For someone who ends up on the internet so often, Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t actually have much of an internet presence. Sure, she pulls enough crazy faces and spouts enough outrageous quotes to keep us forever stocked in GIFs, but good luck finding her on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or Pinterest. In fact, Jen’s Google search history is also missing a major component: Her.
She recently sat down with The Daily Beast to discuss her new movie Silver Linings Playbook, as well as returning as Katniss Everdeen for Catching Fire. Partway through the interview, Jen talks about how she finds herself scared of the paparazzi chasing her around, and how she’ll make eye contact only with people she absolutely knows on the street. She also revealed that she doesn’t Google herself:
Hollywood is a lot harder on young women than men.
The trick to that is, don’t Google yourself.
Oh, God, no. I was trying to make a point to my friend that’s an actress. She was getting upset about these red carpet pictures. I typed in “Jennifer Lawrence fat and ugly,” just to make a point. It’s like in Mean Girls, when she’s like, “If somebody is saying something bad about you, do you want to hear it?” And she’s like, “No.” She’s absolutely right. You don’t want to hear it. I’m a one-year-clean no Googler.
What about other Internet technology?
Do you ever feel like the world is progressing way too fast for you? Everybody was talking yesterday about Twitter and Instagram and Tumblr. It was really confusing me and overwhelming me. I literally started losing my breath. People were showing me these hilarious things and I was like—I want to have this. What’s Pinterest? I don’t have it. I know by the time I get it, it’ll be something else. I bought a CD case less than a year ago.
And here we gave ourselves gold stars for not Facebook-stalking an ex or looking up our own (much more modest) Google results! It takes a lot of self-control to not look yourself up when there’s so much material on you online, from Hunger Games fansites to Tumblr tags to endless talk about your body. In fact, it’s the latter that seems to have kept her away. No surprise, since commenters are awful and call Jen fat when she’s perfectly average. In her new interview with Elle, she says, “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress.” But you don’t think about how much that must get to her until you read stuff like this.
It’s a bit of a bummer to find out that Jen doesn’t read her own press, which means she’ll never know just how much we want to be friends with her. Then again, it’s clear from the Daily Beast talk that Jennifer is already tough on herself, like when she jokes about her feet:
Try realizing that you run funny on a movie—at the premiere. My friends were over, we were three glasses of wine deep, and a Hunger Games preview came on and the first thing is the shot of me, pursing my lips like this. I don’t understand why nobody stopped me from doing karate hands. Hey, Jen, ball your fists, relax your face. I look like I’m imitating an ape. And then at the premiere I realized my legs are actually deformed. I really run insanely. Go watch the movie again. Watch me run.
Sure, she’s being her typical, self-deprecating self. Regardless, if she’s this self-critical on her own, then daily Googling herself would not help one bit.
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