Sunday 19 November 2017

Jennifer Lawrence says she has ‘energy’ with director boyfriend Darren Aronofsky

The couple met on the set of her new film Mother!

Jennifer Lawrence (Matt Crossick/PA)
Jennifer Lawrence (Matt Crossick/PA)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Jennifer Lawrence has spoken about her relationship with director Darren Aronofsky for the first time, saying: “We had energy. I had energy for him.”

The couple got together after Lawrence, 26, starred in his upcoming psychological horror film Mother! but have rarely been seen together in public.

The Hunger Games star told US Vogue: “When I saw the movie, I was reminded all over again how brilliant he is.

“For the past year, I’ve been dealing with him as just a human.”

Praising Aronofsky, 48, who has a son with actress Rachel Weisz as an “amazing father”, she added: “I’ve been in relationships before where I am just confused. And I’m never confused with him.”

She added: “I normally don’t like Harvard people, because they can’t go two minutes without mentioning that they went to Harvard. He’s not like that.”

However, he is unimpressed with her obsession with reality TV.

She joked: “He just finds it so vastly disappointing.”

Addressing the chemistry she had with the director, she said: “We had energy. I had energy for him. I don’t know how he felt about me.”

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Darren Aronofsky (Ian West/PA)

The Oscar winning star said there were moments when making Mother! that were unlike anything she’d experienced as a performer.

It became so intense she hyperventilated and dislocated a rib.

She said: “I had to go to a darker place than I’ve ever been in my life … I didn’t know if I’d be able to come out OK.

“I ended up getting on oxygen. I have oxygen tubes in my nostrils, and Darren’s like, ‘It was out of focus; we’ve got to do it again.’ And I was just like, ‘Go f*** yourself.’”

To offer her relief from the set, some of the crew assembled a “Kardashian tent” for her, where she could relax with reality TV.

She said: “It was a tent that had pictures of the Kardashians and Keeping Up With The Kardashians playing on a loop—and gumballs. My happy place.”

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Jennifer Lawrence (Ian West/PA)

Lawrence said the huge success she has experienced has made it all the more important to speak out about the gender pay gap, a subject she wrote passionately about after it emerged she was paid less than her male American Hustle co-stars.

She said: “My thing with talking about pay equality is not—I use myself as an example, but that’s not what I’m talking about, obviously.

“I’m not talking about actresses getting paid millions less than their male costars.

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Jennifer Lawrence (Ian West/PA)

“My opinion is: You can have millions of dollars and a dream career, but if you’re not willing to stand up for what you believe, or if you see wrongdoing and don’t talk about it, then you have nothing.

“It’s the opposite of ‘Shut up and act!’ If you have a voice, use it. I don’t want to go into the grave just being like, ‘Well, I introduced the world to the Hunger Games movies and I bought a house on Coldwater! Goodnight!

“For me, it’s worth the criticism. The more criticism I get, the more the conversation is happening.”

Press Association

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