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Jennifer Lawrence admits she barely understood film she starred in despite sleeping with the director

Rhianna Benson

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Jennifer Lawrence admits she barely understood film she starred in despite sleeping with the director

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Despite being one of the highest-grossing actors in Hollywood - with her movies having cashed in over $6 billion at the box office - Jennifer Lawrence is known worldwide for her loveable relatability.

Her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film franchise made her a household name, but her playful attitude during interviews and interactions with fans has bagged her the reputation of an international treasure.

We can always rely on Lawrence's refreshing transparency when it comes to the celebrity realm, she's almost like your older, somewhat goofy, sister.

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And earlier this year, the 33-year-old movie star made a hilarious admission about one of her most poorly-received films.

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The movie in question?

Mother! - a 2017 psychological horror film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, featuring Lawrence and her co-lead, Javier Bardem.

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Both Lawrence and the movie - which centred around her as an unnamed mother whose home was invaded by strangers - were met with middling reviews and mostly just left viewers and critics feeling confused.

The thriller-horror film was slammed for being overly disturbing and for having poor acting performances from the two stars.

Mother! was met with a mixed critical reception upon release. Credit: Paramount
Mother! was met with a mixed critical reception upon release. Credit: Paramount

Some speculated that Lawrence's character represented Mother Earth, whilst the invaders in her home represented humans exploiting the planet's natural resources.

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Even Lawrence herself has confessed that she doesn't understand the movie - despite the fact that she was sleeping with director Aronofsky at the time.

Appearing on an episode of Watch What Happens Live, Lawrence was asked by host Andy Cohen: "On a scale of one to totally confused, how much did you understand your film Mother!?"

Jennifer Lawrence in Mother! Credit: Paramount Pictures
Jennifer Lawrence in Mother! Credit: Paramount Pictures

Lawrence burst into laughter, whilst assuring her interviewer that she'd give a truthful answer.

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Between giggles, she said: "I'm going to be honest. Well, I was sleeping with the director, so I had the CliffNotes. So, five. Or four?"

Cohen was shocked: "Four?! Wow okay, that's not high."

Aronofsky and Lawrence hit it off on the film's set, but broke off their relationship two months after the film's release.

Lawrence would later admit that the film's poor reception put a strain on their romance.

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Talking to Adam Sandler, Lawrence reflected: "Normally, I promote a movie, ask people to go see it, and then it’s just out of your hands.

Lawrence admitted she doesn't understand the movie. Credit: YouTube/Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen
Lawrence admitted she doesn't understand the movie. Credit: YouTube/Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

"I normally just kind of let it go. Dating the director was different. We’d be on the [press] tour together, I’d come back to the hotel, and the last thing I want to talk about or think about is a movie.

"He comes back from the tour, and that’s all he wants to talk about and I get it. It’s his baby. He wrote it. He conceived it. He directed it.

"I was doing double duty trying to be a supportive partner, while also being like, ‘Can I please, for the love of God, not think about Mother! for one second?’

Lawrence and Aronofsky back in 2018. Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Brooklyn Academy of Music
Lawrence and Aronofsky back in 2018. Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Brooklyn Academy of Music

"I finally was just like, ‘It’s not healthy. Neither of us are doing it because if I read it, I start getting defensive.’ Especially because it’s my man.

"It’s awesome, what we did — some people hate it and the people who hate it, really hate it.

"But it’s nothing that needs to be defended and if I read a negative review, I just feel defensive."

Topics: Film & TV, Sex and Relationships, Jennifer Lawrence, Film and TV, Horror

Rhianna Benson
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