The online version of Vogue magazine’s cover story on Jennifer Lawrence features a dramatic photo of the Louisville native riding a beautiful horse, but some of her comments caught her home state off guard.
According to writer Jonathan Van Meter, his interview with Lawrence took place the day after Rowan County clerk Kim Davis had been released from jail, where she was being held for contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses. Davis stopped issuing licenses in June after a Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same sex marriage nationwide saying gay marriage conflicted with her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian.
Davis’ stand has made her a polarizing figure, and Lawrence definitely has an opinion about her.
“Don’t even say her name in this house,” Lawrence reportedly said, also calling Davis the “lady who makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky.”
Van Meter recounted Lawrence going into a rant saying, “all those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight. I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.”
If we want to be charitable to JLaw, who has for the most part been a great ambassador for the Bluegrass State, maybe she meant to say she is embarrassed that Davis is from Kentucky. She was making dirty martinis at that point in the interview.
It’s far from the first time that Lawrence has made eyebrow-raising comments, even about her Kentucky upbringing, joking to Rolling Stone in 2011, “little redneck things still come out. I’m attracted to my brother. Stuff like that.” She has consistently been one of Hollywood’s most unpredictable interview subjects.
The latest round of publicity comes a week ahead of Lawrence’s last turn as heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. She has co-starred in the series with fellow Kentuckian Josh Hutcherson, who hails from Union. Next month, audiences will see Lawrence’s third film with director David O. Russell, who guided her to her Oscar-winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
In the Vogue article, Lawrence talks at length about feeling freed now that the Hunger Games series has concluded and looks ahead to some of her upcoming projects. She says she wants to get back to her roots — a 25-year-old talking about getting back to her roots — in independent film, although she also has signed on to Stephen Spielberg’s next film, playing war photographer Lynsey Addario.