Jennifer Lawrence is refreshingly honest about marriage and having kids

Nov 12, 2015 at 6:28 p.m. ET
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Jennifer Lawrence says she doesn't need marriage or a man to fulfill her dream of becoming a mom — but having Amy Schumer by her side is pretty great.

Lawrence says that her breakup from boyfriend of five years, Nicholas Hoult, made her question her identity and her ideas of family and relationships. One thing is crystal clear to her now, though: Marriage probably is not in the cards for her.

"These movies [Hunger Games franchise] had been my life for so long and they had to come first in everything," she told Diane Sawyer in a new interview. "I was also in a relationship with somebody for five years and that was my life. So my life was this person and these movies and we broke up around the same time that I wrapped those movies.

"I don't know if I ever will get married and I'm OK with that," Lawrence continued. "I don't feel that I need anything to complete me. I love meeting people — men, women, whatever; I love people coming into your life and bringing something."

But just because she does not see herself in a traditional marriage, does not mean she does not hope for another traditional role: that of mother. "I don't really plan on getting married. [But] I definitely want to be a mother. I don't really imagine getting married anymore."

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Don't worry that Lawrence will be lonely, though. She says her new BFF, Amy Schumer, gives her all the emotional fulfillment a girl could want.

"I didn't know Amy six months ago and she brings something to my life that's so special," she told Sawyer.

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"We both have a kind of protection over each other," Lawrence said. "She's older than me, so she has the natural kind of protectiveness that comes with just being older than somebody. I've been famous longer than she has, so I feel a certain protectiveness in that sense, and we both are incredibly blunt and opinionated."

Diane Sawyer's complete interview with Jennifer Lawrence airs tonight on Nightline.