Jennifer Lawrence might be famed for her chirpy down-to-earth attitude and all consuming love of pizza, but the 24-year-old actress has revealed that she feels imprisoned by the world of extreme celebrity.
While most people might see the endless wardrobes of Chanel gowns, chauffeur drivers, and private jets and feel a pang of envy for the likes of Lawrence, there is also a dark side of celebrity that is a daily struggle that most of us will never truly understand.
Lawrence explained that being jet-propelled into the stratosphere of celebrity with The Hunger Games has meant that she is haunted by claustrophobic nightmares and cannot leave the house for even the most mundane reasons. The [American Hustle](movie:381856) star explained that:
I have nightmares all the time that I'm walking through a mall and people start surrounding me and there's nowhere I can go. So sometimes it's easier to call one of my friends and ask them to pick up some bananas for me
Along with losing her sense of privacy (including the grotesque personal violation of her leaked nude photos), Lawrence admits that she sometimes feels like her sense of self is being altered as she is forced to interact with the world in a more cautious way. She explained that:
It’s difficult not to change when the whole world around me is changing. The hard part of the job that comes with the territory is losing a lot of privacy and a lot of control over things that just out of human decency you should have control over. I don’t want to change but people need to stop being such a**holes
Although Lawrence is undeniably a household name now, it's worth remembering that she's only been a mega star since [The Hunger Games](movie:44466) hit cinemas in 2012. In Lawrence's own words:
The day the first Hunger Games came out was a kind of bizarre day for me because I wasn’t famous 24 hours earlier
Unlike a lot of celebs who have been aggressively thrust into the public eye since childhood, Lawrence still remembers living a normal life in rural Kentucky, making the transition to extreme fame even more jarring. She told interviewers that:
I have perspective because I didn’t grow up in this business. I’m not from Hollywood. I’m from Kentucky. I didn’t become successful until a few years ago and I’m very aware of what the real world is and how much a couch costs
When you're struggling to pay the bills or living off three day old chili con carne, it's easy to sneer at Lawrence's personal struggles, but although unusual, her hardships are no less valid than our own.
As the infamous video of Kristen Stewart's vicious battle with the paparazzi showed us earlier this year, being extremely famous can be a prison that limits your life experience just as much as it enhances it.
So, let's not be this person.
Do you feel sympathy for Jennifer Lawrence and how celebrity has affected her life?
(Source: The Mirror)