Jennifer Lawrence: I Had Fame Meltdown
The Hunger Games star admits she has struggled to cope with attention...
Jennifer Lawrence has opened up about struggling to cope with the pressures of fame, admitting that she has experienced a bit of a "meltdown".
The star of The Hunger Games has seen her profile go stratospheric since appearing in the hit movie last year and winning an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook this year.
And now she has told Vogue that all the attention has become a bit too much for her at times.
"I feel like a monkey in a zoo," she said. "I teeter on seeming ungrateful when I talk about this, but I'm kind of going through a meltdown about it lately.
"All of a sudden the entire world feels entitled to know everything about me, including what I'm doing on my weekends when I'm spending time with my nephew. And I don't have the right to say, 'I'm with my family'."
And she suggested that there was a double standard that saw celebs expected to put up with more hassle than ordinary members of the public.
"If I were just your average 23-year-old girl and I called the police to say that there were strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks, they would leap into action. But because I am a famous person, 'Well, sorry ma'am, there's nothing we can do'. It makes no sense.
"I am just not okay with it. It's as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven't been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal. I'm not going to find peace with it."
J-Law also claimed that she identifies with her Hunger Games character Katniss Everdeen because they have both had a rapid rise to fame and fortune.
"When Winter's Bone was getting nominated, I had only done indies, and suddenly I was introduced to this brand new world where I didn't feel like myself," she said. "I was in these weird gowns and listening to people talk about things I didn't understand. And I remember reading the [Hunger Games] book and being like, 'Oh my God, I know exactly what this feels like'.
"I don't know what it's like to get ready for your death, but I do know what it's like to be almost a puppet. And then when I was making the second film, I had become more acquainted with that world and I think that's something that Katniss experiences.
"She is different when she comes back. She does feel more comfortable in the Capitol, she understands the people more, and it's not as eerie and scary and unfamiliar. She kind of knows how to work the system."