Jennifer Lawrence Says She Had a "People-Pleasing" Problem Before Leaving the Spotlight

She's back in the public eye amid her pregnancy.

Jennifer Lawrence attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California
(Image credit: Getty/Kevork Djansezian)

Jennifer Lawrence hasn't been around much lately—she took a break from acting starting in 2018, and has been working on a few projects since 2020.

Now, as Lawrence prepares for the release of Don't Look Up, a Netflix movie directed by Adam McKay and co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio, she is returning to the spotlight via a Vanity Fair cover story—all while expecting her first child.

Speaking to the magazine, Lawrence explains how unfulfilling her work had become before she decided to take a step back. "I was not pumping out the quality that I should have," she said. "I just think everybody had gotten sick of me. I’d gotten sick of me.

"It had just gotten to a point where I couldn’t do anything right. If I walked a red carpet, it was, 'Why didn’t she run?'… I think that I was people-pleasing for the majority of my life. Working made me feel like nobody could be mad at me: 'Okay, I said yes, we’re doing it. Nobody’s mad.' And then I felt like I reached a point where people were not pleased just by my existence. So that kind of shook me out of thinking that work or your career can bring any kind of peace to your soul."

The actress has seen all the heartbreaking drawbacks of living life as a famous person. For example, she had to give her dog Pippi up to her parents to avoid paparazzi following her around on her walks with the animal. So, understandably, she's adamant about protecting her child—and pregnancy—from the craziness at all costs. "If I was at a dinner party, and somebody was like, 'Oh, my God, you’re expecting a baby,' I wouldn’t be like, 'God, I can’t talk about that. Get away from me, you psycho!' But every instinct in my body wants to protect their privacy [presumably her husband's and baby's] for the rest of their lives, as much as I can. I don’t want anyone to feel welcome into their existence. And I feel like that just starts with not including them in this part of my work." Seems fair enough.

Iris Goldsztajn
Morning Editor

Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of British Vogue, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29 and SELF. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.