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“How did I do it, getting a period once a month?” Jennifer Lawrence pokes fun at success of female-led films

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Jennifer Lawrence has discussed how it feels to play the lead in a hit film franchise while having the audacity to also be a female human.

Discussing the success of her “female-driven” films at the box office in a new interview, The Hunger Games star said it hadn't crossed her mind that the achievements were worthy of comment simply because of her gender.

“As women we don’t know we’re at a deficit because we have vaginas,” Lawrence tells the February issue of Glamour magazine.

“It wasn’t until they had a headline like, ‘Even though she’s a woman!’ And I was like, ‘Oh. I didn’t know to be looking out for that.’ [Baby voice] ‘How did this wittle vagina manage that? I carried a whooole movie.’ How did I do it, getting a period once a month?”

“I think there was this studio mentality for a long time that women and girls can relate to a male hero, but boys and men can’t relate to a female hero. But that’s simply not true. And so we’ve fortunately proved that,” adds Lawrence.

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Lawrence in American Hustle with Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale

Lawrence, 25, also addresses Hollywood's gender pay gap, which was exposed following the 2014 Sony email hack – after which the actress partly blamed herself for not speaking up in case she looked “difficult or spoiled”.

The star, who can currently be seen on screen in Joy, now says she still doesn't blame Sony as a company for paying her less than her male American Hustle co-stars.

“The women’s pay gap is a real thing that a lot of people don’t know about. It hasn’t been in our consciousness; it wasn’t in mine […] Sony’s a business. You’re not gonna give somebody more money if they don’t ask for it. They’ve got to fit a million movie stars into one movie. They’re trying to realistically make this happen.

“My agent was like, ‘God, I feel like I look like a terrible agent.’ Well, no, because you have to do everything I say. And I said, ‘settle.’

“I just wanted to do the movie; it wasn’t about money to me at the time. But all the actors were doing that. None of us were getting our quotes. But the difference in who was getting a little less, and a lot less, than their quote was very vast. And I wanted to write about how I got in my own way. ’Cause I assume that in negotiating, the men were tough as balls.”

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Lawrence in Dior at the 2013 Oscars

Lawrence, who has a contract with fashion house Dior, also had a few choice words on her red carpet style, which she says she has only recently taken control of and describes as “slutty power lesbian”.

Telling the magazine that she only recently began caring about designers, she says:

“I think I had to take control […] It was like, if I don’t start getting an opinion, I’m just gonna be like a puppet that’s being dressed by everybody else.”

“[My style is] slutty power lesbian. That is literally what I say to a stylist. I don’t know if that’s offensive […] Dior is its own house that’s very feminine and beautiful; this past press tour every dress was just phenomenal. So you don’t see me as a slutty power lesbian on the red carpet a lot, because I’m embodying the Dior woman.”

And while the idea of Lawrence hanging out with Adele, Emma Stone and Amy Schumer doesn't sound all that everyday to most of us, the actress said her “lovely” famous friends feel down to earth.

“I love Emma. She cracks me up; she’s so ‘theatre’. She’s so adorable. And Adele and I met, like, a year or so ago. Adele and I are a bit harsher; Emma’s never had a bad thought about anybody in her life.

“It's so weird; I don’t like new people. But these two women – and Amy – they’re really lovely. And they're so normal. I feel like I’m hanging out with my friends – my friends that don't give a f--k about what I do.”

The full interview can be found here and appears in the February issue of Glamour

Images: Rex Features

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