"I have a secret"
Jennifer Lawrence reportedly “always knew” she would be famous, so considered herself ready to deal with it in the wake of The Hunger Games’ huge success.
The revelation was made by former Paramount Studios CEO Sherry Lansing, who was presenting Lawrence with an award named after her at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power 100 Women in Entertainment breakfast.
Sharing the story of their first meeting, Lansing explained: “I first met Jennifer over five years ago, and it was at a small dinner party at [studio executive] Michael Burns’ house,” Lansing said. “There were about 12 people there and Michael came over to me and he asked me if I could sit next to Jennifer. He told me he was worried about her. Michael told me that Hunger Games was about to come out and he believed that it was going to be a hugely successful film and he said that Jennifer had absolutely no idea how her life was going to change.”
“As I watched her interact with the other guests, I saw a highly confident woman and I really didn’t think she needed any advice from anyone,” Lansing continued. “But then, Jennifer did something quite remarkable. She turned to me and she said, ‘I know Michael is worried about me, and I know he wanted you to talk to me but please don’t worry about me.’”
Lansig then said that Lawrence then told her, “I have a secret. I always knew I was going to be famous, so I am totally prepared for it,” as Lawrence looked on embarrassed from the audience.
“In that simple, direct honesty I actually knew everything I needed to know about Jennifer,” Lansing added. “I knew she was a very, very special person and I knew she was going to be more than fine.”
Recent months have seen Jennifer Lawrence become a prominent figure in the highlighting of film industry sexism, revealing that she was forced into a “nude line-up” of women during her early career, and felt her job was threatened after she stood up to an abusive director.
Speaking as part of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Actress Roundtable, Lawrence recounted a time where a director made inappropriate remarks towards her.
“I finally made the decision to stand up for myself,” she says, “and then I went to go to the bathroom at work and one of the producers stopped me and was like, ‘You know, we can hear you on the microphone, you’ve been really unruly. Which was not true, but basically my job was threatened because the director said something fucked up to me and I said, ‘That’s sick, you can’t talk to me like that,’ and then I was punished, and I got afraid that I wasn’t going to be hired again.”