Jennifer Lawrence on nude photo hack: “unbelievably violating”
Her role as the girl on fire, Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games saw Jennifer Lawrence turn into a household name overnight. The relatable actress then went on to win the Oscar for Best Actress at the age of 22, making her the second youngest winner in the category ever. But for a career with so many highs, she too has experienced some horrible lows that come with being a recognisable face in the entertainment industry. On August 13, 2004 Apple iCloud hackers stole and publicly posted nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence. In The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast, the 27 year-old spoke candidly about the traumatising experience.
"When the hacking thing happened, it was so unbelievably violating that you can't even put it into words," she said. "I think that I'm still actually processing it. 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 fucking planet."
"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 said.
For Lawrence and the other victims of the nightmare hacking, there was virtually no recourse from the incident. "I wasn't interested in suing everybody; I was just interested in healing," she said, explaining that "none of that was gonna really bring me peace, none of that was gonna bring my nude body back to me and Nic [Lawrence's former boyfriend Nicholas Hoult]."
Speaking of her upcoming film, Red Sparrow in which Lawrence plays a deadly seductress, she explained, "[The film] was really sexual, which has always scared me," adding that she has avoided taking roles of a sexual nature after her violating experience with the hacking. "So, for me, doing Red Sparrow - I felt like I was getting something back that had been taken from me."
Unfortunately for Lawrence, this was not the only time her privacy had been so publicly violated. In 2014 hackers (presumed to be from North Korea) released private information about Sony employees including documents highlighting that Lawrence had been paid less for her role in American Hustle than all three of her male co-stars. This has since prompted the star to speak out about gender inequality in Hollywood. Since being more vocal about sexism, and in light of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, Lawrence also touched upon her relationship with the studio executive, which she describes as "almost paternal."
"He was never inappropriate with me. I thought that we had a nice relationship where, when he acted like an asshole, I called him an asshole - I actually think the word I used was 'a sadistic monster' - but it was just never of that nature, so that was really shocking."
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