Jennifer Lawrence on Leaving CAA, Doing More Intimate Movies Like ‘Causeway’: “I Had Let Myself Be Hijacked”
In a new interview with The New York Times promoting her latest film, Causeway, the Oscar-winning actress discussed her relationship to fame, acting in Hollywood and why she chose the kind of roles she took on — and that were presented to her — in her 20s.
Citing Causeway as a departure from her past choices and part of a new era of performance for her after a brief hiatus to start her family, Lawrence said she had started to feel more like a “celebrity than an actor” and was “cut off from my creativity, my imagination.”
“Everything was like a rebound effect,” she said of her project choices after Hunger Games, which included sci-fi and action movies like Passengers, Red Sparrow and roles in the X-Men franchise. “I was reacting , not just acting
Lawrence shared that part of that was influenced by her then-talent agency, CAA, which she amicably parted ways with in 2018. The actress said she was being steered away from “smaller material like Causeway,” Times reporter Kyle Buchanan writes, and it was at that point she “realized that too many people were involved in making the decisions that should have been hers alone.”
“I found out that a lot of filmmakers that I really loved and admired had scripts that weren’t even reaching me,” Lawrence told the Times. “I had let myself be hijacked.”
The Hollywood Reporter reached out to CAA to provide comment.
Part of what she had been “hijacked” into doing was sci-fi romance Passengers, where she starred opposite Chris Pratt, a film she said her friend, music superstar Adele, told her not to do.
She said that she was disappointed by the film’s reception from fans and that she was like “Oh no, you guys were here because I’m there, and I am here because you are here.” Wait, who decided this was a good film?’ Adele advised me not to. She was like, “I feel like space movies have become the new vampire movies.” I should have listened .”
While Lawrence has regrets about some of those big-budget movies, she doesn’t regret doing The Hunger Games and looks back positively on her time with the franchise, calling those movies “fantastic.” Still, the pressure and fame around them were sources of stress — the actress at one point compared her experience doing press to Britney Spears in the “Lucky” music video. She ended up bonding with her co-stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth.
“The only thing that gave my pause was just what it would make me famous,” she said of the Hunger Games films, before revealing how she got steamy after big press events. “The boys and me would always go back home to our hotel and drink whiskey and get stoned.”
She quickly adds, “My mother-in law’s going to love it!” “ I don’t do this anymore, it’s too much for me! “
Lawrence isn’t sure what to think about the upcoming Hunger Games prequel The Balad of Songbirds and Snakes ,. She only noted that it happened quickly after her stint as a franchise member.
Lawrence states, “That makes me feel old like mold.” “I remember being 21 and thinking, ‘My God, one day they’ll redo and remake them. But then I’ll be so much older! I’ll be dead!'”
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