Even though it happened in 2014, Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has opened up to Vogue and revealed that she is still nervous about her privacy being invaded and her personal photos or information being leaked to the public. Three years ago, Lawrence was among a handful of female celebrities who were involved in a massive hacking scandal — which Lawrence herself calls a “sex crime” — that resulted in private photos being put on the internet. It’s sad to hear that the actor, as strong and independent as she appears in public, still seems quite shaken by the incident.
For Lawrence, the biggest indicator her life was irrevocably changed is her comment on how she fears she was portrayed; she felt nervous of being judged. “It’s scary when you feel the whole world judges you. I think people saw [the hacking] for what it was, which was a sex crime, but that feeling, I haven’t been able to get rid of it. Having your privacy violated constantly isn’t a problem if you’re perfect. But if you’re human, it’s terrifying. When my publicist calls me, I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, what is it?’ Even when it’s nothing. I’m always waiting to get blindsided again.”
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It’s understandable that the feeling of being violated has buried itself deep in Lawrence’s psyche; going through that ordeal and trying to put your life back in working order is no easy feat.
It’s especially not easy when you continue to have your privacy invaded and misleading photos or videos are posted of you, as was the case when a video was posted that allegedly showed her pole dancing at a friend’s birthday party, which she commented about publicly on her Facebook. What should have been a happy occasion was soon marred by yet another invasion of privacy.
“My biggest fear from that whole thing was that people were going to think that I was trying to be sexy. Also, it looked like I had taken my shirt off. I was in a crop top. I did not take off my shirt. I’m on the phone with my lawyers, and everybody’s like, ‘Is there anything we need to know before it comes out?’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’s all there.'”
While Lawrence is continuing with a thriving career (she has two films coming out in the upcoming months), it’s unfortunate that she is being forced to deal with a violation of her privacy that still weighs heavily on her mind.