot of people aren’t coming forward because they’re afraid they’re not going to work again. You need to be able to say, ‘This is wrong’ and have somebody do something about it instead of saying, ‘Oh, it’s wrong? Well, you’re fired.'”
Lawrence and her fellow actresses talked at length about gender inequality in Hollywood and the world more broadly, while also specifically addressing their current roles that have them receiving major awards buzz.
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