Jennifer Lawrence: actress, Academy Award-winner and self-acceptance queen. While we have major respect for the 23-year-old talent for her portrayals of strong female characters such as Katniss in The Hunger Games and Mystique in X-Men, there’s something we respect about her more and that is her outlook on body image.
During her interview with Barbara Walters‘ on the TV personality’s 10 Most Fascinating People, the American Hustle actress opened up, once again, about weight issues in the media. And we absolutely LOVE her for it. To find out what she said, peek through our gallery of the ultimate Jennifer Lawrence weight, diet and body quotes below!
"I'm never going to starve myself for a part... I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner.' That’s something I was really conscious of during training, when you're trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong — not thin and underfed."
On Katniss Critiques
"This is hilarious. First, people say how so many actresses in Hollywood look anorexic, and now they are criticizing me for looking normal."
On Mystique's Figure
"When I was playing Mystique in , I remember thinking, 'If I'm going to be naked in paint in front of the entire world, I'm going to look like a woman. I'm going to have curves and have boobs and have a butt.' Because girls are going to look at that, and if I look like a scarecrow, they are going to think, 'Oh, that's normal.' It's not normal. I'm just so sick of these young girls with diets."
Photo: Twentieth Century Fox
"I eat like a caveman, I'll be the only actress who doesn't have anorexia rumors. In Hollywood, I'm obese. I'm considered a fat actress. I'm Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach."
To Harper's BAZAAR UK
"Somebody told me I was fat; that I was going to get fired if I didn't lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn't still hurt me... If anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet,' I'm like, 'You can go f*** yourself.
Photo: Harper's BAZAAR UK
On Working Out
"I hate saying, 'I like exercising.' I want to punch people who say that in the face. But it's nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It's like, 'Here's your trainer. This is what you can eat.'... I do exercise! But I don't diet. You can't work when you're hungry, you know?"
During Catching Fire Promo
"We have the ability to control this image that young girls are going to be seeing. Girls see enough of this body that we can’t imitate, that we'll never be able to attain. [Katniss] is going to be their hero, and we have control over that. So it's kind of an amazing opportunity to rid ourselves of that in this industry. I think it's better to look strong and healthy. I feel like someone like Kate Moss running at you with a bow and arrow wouldn't really be scary."
To Marie Claire South Africa
"I'd rather look chubby on screen and like a person in real life."
Photo: Marie Claire South Africa
During Silver Linings Playbook Promo
"I'm a woman that's living in this world of everybody telling everyone how they should look, and what they should be eating and how people can lose this much weight this fast, and it just kind of overwhelms our senses. If I could just make the tiniest bit of difference in getting rid of that because it is so annoying, I would love that."
Photo: The Weinstein Company
To Barbara Walters
"Why is humiliating people funny?... I think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. If we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect that it has on our younger generation, then why aren't we regulating things like calling people 'fat?'"