Actress Jennifer Lawrence is being hailed as a sex symbol for her athletic good looks but refuses to bend to the Hollywood pressure to be a size zero.
“I’d rather look a little chubby on camera and look like a person in real life, than look great on-screen and look like a scarecrow in real life,” Lawrence told UK’s Flare magazine. “I like food.”
‘I Was Hungry for 5 Months’
If the lean, 5′ 7″ blonde beauty sounds less than enthused about dieting, it’s because she has experience starving herself and working out for her role as Mystique in this summer’s X-Men: First Class.
For the role of the sexy comic-book villain, Jennifer, 20, followed a low-calorie diet and worked out for two hours a day for months.
“It was awful, I was hungry for five months,” Lawrence recalls. “I’m still p*ssed about it. I’m slowly working my way back because I have to be able to eat like an *sshole.”
Jennifer also endured 8 hours a day of having body paint strategically placed on her nude body.
“Nothing’s sacred anymore,” Lawrence says. “Those girls and I got so close. They were painting me naked every day for months. It was kind of like going to a really bizarre sleepover.
“It’s what you guys imagine we do: one naked girl and seven pairs of hands all over her.”
‘Sick of Actresses Who Look Like Birds’
Lawrence, who was recently cast as Katniss Everdeen in the futuristic sci-fi adventure flick The Hunger Games, is disgusted with how skinny actresses have become these days.
“I don’t really diet or anything,’ she says. “I’m miserable when I’m dieting and I like the way I look. I’m really sick of all these actresses looking like birds.”
Jennifer, who recently was nominated for an Academy Award for her acting in Winter’s Bone, takes the media hype over her good looks in stride.
“It feels weird [being considered a sex symbol],” she says. “But not bad at all.”
X-Men: First Class, which co-stars James McAvoy and January Jones, hits theaters June 3, 2011.