“Who am I?”

Jennifer Lawrence talks gender inequality, break-up and Amy Schumer with Diane Sawyer

Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" (Los Juegos del Hambre: Sinsajo Parte 2) photocall at the Villamagna Hotel on November 10, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

With the release of the final movie in the Hunger Games franchise and David O’ Russell’s Joy, where she plays the title character, Miracle Mop-inventor Joy Mangano, the final weeks of 2015 are going to be all about J-Law. On Thursday, she started off her media blitz with an open-hearted interview on Nightline with Diane Sawyer and, of course, on the heels of Lawrence’s essay in the Lenny newsletter, the issue of the gender gap came up again. “My question to myself was why am I not asking for it?” she wondered. “And I think I know I have always kind of carried a habit of submissiveness with the idea that it makes me more likeable,” she told Sawyer, adding: “I felt like I had had to say something because we need to talk about it.” She also said she hoped society would evolve from its “intrinsic” impulse to judge women more harshly than men for standing up and speaking their mind, and hoped we would no longer have to emphasize the difference when a blockbuster happens to be “female-driven”.

Lawrence also brought up her new-found friendship with Amy Schumer — with whom she’s currently working on a screenplay — saying she brings something to her life that’s “so special”,  and how they both have a “kind of protection” over each other. “I’ve been famous longer than she has so I feel a certain protectiveness in that sense and we both are incredibly blunt and opinionated.”

The still only 25-year old Oscar winner also got very personal with Sawyer, telling her she definitely wanted to be a mother, but wasn’t so sure about getting married, and reflecting on the doubts that came with the ending of the Hunger Games series, which coincided with her break-up with her  boyfriend of five years, X-Men co-star Nicholas Hoult: “Who am I without these movies?” she asked herself. “Who am I without this man?”

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.


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