Following a firestorm of criticism, Jennifer Lawrence is clarifying a comment she made earlier this week concerning woman-led action movies. The Causeway actress told Viola Davis in Variety’s Actors on Actors feature, “I remember when I was doing Hunger Games, nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work — because we were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead.”
She added, “And it just makes me so happy every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every one of those beliefs, and proves that it is just a lie to keep certain people out of the movies. To keep certain people in the same positions that they’ve always been in.”
"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
Twitter users took note of Lawrence’s comments about being the first female lead of an action movie, with many listing other great female action stars before her like Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Milla Jovovich, Pam Grier, Michelle Yeoh and Uma Thurman.
Now, Lawrence, 32, backtracked these remarks with the Hollywood Reporter yesterday (December 8). The actress said, “That’s certainly not what I meant to say at all. I know that I am not the only woman who has ever led an action film. What I meant to emphasize was how good it feels. And I meant that with Viola — to blow past these old myths that you hear about … about the chatter that you would hear around that kind of thing. But it was my blunder and it came out wrong. I had nerves talking to a living legend.”
Speaking of the way quotes can be misconstrued or taken out of context by the media, Lawrence told the publication, “One time I was quoted saying that Donald Trump was responsible for hurricanes. I felt that one was ridiculous, that it was so stupid I didn’t need to comment. But this one, I was like, ‘I think I want to clarify.’”