Rumors of bad blood between Oscar-nominated actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain have been making the rounds for years now, ever since both talented beauties were nominated in the same category back in 2013. Lawrence walked away with the victory and the rumors were never put to rest.
In an interview with Haute Living Magazine, Chastain was keen to shed light on the true situation between she and Lawrence. Vogue U.K. relays the words spoken by Chastain during the interview on the subject of Lawrence.
“I know during Oscar season the media, because they were trying to get headlines and get clicks, they were trying to fabricate a fake rivalry between Jennifer Lawrence and myself. I immediately came out and said, ‘This is a media myth that has to stop.’ The women I know are not like this and I cheer for women to succeed, because I know when an actress succeeds that means there’s going to be that many more roles for women because an audience is going to demand it.”
Chastain speaks nothing but praises for Lawrence and was sure to express how compelled she was by Jen’s open letter which addresses the pay gap issue in Hollywood, noting how terrible she thought it was when the Joy actress received criticism for the letter on the very controversial subject. Jessica also spoke about how troubling she finds it when media pits women against each other and paints the stigma that females can’t get along or support one another.
“It was incredible. I loved her op-ed and I was really disappointed after she wrote it that she got criticism. Sometimes people have that attitude where, ‘You’re an actress making a lot of money, how dare you complain?’ We’ve kind of been programmed to be grateful that we’ve gotten this job, so don’t rock the boat. I don’t think that’s fair. Jennifer Lawrence coming out and saying that was really important. There has been a stigma out there that women don’t work well together. I’ve never seen women like this. I remember growing up hearing this myth, that women fight when they’re together and it’s completely inaccurate. I’ve never seen it.”
Jennifer Lawrence has been an advocate for a number of gender-related issues and has also been criticized for her viewpoints. Unfortunately Lawrence, along with a number of other female stars, was also the target of an online scam which caused personal photos to be confiscated and then posted publicly.
The man responsible for the crime has been discovered by the FBI and today plead guilty for crimes against the stars and additional women. Ryan Collins, the 36-year-old guilty of the crime, pled guilty to felony computer-hacking charges and could face up to five years in prison.
Vanity Fair shares the details of the case.
“Collins, a 36-year-old Pennsylvania resident, signed a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s L.A. office on Tuesday. Because he cooperated with prosecutors, Collins may see a reduced sentence of only 18 months. As Lawrence put it at the time, ‘The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.’ The law hasn’t exactly changed here, but both the successful capture and the felony charge should serve as a strong deterrent to anyone hoping to follow in Collins’s invasive footsteps.”
The culprit accessed the personal accounts of his celebrity victims by phishing the targets. As VF notes, Collins sent emails to his victims “that appeared to be from Apple or Google asking for usernames and passwords.”
The experience was quite obviously a terrible one for Jen and the star is likely relieved that the man who caused her such turmoil has been found.
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