Jennifer Lawrence 4Chan naked pictures hack: Actress explains how she copes a year after stolen images were leaked

The actress said the distressing incident ‘was all pain and no gain’ 

Heather Saul
Thursday 12 November 2015 11:43
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Jennifer Lawrence was one of the first actresses to be targeted by hackers leaking naked pictures of high profile women on an internet forum.

Lawrence was also one of the first to speak at length about the devastating hack, condemning the publication of intimate pictures stolen from personal accounts as a sex crime.

More than a year after the images were published, viewed and circulated hundreds of thousands of times without her consent, the 25-year-old explained how she copes with such an enduring violation of privacy, even challenging her interviewer by asking if he has seen her naked.

“It was all pain and no gain,” she told Vogue for the magazine's December issue.

“But I don’t dwell on it unless someone brings it up. Have you seen me naked?”

Recalling the distress the nude images caused, Lawrence said she reacted by adopting her dog Pippi after spending hours crying over her. The actress was with her mother, who had brought along Pippi, when the images were published on 4Chan and dominated headlines globally.

“I was outside crying, and Pippi jumped up on my lap and started licking up all my tears, and I couldn’t put her down for hours. And I mean, hours. I was like, ‘Well, obviously, you’re mine.’ ”

Lawrence has enjoyed phenomenal success, emerging as the critics' favourite for her stand-out performances in American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook (which she earned an Academy Award for) and The Hunger Games franchise.

A number of her films have been directed by David O. Russell. The pair reportedly had a bust-up on set that witnesses described as a “screaming match” in February, but Lawrence was keen to point out that she was actually the one exploding at Russell. She claims he told her: “Genuinely, from the bottom of my heart, I am scared of you.”

“I was f**king mean on set,” she said. “I wasn’t mean to anybody but David. I would never be mean to somebody who couldn’t be mean back. But when you really love somebody, you fight with them. There have been times where I’ve said, ‘We should go to couples therapy.’ ”

In another first, Lawrence penned an essay for Lena Dunham's feminist newsletter Lenny shortly after it was launched about fighting for gender pay parity. She was raised as a Republican but struggles to identify with the party's conservative ethos and now finds herself criticising their policies publicly.

“I just can’t imagine supporting a party that doesn’t support women’s basic rights. It’s 2015 and gay people can get married and we think that we’ve come so far, so, yay! But have we? I don’t want to stay quiet about that stuff.”

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