Much has been written about actress Jennifer Lawrence and her seemingly relatable personal demeanor. The genesis of several enduring memes, Lawrence’s status as a four-time Academy Award nominee (including her win for Best Actress in 2013 for “Silver Linings Playbook”) has ensured the public a steady stream of quips and revelations from the 31-year-old Hollywood star.
Most recently, Lawrence shared details about her decision to smoke cannabis before filming a scene with co-star Meryl Streep in the forthcoming apocalypse comedy “Don’t Look Up.” Appearing at a post-screening Q&A held in Los Angeles last Thursday, Lawrence — who co-stars in the movie alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and a slew of other high-profile names — revealed that she asked director Adam McKay (“Anchorman,” “The Big Short”) if it would be okay for her to get stoned before shooting a certain scene.
The film’s plot follows Lawrence and DiCaprio as a pair of astronomers who “desperately try to warn apathetic, celebrity-obsessed Americans about impending doom” after discovering that such a bleak fate will arrive imminently courtesy of an incoming comet. As Yahoo! Entertainment reports, Lawrence told the audience during her Q&A that she decided she wanted to be high for a scene that finds her character turning to cannabis to calm her nerves after failing to impart the severity of the situation to those in power.
The scene, which reportedly involved no dialogue for Lawrence’s character, did have McKay struggling to resist the temptation to mess with his film’s temporarily-altered star.
“I kept turning to my script supervisor, Cate Hardman, and was like, ‘I just want to say, “Hey Jen. I think I have a monologue idea for you,”‘” McKay shared. “And I would look at Jen and was like, ‘I can’t do it. It would be too mean.’ So, I left [her] alone.”
Not everyone in the cast felt the same, however. According to Lawrence, co-star Jonah Hill was perhaps unsurprisingly one of the folks on-set who simply couldn’t resist the urge to tease his stoned castmate a bit with rumors that castmate Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) was upset with her.
“Everyone was f—king with me… I guess because I was high,” she said. “Easy to f— with.”
While Lawrence may have made an ideal target for some lighthearted tomfoolery, she is not exactly a stranger to the experience of consuming cannabis.
In fact, throughout her still young career, the acclaimed actress has actually discussed her fondness for smoking pot on several memorable occasions dating as far back as 2015. At that point, California’s Prop 64 had yet to even be voted into law, making public admission of use and support for cannabis by a beloved celebrity living and working in the state all the more significant.
It was during an appearance on an episode of “Watch What Happens Live” in 2015 when Lawrence shared that she and her brother had once smoked weed before attending the Oscars. To date, she has yet to clarify the year in which she and her sibling indulged in this unique pre-show ritual, so you’ll just have to rewatch the telecasts and make your own determinations.
Then, in 2018, Lawrence appeared on the Howard Stern Show, where she relayed a story about the time she got high at a birthday party for Ellen DeGeneres and proceeded to get into it with a woman standing in line for the Port-a-Potties.
“All of a sudden security is grabbing me because what I hadn’t realized is I am grabbing this woman by the shoulders, shaking her, screaming, ‘You have to poop! You have to poop,’” Lawrence told Stern. “And the security guard is laughing so hard because he heard the whole exchange, and he’s like, ‘You can’t grab her, but I agree, she has to poop!”
It doesn’t sound like it was ultimately that big of a deal but it is a timely reminder that getting too high in public can lead to regrettable behavior! More importantly, Lawrence’s tales of past pot tribulations paint a picture of an actress who has consistently (and often humorously) been brave and humble enough to share her own experiences as a regular cannabis consumer.
Luckily, the upcoming “Don’t Look Up” —which hits theaters on Dec. 9 and begins streaming exclusively on Netflix on Dec. 24 — should give viewers at least a momentary glimpse into what it’s like to get high with Jennifer Lawrence. We’re guessing it’s pretty great but perhaps Meryl Streep will have her own observations to share as the press junket for the film continues.