Jennifer Lawrence has been consistently smart and grounded about her body and weight in interviews leading up to The Hunger Games. Now that the movie is out—and many critics have claimed that she’s “too fat” to play Katniss—we’re relieved to see she’s staying on message. According to new reports, the actress has laughed off criticisms of her weight and pointed out the double-standards in Hollywood.
The Daily Mail reports that she’s responded privately to the criticisms of her body:
According to the Chicago Sun Times, the actress told a friend: ‘First, people say how so many actresses in Hollywood look anorexic, and now they are criticising me for looking normal.
She went on to say that super thin body images ‘are too often adopted by young girls and women – thanks to what they are constantly being shown as being attractive.’
Critics have pointed out that the book portrays her character as starving (and thin), while Lawrence looks decidedly healthy (especially next to many actresses in Hollywood). Of course, Hollywood often features female characters would, realistically, look nothing like the women who play them, but outside of how inconsistent the criticism of Lawrence is with the rest of Hollywood, I think one of the strongest defenses has nothing to do with her body. As Autumn Whitefield-Madrano pointed out at Salon, choosing her for the role (and not requesting that she go on a crash diet to fit her body to the part) was a smart choice not only because it sets a healthier example for audiences; but also because it emphasizes that her acting—not her body—is what makes her right for the role.