Why Jennifer Lawrence Decided To Go Nude For Red Sparrow

Jennifer Lawrence nude in red sparrow

Jennifer Lawrence's new movie Red Sparrow is hitting theaters this weekend. We've seen trailers for the flick already, but what Lawrence has been most open about in relation to the movie is the fact that she gets nude in the film. It wasn't a decision that was easy to make, however. The actress recently revealed that she felt shattered after nude photos of herself were leaked during that major hack a few short years ago, a hack that affected numerous actresses in Hollywood. She told 60 Minutes that she didn't really like doing movies about sex, especially after the 2014 hack and it took some reframing to get her on board with Red Sparrow. She said:

I read this script that I'm dying to do And the one thing that's getting in my way is nudity. And I realized there's a difference between consent and not. And I showed up for the first day and I did it. And I felt empowered. I feel like something that was taken from me I got back and am using in my art.

Per Jennifer Lawrence, her ideas about skipping out on doing movies with sex and nudity in them were keeping her from signing on for a movie with a script that she really liked, and a film that she really wanted to do. The actress told 60 Minutes that her feelings regarding the hacking in 2014 "didn't vaporize" after she decided she could do nudity on the big screen, but that she could own when and how she chose to use her own body as an actress. She has previously spoken out about how the hack itself was "unbelievably violating" and it's clear the aftermath of the hack bled at least somewhat into her personal life and career.

Host Bill Whitaker did follow up his line of questioning with a comment and question about how others might take Jennifer Lawrence's choice to go nude in Red Sparrow. He asked the actress if she was concerned about how others would see her nudity on film, to which she responded:

I was, but it doesn't matter. It's my body and it's my art and it's my choice. And if you don't like boobs, you should not go see Red Sparrow.

Red Sparrow is an R-rated spy film. It's not geared to a younger audience as some of Jennifer Lawrence's other movies have been. And in a lot of ways, the movie is a brutal look at a prima ballerina who gets injured, who then gets inducted into a tough way of life as a spy, and who yes, is nude on the big screen.

Red Sparrow will officially hit theaters on March 2. As Jennifer Lawerence herself noted, if boobs aren't your cup of tea, you can check out what else is heading to theaters in March with our full movie premiere schedule.

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