Jennifer Lawrence Gets Real About The Struggles Of Being A Celebrity Mom And Why She Almost Quit Acting

Jennifer Lawrence with Andrew Barth

Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most successful and beloved actors in Hollywood, but she’s also a mom who faces the same challenges and fears as any other parent. The Oscar winner recently opened up about her son Cy, who turned one in February, and how he has changed her life and career.

In a candid interview with Cameron Diaz for Interview magazine, Lawrence revealed that she often thinks about quitting acting for good and living a more private life with her husband, Cooke Maroney, and their son. She said that she gets tired of the industry and the pressure that comes with it, but she always finds herself drawn back to her passion for making movies.

“I’m like, ‘I’m not going to be doing this forever. I’m tired. This is hard,’” she said. “Then you take a few months off, you read something terrific, and you’re like, ‘Oh my god, I have to make this.’”

Lawrence also admitted that she’s “contemplated” the challenges that her son may face as the child of a celebrity, and how he will cope with growing up in a different lifestyle than his friends. She said that she wants to protect his privacy and his happiness as much as possible.

“I don’t want anyone to feel welcome into his existence. And I feel like that just starts with not including him in this part of my work,” she said.

Lawrence has been very secretive about her son since his birth, only revealing his name and gender in a Vogue interview last year. She said that she had two miscarriages before conceiving him, and that she was terrified of becoming a mother.

“Every day of being a mom, I feel awful,” she told Viola Davis for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series in December 2022. “I feel guilty. I’m playing with him and I’m like, ‘Is this what he wants to be doing? Should we be outside?’ We’re outside. ‘What if he’s cold? What if he’s going to get sick? Should we be inside? Is this enough? Is this developing your brain enough?’”

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Despite her anxieties, Lawrence said that she loves being a mom and that her husband is “the greatest father in the world.” She also praised him for being supportive of her career and understanding of her need to work.

“He’s just so cool,” she gushed. “He’s so supportive of everything I do. He doesn’t care if I work or not. He just wants me to be happy.”

Lawrence is currently promoting her new R-rated comedy, No Hard Feelings, which marks her return to the big screen after a two-year hiatus. She said that she had a blast making the movie with her friends and co-stars Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, and Kumail Nanjiani.

“It was so fun,” she said. “We were just laughing all day long. It was like a vacation.”

Lawrence also teased that she has some exciting projects lined up for the future, including a biopic of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the fraudulent blood-testing company Theranos, and a Netflix movie with Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep.

“I’m really proud of the work I’ve done,” she said. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot as an actor and as a person.”

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