Jennifer Lawrence Responds to Criticism Regarding Interview With Action Hero
Jennifer Lawrence has responded to criticism after claiming Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games was one of the first female action heroes.
The 32-year-old actress recently sat down with Viola Davis for Variety’s Actors on Actors discussion. She mentioned the dystopian film franchise, with the first picture released ten years ago in 2021, and the influence she believes her character made.
‘When I was shooting The Hunger Games, nobody had ever placed a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work – we were taught that girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead,’ she revealed.
“We were told girls and boys could both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead,” Jennifer Lawrence says of taking on the role of Katniss in #TheHungerGames. https://t.co/TqYPwDLCC4 pic.twitter.com/1qyqqkh8aX
— Variety (@Variety) December 7, 2022
‘And it just makes me so pleased every time I see a movie come out that just breaks through every single one of those assumptions and exposes that it is simply fiction to keep certain people out of the cinema.
It’s wonderful to watch certain people remain in the same position they’ve always been in.’
While some individuals applauded J Law’s views, expressing their love for Katniss, others, including fans and fellow actresses, questioned her assertion that she was one of the first female action heroes.
‘Hey Jennifer Lawrence, thank you for affording me the opportunity to thank the countless boys/men who were allowed to truly identify with a strong female character long before you were ever born,’ tweeted Star Trek: The Next Generation star Denise Crosby. There are a few of us…’
Hey Jennifer Lawrence, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to thank the many boys/men who were allowed to completely identify with a strong female character long before you were even born. There are a couple of us…@StarTrek
— Denise Crosby (@TheDeniseCrosby) December 8, 2022
Jennifer has since corrected her remarks to The Hollywood Reporter, adding, ‘That’s obviously not what I meant to imply at all.
I am aware that I am not the first woman to have ever played the lead in an action picture. I meant to emphasize how nice it feels.
And I meant it with Viola — to blow beyond these old myths that you hear about… about the gossip that goes along with that kind of thing. But it was my mistake, and the result was incorrect. I was nervous speaking with a living legend.’
So that settles that one.