Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most beautiful and successful actresses in all of Hollywood; unfortunately, that flattering truth does very little to help dispel her fear of a chance encounter with any number of scary fans.
This fear, Lawrence told Vanity Fair in a recent interview, is her biggest and most pressing.
The 26-year-old star of the Hunger Games film franchise – who recently topped Forbes’ list of the highest-paid female celebrities for the second straight year – recently sat down with Vanity Fair to speak at length about the apprehension that the actress feels each time she is approached on the street.
“You might think you know me, but when you approach me you’re a total stranger to me and I’m scared,” remarked Jennifer, who also stars in the upcoming science fiction film Passengers, to VF. “I get very protective of my space.”
“It took me a long time,” she admitted to the magazine concerning her fear, “to be able to [go out more in public].”
Lawrence is, after all, a very private person.
Despite pulling in an estimated $46 million last year for dozens of difficult, award-winning acting gigs, Lawrence calls her ability to maintain privacy from public scrutiny her most difficult task.
Jennifer Lawrence had a small, humble upbringing, and expects nothing less than such humility and graciousness from those who happen to admire her… preferably from afar. The actress grew up on a horse farm and was raised by her mother, a children’s camp owner, and father, who ran a contracting business, as well as two older brothers.
In particular, the former Oscar award winner (Silver Linings Playbook), Oscar nominee (Winter’s Bone, American Hustle, and Joy), and Golden Globe winner Lawrence told Vanity Fair that she has gone out of her way to avoid exposing many different parts of her personal life to the public at large, not the least of which being her dating life.
“[It is] a full time job,” smiled Jennifer, who also admitted that it is a job that she happens to “work very hard at.”
“In an age of unabashed oversharing, she is a throwback,” said Vanity Fair’s Julie Miller of Jennifer Lawrence. “She has perfected the now ancient art of personal discretion. [It’s] a tremendous feat, considering her age and station as one of the most public figures in the world. Sure, she’ll offer fans delectable personal details, but only on her terms.”
She is, as Vanity Fair’s Miller continued, “still a typical twenty-something in some ways,” albeit also with “some extraordinary caveats.”
More importantly than that, however, Lawrence also strongly expressed her feeling that one should never be afraid to come off as rude to fans whom he or she feels may be crossing the line. This caveat, of course, comes with a stern recommendation about what any fan should expect should they cross Jennifer Lawrence’s path.
“If I’m eating dinner and somebody comes up and a flash goes off from someone’s iPhone camera, I am really rude to that person,” said Lawrence. “Then other people at the restaurant will see and be like, ‘Oh, damn, I don’t want to do that’.”
No doubt, at least in her own eyes, the fear that this manifests could only help Lawrence in her quest to live a more private life.
Regardless of her own personal fears, or as some would call them, quirks, Jennifer Lawrence certainly cannot be criticized for her desire to remain more private from those who happen to admire her, especially in light of the vast amount of celebrity stalking cases that go down each year, just a small sampling of cases of which have been documented by the Huffington Post.
And no doubt reading that chilling list would only add to Jennifer Lawrence’s fear.
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