Jennifer Lawrence isn't shy about telling the world that she thinks Hollywood's beauty and body standards are total BS. After all, this is the actress who was once told that she wasn't skinny enough to play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games by a New York Times critic - she knows that there are plenty of pressures put on women to conform to a certain look. So when someone pointed out that plenty of A-list actresses aren't very underweight, our girl J. Law shot back with a comment that makes a ton of sense - even if it's so, so sad. At a panel at ComicCon, J. Law took the time to discuss a recent conversation she had with someone about Hollywood body standards, and she made an awesome point:
Jennifer's point is spot on - after all, it is true that some of the older, more established actresses in Hollywood don't have to be stick thin in order to get roles, even though I would argue that most of the top actresses in the industry still conform to a certain standard of beauty and body image. J. Law may be at the height of her fame with multiple franchises and an Oscar under her belt, but what about the up-and-coming actresses in Hollywood? If they don't look "the part," they may never get their first big role - regardless of their level of talent.
I had a conversation with somebody about the struggles with weight in the industry—I know that's something I talk nonstop about. And they were saying, 'All of the main movie stars aren't very underweight.' I said, 'Yeah, because once you get to a certain place, people will hire you. They just want you to be in the movie, so they don't care.' It's more about the struggle for actors and actresses who have not made it to a certain place, and there's a lot of pressure.
J. Law is lucky that her career offers her some sort of freedom, but it's not exactly like these standards go away just because certain women are able to rise above them. Jennifer has talked about casting agents and producers who have encouraged her to diet when she wasn't yet THE Jennifer Lawrence, and I'm sure there are countless actresses in Hollywood who feel that level of pressure on the daily. I'm glad that J. Law recognizes that she's one person who might be able to make a difference in how we think - now we need even more people in the industry to take a stand.