Two weeks after Jennifer Lawrence completed her Vanity Fair cover story interview, stolen nude photographs of her and other actresses were posted online Aug. 31, primarily on Reddit, in what Redditors called “The Fappening.” Some of Lawrence's responses to VF writer Sam Kashner’s follow-up questions regarding the photos, posted online Tuesday, were emphatic: “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites are responsible.”
Lawrence talks about being afraid of how the hacked photos would affect her career. “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she said. “It does not mean that it comes with the territory.”
Lawrence told Kashner that she wanted to write a public statement about the hacked photos, but that “every single thing that I tried to write made me cry or get angry. I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for.” She also described her mortification at having to tell her father about the photos. Referring to the money she made from films like “The Hunger Games,” Lawrence said, “I promise you, anybody given the choice of that kind of money or having to make a phone call to tell your dad that something like that has happened, it’s not worth it.” She said she caught him while he was playing golf, “so he was in a good mood.”
The Oscar-winning actress, whom Kashner said he knew “would come out swinging” when he followed up after the photos were published, has begun to recover from the incident, particularly now that the FBI is investigating. “I’m not crying about it anymore. I can’t be angry anymore,” she said. “I can’t have my happiness rest on these people being caught, because they might not be.”
The full Vanity Fair article on Lawrence will be online Oct. 8; the magazine hits newsstands Oct. 9.