Why Jennifer Lawrence Feels Empowered By Her Choice To Film Nude Scenes After Photo Hack

“If you don't like boobs, you should not go see ‘Red Sparrow.’"

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Jennifer Lawrence never thought she'd do a nude scene in a film after her private photos were hacked and spread all over the internet in 2014. The experience left her feeling traumatized and deeply violated. 

"It was so unbelievably violating that you can't even put it into words," Lawrence told The Hollywood Reporter. "There's not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me. You can just be at a barbecue and somebody can just pull them up on their phone. That was a really impossible thing to process."

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Lawrence is still trying to process this violation of her privacy, but one thing that's helped her heal was acting in her new movie Red Sparrow. In the film, which is Lawrence's last before taking a year-long hiatus from the big screen, she plays a Russian ballerina-turned-spy. The script includes nude scenes for Lawrence's character, which meant she had to decide whether she was willing to appear naked after what happened to her. She opened up about her decision to go through with it in an interview with Bill Whitaker on 60 Minutes on Sunday.

"I read this script that I'm dying to do and the one thing that's getting in my way is nudity," Lawrence said. "I realized there's a difference between consent and not."

That distinction is an important one. The choice to appear nude had been taken from her in the illegal hacking incident. But here, with this film, she wasn't powerless. She had a choice. And so she made one. 

"I showed up for the first day and I did it. And I felt empowered. I feel like something that was taken from me I got back and am using in my art," Lawrence said. 

The photo hack experience hasn't "vaporized" as a result of Lawrence's consensual on-screen nudity, but she has been able to overcome some of the struggles she faced because of it. 

"It didn't vaporize," Lawrence said. "But I did feel like I took the power out of having my body taken from me. I felt like I took it back and I could almost own it again."

"Are you worried that audiences won't see it the way you see it?" Whitaker asked.

"I was, but it doesn't matter," Lawrence said. "It's my body and it's my art and it's my choice. And if you don't like boobs, you should not go see Red Sparrow."

Lawrence echoed this statement during an interview with the Today Show in AustraliaShe made it clear that the choice to do the film was far from an easy one to make. 

"It was really scary to say yes to the movie because I knew the only way to tell the story is if I agreed to really do the scenes and go full Monty. It took a while to say yes," Lawrence told the outlet. "The night before, I didn't sleep at all and I was obviously really nervous because it is the actual nightmare of standing in front of a classroom naked. But then after I finished the scene, I felt empowered."

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