Jennifer Lawrence has admitted she was ‘terrified’ about stripping naked to play a Russian seductress in the espionage thriller Red Sparrow.
The Oscar winner, 27, confessed she spent a sleepless night worrying about the ‘nightmare’ scene – but felt ’empowered’ after finally doing it.
Her comments come after she lashed out at critics who slammed her for wearing a skimpy Versace dress in the freezing cold, insisting it was ‘her choice’ what she decided to wear.
Terrified: Jennifer Lawrence has admitted she was ‘terrified’ about stripping naked to play a Russian seductress in the espionage thriller Red Sparrow (pictured)
Jennifer touched on her nude scene in the spy film during an interview with the Today show in Australia on Monday.
The role struck a particular chord with her as she had avoided nudity since private photographs of her were hacked in 2014 and published online.
‘It was really scary to say yes to the movie because I knew the only way to tell the story is if I agreed to really do the scenes and go full Monty,’ she confessed.
‘It took a while to say, “Yes”. And the night before I didn’t sleep at all and I was obviously really nervous because it is the actual nightmare of standing in front of a classroom naked.
‘But then after I finished the scene I felt empowered.’
Not impressed: Her comments come after she lashed out at critics who slammed her for wearing a skimpy Versace dress (pictured) in the freezing cold, insisting it was ‘her choice’ what she decided to wear
Jennifer stars as Dominika Egorova, a Russian prima ballerina who is coerced into becoming a covert intelligence agent by her uncle in the film.
Trained in the arts of seduction and sexual manipulation, Egorova is sent on a mission to extract secrets from an American CIA agent (Joel Edgerton).
The Silver Linings Playbook admitted the torture scenes were gruelling to shoot, as she had ice-cold water poured on her naked body.
‘I was terrified. I don’t think I have ever been so scared of doing a movie before in my life. It was a lot of firsts for me,’ Lawrence admitted.
‘I was getting water poured on myself. I kept asking for it to be heated up. They said, “No, because then it will steam”. “Cool, so I’m really naked getting freezing cold water poured on me”,’ she said.
Anxious: The Oscar winner, 27, said during an interview with Today that she spent a sleepless night worrying about the ‘nightmare’ scene – but felt ’empowered’ after finally doing it
Worried: ‘It was really scary to say yes to the movie because I knew the only way to tell the story is if I agreed to really do the scenes and go full Monty,’ she confessed
She added that ‘pushing’ her body to come across as a trained ballerina onscreen was another major challenge.
‘Ballet was probably the most frustrating. There was so much training. I was like, “I’m not going to be a ballarina”,’ Jennifer said.
‘I get it, if you have a goal to get to pushing your body that far makes sense but at the end of the movie I was like “I’m not going to be a ballerina”.’
Lawrence enjoyed her first taste of success aged 21 as a runaway teenager in Winter’s Bone in 2010, before achieving mainstream fame as Mystique in X Men: First Class.
She explained that she was glad she didn’t find fame in her teens and missed out on the pressures that come with social media.
Nerves: J-Law infamously got ‘very very drunk’ before filming a sex scene with Chris Pratt for their movie Passengers that came out in 2016
‘I am just so grateful that I was not famous as a teenager and I was just like a little bit. There were so many times where I’m like, “Imagine if I had had Instagram”,’ she said.
It comes after Jennifer hit back at critics who slammed her for wearing a dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high split to go out in the freezing cold.
The 27-year-old actress told the Daily Mail during an interview at Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair that she wore the dress to Tuesday’s photoshoot in London for her latest film ‘because it was fabulous’.
‘I wasn’t going to cover it up with a coat or why would I wear it? It was Versace,’ she said. ‘I was outside for five minutes and if I choose to be cold then I choose to be cold.
‘I mean, nobody told me I couldn’t wear a coat. In any case I didn’t want to wear a coat at the photoshoot. I wore a coat to the photoshoot. But why hide the dress for the photographers?
Hitting back: It comes after she said she was ‘extremely offended’ by criticism of her decision to go for glamour over comfort during a freezing photocall for her latest film Red Sparrow (pictured from left director Francis Lawrence, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Jeremy Irons)
Defending herself: The actress issued a statement on Facebook, calling calls for her to cover up in London’s freezing weather offensive, saying ‘If I want to be cold that’s my choice too’
‘And nobody can tell me what to wear and not what to wear. It’s my choice to wear a dress that I feel fabulous in.’
Puffing on an e-cigarette, the Hollywood star added: ‘Feminism is equality. It’s social, political and economic equality.
‘It does not mean I have to wear a coat when you think I should. It does not mean I shouldn’t get nude when you think I shouldn’t. I’m a grown-ass woman and I can wear or not wear whatever I please.’
Bursting out laughing, she asked: ‘Can you tell I’ve had a lot of caffeine and that I’m fired up?
‘Seriously though, why is this a controversy? I wore a beautiful dress that made me feel gorgeous. I was with a bunch of men and they were wearing coats. So what?
‘People make controversies just for sport and it’s actually just irresponsible, because there’s no controversy there.
‘I’ll wear a bikini next time but, OK, I might wear a snowsuit over it if that will make them happy and stop people complaining. But just so we’re clear, if I don’t want to wear a coat then I’m not going to wear a goddamned coat.’
Her prerogative: ‘Nobody can tell me what to wear and not what to wear. It’s my choice to wear a dress that I feel fabulous in,’ she told the Daily Mail