Jennifer Lawrence defends 'rude' behavior towards Joanna Lumley at BAFTA as 'inside joke'
Jennifer Lawrence describes exactly what went down behind the stage at BAFTAs 2018.
Be it award shows or talk shows, Jennifer Lawrence has always made headlines flutter with her clumsy and yet so relatable self. Most recently, at the 2018 British Academy Film Awards, we saw the "relatable, awkward Jen" persona jump out yet again.
Joanna Lamond Lumley was the receiving end of J-Law's bluntness, when the latter, looking radiant in a Christian Dior number, refused to concur with a generous compliment the British actress reserved for her at the BAFTAs. Since then, the Hunger Games star has been accused of being "rude" and "disrespectful," but she has come out and cleared the air.
For the uninitiated, Jennifer basically told Joanna that she was saying a "bit much" by introducing Jen as the “the hottest actress on the planet”. “Hi, that was a bit much, but thank you, Joanna," were her words verbatim. This exchange was met with an awkward silence of disapproval from the audience.
Many took to mean that the Silver Linings Playbook actress was being dismissive of the veteran Joanna, who is also a human rights activist. Her fans tried to defend by labeling J-Law as “rude” and “arrogant” on social media.
However, Jen, who appeared on Magic Radio on February 19th, revealed to Ronan Keating that her on-stage retort was actually an inside joke. Jen revealed that she had coached the 71-year-old actress on what adjectives to use for her, "just adjective after adjective – tall, beautiful Just say that I am this and that and she was like alright darling."
"… She goes off and... so it was an inside joke. She went on and said all these like really nice things about me and then I went up to the podium and I was like 'that was a bit much,'" J-Law revealed, adding, "Like I spent all that time backstage telling her to be really nice to me."
“It would have been like ‘so you agree? You really think you’re pretty?” she said, referring to Mean Girls.
However, J-Law, who is accustomed to getting a lot of hate seems to be taking everything in her stride. The 27-year-old acknowledges that she is rude anyway. Ronan also comments,“...that’s Hollywood, you gotta be like that.”
J-Law has always been self-aware about “incredibly rude” and a “huge a******e" when she meets her fans in public, even admitting to it back in November 2017 during her Actors on Actors interview with Adam Sandler. At the time she had said that it was the only way to defend herself in the public space. “That’s kind of like my only way of defending myself," she told Adam.
Her rudeness can be chronicled back to 2013, when the late comedian Joan Rivers slammed the Red Sparrow actress, by making up a New Year’s resolution on her behalf. She hoped that J-Law “grows up and realizes how lucky she is.”
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