Jennifer Lawrence: The ‘awards season is synced with my menstrual cycle’


I can’t help it: I’m still a Jennifer Lawrence-stan. I was super-excited when I saw (earlier this morning) that she covers the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar. I was giddy at the prospect of a new, confessional, soundbyte-crazy interview from Jennifer. And she delivered! She could teach a class in how to give a great interview. Jennifer is currently promoting X-Men: Apocalypse, and the setting for the piece is… J-Law in New York, enjoying some free time and relaxing. It’s pretty great. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Hanging out with Aziz Ansari on Valentine’s Day: “It was the one night I could see Aziz. For Valentine’s he got me a stuffed animal, and I got him a ‘That’s So Raven’ Valentine’s Day card.”

She doesn’t have a type: “I don’t think so because patterns are the work of the devil… If I think about all of my ex-boyfriends, they are all so uncomparable.”

She’s been celibate for a while: “Sex? Someone explain to me what it is.”

Her Lenny essay on pay equality: “I had no idea it was going to blow up like that. And I obviously only absorbed the negative. I didn’t pay any attention to the positive feedback. My parents get really upset. They do not like me speaking out about anything political because it’s hard to see your kid take criticism. But, really, people who criticized it are people who think women should not be paid the same as men. So I don’t really care what those people think.”

Being the butt of “poor little rich girl” jokes now: “I try not to be too sensitive to the ‘poor rich girl’ jokes. I was saying my reality is absolutely fabulous, but it is not the reality of a lot of women in America. That’s what I’m talking about.”

On feminism: “I don’t know why that word is so scary to people; it shouldn’t be, because it just means equality. If we are moving forward in a society, you are feeling stronger as a woman, and you want to be taken more seriously. You don’t have to take away the wonderful traits that come with being a woman: We are sensitive. We are pleasers. We’re empathetic. All those things that can keep you from asking for what you want or making mistakes.”

She’s not a crazy-partier: “I don’t really stay out late. I’m kind of a bummer. I’m a nana. It’s hard to get me out, and when I do go out I don’t really stay out late. If I do stay out late and I’m partying hard, I will throw up. I don’t have the tolerance to black out; I just start puking….Ask Emma Stone. It was the night we saw Adele in L.A. She just started rubbing my back. She was really sweet. I was like, ‘Get out of here. It’s so gross.’ Woody [Harrelson] cut his foot. He stayed over in one of my guest bedrooms, but that’s where I started puking. I broke a candle because I can’t just puke like a normal person—I flay my arms everywhere. And I didn’t clean it up because I’m an a–hole. The next day he cut his foot open. I was like, ‘F–k, am I going to get sued?’ And he’s like, ‘Are you going to ask if I’m okay?’ That night got crazy.”

The last thing she bought for herself: “A pair of earrings. I don’t have a boyfriend, so I have to do that sh-t on my own.”

The red Dior dress she wore to the Golden Globes: “That was my plan-B dress. Plan A was a dress that I couldn’t wear because awards season is synced with my menstrual cycle, and it has been for years.” The red won because “it was loose at the front. And I didn’t have to worry about sucking anything in. The other dress was really tight, and I’m not going to suck in my uterus. I don’t have to do that.”

Body image: “I would like us to make a new normal-body type. Everybody says, ‘We love that there is somebody with a normal body!’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t feel like I have a normal body.’ I do Pilates every day. I eat, but I work out a lot more than a normal person. I think we’ve gotten so used to underweight that when you are a normal weight it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, she’s curvy.’ Which is crazy. The bare minimum, just for me, would be to up the ante. At least so I don’t feel like the fattest one.”

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

You know one of things I love most about Jennifer? She openly talks about her period, cramps, bloating and all of the sh-t show stuff that comes with being a woman. I really love that. And I love that she talks about being on the Pill too and how her hormones go crazy sometimes – most actresses don’t want you to think of them that way. Most actresses don’t want you to think about how they have periods and they need to choose gowns based on whether Aunt Flo is in town. Also: I want a “That’s So Raven” card from J-Law.


Photos courtesy of Mario Sorrenti/Harper’s Bazaar.

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  1. SilkyMalice says:

    ” I’m not going to suck in my uterus. I don’t have to do that.”


  2. Tash says:

    I can’t help it, I like her. She can be annoying sometimes but that’s what makes her normal. And I think she knows she’s annoying.

    • Kitten says:

      I go back and forth with her but mostly I like her.
      People love to sh*t on her for being crass or whatever, but you cannot deny that she gives fantastic interview. She had me giggling the way I do when I talk to my girlfriends.

      • V4Real says:

        I’m like you. I also go back and forth with her. To me at times she comes off childish and annoying but then I look at how I act around my close friends. I tend to say some dumb crap to them but they know me and know my intent. JLaw just says it to the world as if we’re all her close friends.

        But yeah I get annoyed with her and sometimes give her shit. But hey, sometimes I get annoyed with my son and nephews but I still love them.

        I really like what she said about body image.

      • Mimz, says:

        Me too, this was a good interview, not cringe worthy as usual… and I like what she says about her body type. And that she finally distanced herself from that “i eat burgers all the time, unlike those other actresses” .. I mean, she probably does, but she admits she works out a lot and is still pretty lean. So, honesty, yay. her BFF Amy should take a hint.

    • jenben says:

      Same. And I never really thought of her as a ‘poor little rich girl’.

    • Mgsota says:

      +1. I really like her. She doesn’t get on my nerves at all. I’m always surprised by the Jlaw hate.

    • Josefina says:

      Yup, I like her for that too. She can be a little much at times, but I like how candid and real her interviews feel.

  3. MousyB says:

    I liked that she commented on body image and admits she does pilates and eats well. Ive always been slim but i looked my best when i did pilates a fee times a week – it really works/i need to get back into it… That mixed with having the means to have a nutritionist, chef, etc – OF COURSE youll have an amazing toned body. But because of hollyweird’s fascination with stick thin, JLaw is considered “curvy” .:..

    • als says:

      I don’t think she’s considered curvy anymore.

      • OrigialTessa says:

        I think that’s her point. She’s also very thin, and does pilates every day, but everyone else is just skeletal that her body is somehow considered curvy in comparison. She’s pointing out the error. She’s very thin, but still big compared to the likes of Taylor Swift and Emma Stone.

  4. Jbap says:

    Another great interview. Lawrence gives so much value in these magazine profiles – a bit of politics, a bit of controversy, some body frankness, and a few good jokes. And as ever she’s good on feminism.

  5. aims says:

    She’s hysterical. I’m a bit of a loud mouth with my nearest and dearest regarding periods and other things. We talk about EVERYTHING to the point that if our significant others knew,they would be uncomfortable. It’s just how we are, when we get together we keep it real.

  6. roxane says:

    Yeah she’s likable even though she can be seriously annoying, i’m warm up towards her after watching the roundtable of the hollywood reporter, I never saw her like that serious, constructuctive but still funny.

  7. Nev says:

    Nah can’t deal. Annoying.

    • Lurker says:

      i feel like she’s that one friend who thinks the world revolves around her. Like, I have a friend who, if she started getting sick, probably would proceed to freak out, flail her arms and start screaming. She would then knock over a candle, leave glass on the floor, and the next day, when she found out someone cut their foot on the glass, would start talking about herself and her night, and forget or not bother to ask about the bloody foot.

      She’s exhausting, in other words. And while I think there is SO MUCH to like about Jennifer Lawrence, and I do like her most of the time, I strongly suspect that she may be EXHAUSTING to actually know. I want to like her, but I’m too tired. She’s worn me out!

      • Jbap says:

        Judging from personal experience, you’ve just defined the meaning of the word ‘actor’! (Apologies to all actors currently reading this.) But, judging her by the standards of her naturally exhibitionist tribe, I suspect Lawrence is by no means the worst…

  8. Jan says:

    I love that she talks about having to work hard to stay her size. It does seem that her body is glorified as being the average girl, when it very much is not. It must be frustrating to work so hard to stay in shape and then have everyone just say how refreshing it is that she isn’t a size 0, when she’s probably a 2-4 and has to work hard to be that way.

    • Mgsota says:

      I remember making a comment on a J law story a while back about how I thought her body was pretty great. There were a few commenters that were like “no, it’s just an average body” and I was like huh? I don’t know what town they live in but that the town that I live in or the many different places I have lived…that’s a pretty great body. I don’t see a lot of people walking around with that great of a body to call it just average.

      • paleokifaru says:

        I remember when that happened and the response was so body shameful that I was too angry to respond politely to them!

      • Mgsota says:

        Thank you! It was kind of shocking!

      • I Choose Me says:

        I get people thinking she’s not the prettiest but who in their right mind can deny that the girl’s got a fantastic figure?

  9. Bam says:

    She’s less annoying in print, I guess.

  10. Tara says:

    She’s right about feminism and the way people aren’t used to seeing a healthy looking body, so they are quick to name it curvy. Curvy is Salma Hayek. I also think Jennifer Lawrence is aware when people might be getting sick of her and that’s why she was low key during award season and even showed up to the Oscars relatively late.

  11. Leah says:

    Great interview. I find it funny when people say she is dumb because of all her jokes about bodily fluids and so on.
    She’s clearly smart but equally also very silly. Her comments about feminism are spot on.

  12. Alex says:

    This is why I’m always a JLaw fan. She says the ish you can relate to. V-day with her best friend complete with funny cards. Party with Emma and Woody at the Adele concert is her crazy (which I believe because that’s been consistent with her for years). She’s single no matter how the tabs spin a story around her (the latest being her dating her bffs fiance, second time that’s happened). And she gets bloated and crampy at glamorous award shows and absorbs criticism like anyone else.

    This is the type of person I would be friends with. She reminds me of my best friend.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      You are not enough famous to be her friends.Look how she name-drops

  13. Pandy says:

    Good interview. I must say I’m in love with that black dress with the sleeves and now waist.

  14. fruitloops says:

    My job is synced with my menstrual cycle, I mean that’s just stupid, awards season is a season, of course sometimes events will coincide with her period. So does sometimes vacation, weekend, wedding that one has to attend etc.
    She is just saying these type of things for attention, I don’t mind talking about anythig but I don’t have the need to announce to my whole office that I’m on my period so this week it’s blue pants week, like she has the need to announce her menstrual cycle to the whole world.

    • Micki says:

      You know, a lot of ads about the period (in Germany) show women ALWAYS dressed in white. So when I see one on the street I ask myself :Has she probably…?

    • Kitten says:, that’s quite the serious analysis for what was clearly a light-hearted joke.

    • tealily says:

      I think she was probably asked about the dress. And yes, you are correct. Her menstrual cycle is obviously not “synced” to awards season. Some people use words in a way that is not strictly literal. They understand that language can be used to do more than deliver information, but also to create humor and elicit enjoyable feelings in their audience. These types of people are fun to be around. You might want to learn more about this process. I think you could benefit from it.

    • Veronica says:

      …I think it was pretty clearly a joke. And one said intentionally because most women have experienced the annoyance of an inconvenient period, i.e. it is relatable. It’s pretty basic body humor, not a whole lot different from when men make fart or burp jokes.

  15. Micki says:

    I actually prefer to choose my jewellery myself. My husbands pays.
    He chooses his ties and watches. I pay. Works, when the tastes differ.
    I can relate to her PMS story but had to laugh that the longest paragraph is about puking. Again.

  16. Esther says:

    like basically everybody who says they dont have a type she clearly has one, tall white blonde guys with blue eyes from england or australia with handsome faces.

  17. mark says:

    Same old real girl,real body, not affected by fame namedropping Jlaw interview.

    Such a normal girl

  18. Emma - The JP Lover says:

    When I get the urge to relate to a celebrity as a ‘normal’ person I watch Reality TV. 🙂

  19. Saks says:

    I don’t like her most of the times but this is a fantastic interview, it still sounds like her but she is not being crass.

  20. Singtress says:

    I want to be her best friend.
    I am old enough to be her mother, but I want to be her best friend…

  21. madi says:

    Maybe one day we get to the point where speaking about body positively wouldn’t entail slamming any type. We come in so many shapes and different figures. Millions of people are naturally skinny but have to endure on a daily basis comments like “sick, underweight, skeletal, real women have curves, eat a burger etc.”

  22. tealily says:

    I just want to say that I hopped on here expecting a stream of seething J Law hatred and I’m happily surprised by the comments. I always think she gives a great interview and she seems like a lot of fun.

  23. Veronica says:

    She can be thoughtless sometimes in what she says, but she does give a really good interview. I’m always curious how much of that is calculated branding and how much is genuine – which I suppose is a sign at just how good she is at being “J.Law.”