Jennifer Lawrence says Donald Trump's election left her devastated and helpless: 'My head exploded'

Actor says she felt obliged to better educate herself in response

Maya Oppenheim
Saturday 24 February 2018 19:19
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Jennifer Lawrence said that when Donald Trump got elected her head exploded

Jennifer Lawrence has said the election of Donald Trump left her “devastated” and compelled to educate herself about politics.

The 27-year-old actor, who has starred in Silver Livings Playbook, X-Men, and American Hustle, said her “head exploded” after the billionaire property developer was elected president in 2016.

“I felt helpless, I felt scared, I felt devastated, and I found the only thing I could actually do is educate myself,” Lawrence said at a talk at The Wing, a co-working and community space for women, in New York City.

“The more I educated myself on our government the more I realised everything that I care about… is affected by corruption,” she added.

“It doesn’t matter who we have in office, these problems will still exist. That is what we have to fix.”

The Oscar-winning actor has long been an outspoken critic of the US President and has frequently lambasted him.

During a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey for Hollywood Reporter in December, Lawrence said she had never met Mr Trump in the flesh but a meeting would no doubt end with “a martini to the face”.

“I’ve got a pretty good speech. And it ends with a martini to the face,” she said with a laugh.

After Winfrey asked if she would be prepared if the chance to speak to Mr Trump arose, Lawrence said: “Oh, I would, definitely. Oh, my God, I’ve been waiting for this moment.”

“I’ll give you a hint - it’s not nice. You wouldn’t want me to say it to you.”

Lawrence, who is a steadfast advocate for feminism and gender equality, has previously revealed she had two ferocious words for the billionaire property mogul if they were to encounter one another.

“I was at a concert that I heard he was attending, so I had my full security. I was like, ‘Find Donald Trump’,” she told the Graham Norton Show in May 2016.

“I was adamant on finding him and then making a video of me going, ‘Hey, Trump. F*** you!’ I think he knew I was looking for him.”

Despite being raised as a Republican, Lawrence stopped supporting the party because she said they do not espouse women’s rights.

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