For Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” video series, Jennifer Lawrence sat down with funnyman Adam Sandler and discussed the downfalls of being a super famous face. For Adam, being a legendary comedian means when he’s out eating, for instance, people feel comfortable enough to “pull up a chair” and expect to join his conversation. In response, Jennifer confessed that while it’s “not as bad because I’m not a comedian,” she does keep her defenses up around fans. “Once I enter a public place, I become incredibly rude. I turn into a huge asshole,” she said, adding that it’s her way of “defending” herself.
“They say, ‘Can I have a selfie?’ and I’m like, ‘No!’” Jen said, though she did admit that she definitely doesn’t have it as bad as her friend Amy Schumer, who attracts a lot of attention because of her friendly and carefree onscreen persona.
This isn’t the first time the Oscar-winning actress has admitted to turning to curious defenses to avoid run-ins with fans. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph last December, Jennifer echoed similar sentiments of fans feeling too close to her because she’s a public persona.
“I think that people [strangers] think that we already are friends because I am famous and they feel like they already know me—but I don’t know them,” she said. “I have to protect my bubble, like, ‘I have a weird job—don’t let this be a reality.’”
Admittedly safety is a key concern for many major stars; after all, Jen’s friend Amy once got into an uncomfortable situation with a fan who refused to take no for an answer, scaring her and prompting her to make a no-selfie rule. But there are probably better, less insensitive ways to deal with the fans who are being respectful. For example, Emma Watson also employs a strict no-selfie rule, but instead offers up a much nicer gift: conversation.
“If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data,” she previously explained to Vanity Fair. “I’ll say, ‘I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have, but I just can’t do a picture,” she added.
Perhaps next time J.Law can consider offering up some Katniss Everdeen fan theories instead of a finger wag to her supporters?
Watch Jennifer and Adam’s full exchange below:
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