Actresson Thursday sought to clarify a controversial comment he made earlier this week regarding female-led action films.
In a video interview published Wednesday in Variety, Lawrence told fellow actress Viola Davis that, “I remember when I was doing ‘Hunger Games,’ nobody ever cast a woman in an action movie. Because it wouldn’t work, we were told. Both girls and boys can identify with a male lead, but boys can’t identify with a female lead.”
After the comment sparked criticism online, Lawrence told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that she didn’t mean to say she’s “the only woman who’s ever led an action movie,” but instead “that’s how cool it feels.” Have to emphasize.
Lawrence said she wanted to break “outdated myths” that have plagued the film and TV industry, particularly regarding gender bias in Hollywood.
“But it was my mistake and it turned out wrong,” Lawrence told THR. “I had the nerve to talk to a living legend.”
Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood’s most popular screenplays, called Lawrence’s comment is “untrue”, but there is also a “real bias against action movies driven by women”.
Leonard tweeted, “It’s untrue that no one had cast a woman in an action movie before Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games.” “It’s absolutely true that there was a real bias in Hollywood against action movies driven by women and because of this ridiculous belief that who identifies with whom.”
The approximately 45-minute sit-down interview with Davis focused on motherhood, inequalities within Hollywood, and their respective film projects.