Wednesday 16 October 2019

Jennifer Lawrence said she was ‘degraded and humiliated’ by nude line-up request from female producer

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
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Aoife Kelly

Jennifer Lawrence has revealed that she was subjected to a "nude line up" by a female producer early in her career.

Speaking at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards she also revealed that a male film executive had told her he thought she was "perfectly f***able".

Lawrence was speaking in the context of the recent allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein from a number of prominent female stars.

The Oscar-winning star said she felt "degraded and humiliated" by the line-up which saw her pitted against a slimmer actress.  She was told to lose 15 lbs for the role.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 11: Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of Cohen Media Group's
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 11: Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of Cohen Media Group's "Faces Places" at Pacific Design Center on October 11, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

She stressed it was in the very early days of her career and did not reveal who the producer in question was.

"During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me," she revealed.

"We are stood side-by-side with only tape on covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet."

The "perfectly f***able" comment came from a male producer when she told him she would not lose the weight.

“I asked to speak to a producer about the unrealistic diet regime and he responded by telling me he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was perfectly ‘f***able’," she revealed.

She said she felt she had to accept being treated that way in order for her career to progress.  She did not want to be a "whistleblower" or have these "embarrassing stories talked about in a magazine."

The 27-year-old star added, "I’m still learning that I don’t have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable."

She also said that while the allegations against Weinstein are sad they have also been "oddly unifying".

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