It’s Jennifer Lawrence’s world, and we’re just living in it.
At just 24, the starlet has accomplished more than most have in our lifetime. She’s an Oscar winner. She’s charted on the Billboard Hot 100 list. And, according to Forbes, she’s the highest-grossing actor in all of Hollywood, raking in a whopping $1.4 billion at the box office this year thanks in part to blockbusters like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
But for all of her success on the screen, she’s had her share of troubles. And her responses to those issues remind us that Jennifer Lawrence is more than just a brilliant entertainer.
More than money: Lawrence found herself at the center of “The Fappening” after dozens of celebrities had their private nude photos leaked across the Internet. She handled the hack with grace and dignity. While the incident could have remained a tabloid spectacle, Lawrence used an interview Vanity Fair to change the conversation back to society’s double-standard about women and privacy, especially when it comes to their bodies.
“It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting,” she said, labeling the event not as a scandal but as a “sex crime.”
“It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change,” she added. “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this.”
In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Lawrence rid herself of the World Wide Web’s ugliness by completely logging off as a result of the hacking controversy:
“Because the Internet has scorned me so much, I feel like it’s that girl in high school, that I’m like, ‘Oh, you wanna talk about her? Yeah, I’ll do that. … Take my hoops off, I’m ready to go,'” she said.
These aren’t just passing comments on the trouble of being a celebrity. Whether she intended to or not, Lawrence used an embarrassing episode to force the way women are treated on the Internet — and in society — into the national conversation. 2014 has been particularly awful for women:
Earlier this year, writer Amanda Hess detailed in Pacific Standard how common it is for women to be attacked online, especially if they speak up about issues regarding feminism and sexuality.
Hess herself has received numerous rape and death threats; critic Anita Sarkeesian, who has been at the center of #GamerGate, had to cancel a speaking engagement after an anonymous shooting threat was made at the school where she was set to appear. These are not isolated incidents, and Lawrence used her stardom to put them in the spotlight.
Look out for Lawrence in 2015. But that doesn’t mean we will see or hear less from the talented star. She’s reuniting with her Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell for a buzzy moved called Joy about a rags-to-riches tale of a stay-at-home Long Island mother who invented the Miracle Mop. She also has the final Hunger Games movie in the works, too.
If 2014 was any indication, Lawrence is going to rule 2015 — both onscreen and off.