Happy 27th Birthday, Jennifer Shrader Lawrence! (August 15th, 1990) ↳ My opinion is: You can have millions of dollars and a dream career, but if you’re not willing to stand up for what you believe, or if you see wrongdoing and don’t talk about it, then you have nothing. It’s the opposite of ‘Shut up and act!’ If you have a voice, use it. I don’t want to go into the grave just being like, ‘Well, I introduced the world to the Hunger Games movies and I bought a house on Coldwater! Goodnight!’ For me, it’s worth the criticism. The more criticism I get, the more the conversation is happening.
People say to me, you like to play strong women. I like to say: I like to play women who are terrified, but they find a way through their fear. That’s what the tat on my arm is about. We all feel fear. Fear is a part of human nature; it’s a necessary emotion. The secret is not not feeling it, it’s pushing through it. You know?
I’ve been to therapy in the past when I’ve had crisis moments in my life; I think it’s very healthy. I think that’s even a more acceptable attitude in America actually than it is probably back at home [in England]. I think we have to monitor our minds the way we need to monitor our bodies. And that’s part of what I touch on in my [UN] speech—when assaults happen on women and girls in these fragile countries, in these places of crisis, there isn’t the psychosocial support. There aren’t counseling services. It’s not in a lot of cultures to explicitly talk about things that maybe have happened to the body. So, repression of emotion, and shame, and guilt is something that really needs to be handled in humanitarian crises. Women need to have access to counseling services in the way that American or British women can have if something really bad or upsetting happens to them. I think [the stigma] is changing. It’s an evolution. The responsibility lies in people like you, as well as me, to make it a positive and not a negative.