Jennifer Lawrence Clarifies First Female Led-Action Hero Remarks Following Backlash

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Jennifer Lawrence clarified her earlier remarks when she falsely claimed to be the first female led-action hero in “Hunger Games” in 2012 following the backlash over her comments and said that “it came out wrong.”

During an interview with the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, the 32-year-old actress said when she said “nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie” prior to her landing the role of Katniss Everdeen in the hit dystopian movie, it wasn’t what she meant.

“That’s certainly not what I meant to say at all,” Lawrence explained. “I know that I am not the only woman who has ever led an action film. What I meant to emphasize was how good it feels.”

“And I meant that with Viola [Davis]— to blow past these old myths that you hear about … about the chatter that you would hear around that kind of thing,” she added. “But it was my blunder and it came out wrong. I had nerves talking to a living legend.”


During a Variety “Actors on Actors” interview, Lawrence told Davis, “I remember when I was doing ‘Hunger Games,’ nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work — because we were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead.”

Davis, did not push back against the claim, as the actress went on to say that it makes her so happy “every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every one of those beliefs, and proves that it is just a lie to keep certain people out of the movies. To keep certain people in the same positions that they’ve always been in.”

Twitter users slammed the actress, noting all the famous female stars who had landed lead action roles for decades before Lawrence did, citing Sigourney Weaver in 1986’s “Aliens,” Angelina Jolie in 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” and Uma Thurman in 2003’s “Kill Bill: Volume 1,” as previously reported.

Not long after, people noticed that Variety had deleted the tweet that included Lawrence’s false claim.

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