Jennifer Lawrence has “unleashed” in a raw and candid new interview about female autonomy in the US, as well as her own experience with miscarriage.
She explained that when she discovered she was pregnant in her early 20s, she planned to get an abortion, but she had a miscarriage before the procedure.
“I had a miscarriage alone in Montreal,” she told Vogue in the cover interview.
Lawrence added that during her second miscarriage, she was required to get a D&C, a surgical procedure where tissue is removed from the uterus.
When the Oscar winner became pregnant again with husband Cooke Maroney, Lawrence couldn’t stop thinking about the way pregnancy affected her body, which subsequently prompted a whole new perspective on the restrictions women now face over their reproductive rights in the US following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
“I remember a million times thinking about it while I was pregnant,” she explained in the profile. “Thinking about the things that were happening to my body. And I had a great pregnancy. I had a very fortunate pregnancy. But every single second of my life was different. And it would occur to me sometimes: What if I was forced to do this?”
Lawrence continued to discuss the abhorrent restrictions over women’s reproductive rights in the US right now, as well as the lack of action on gun laws, particularly since Trump was elected in 2016. Born in Kentucky, Lawrence has navigated the divide this caused in America first hand given she herself has conservative relatives.
“I just worked so hard in the last five years to forgive my dad and my family and try to understand: It’s different. The information they are getting is different. Their life is different,” she explained. “I’ve tried to get over it and I really can’t. I can’t. I’m sorry I’m just unleashing, but I can’t fuck with people who aren’t political anymore. You live in the United States of America. You have to be political. It’s too dire. Politics are killing people.”
“I don’t want to disparage my family, but I know that a lot of people are in a similar position with their families. How could you raise a daughter from birth and believe that she doesn’t deserve equality? How?“
The actor also opened up about life as a new mother—a topic she rarely discusses—while also revealing the name she and Maroney picked out for their son: Cy, named after the post-war American painter Cy Twombly, who is Maroney’s favourite artist.
“My heart has stretched to a capacity that I didn’t know about,” Lawrence said of motherhood.
“I include my husband in that. And then they’re both just, like, out there—walking around, crossing streets. He’s gonna drive one day. He’s gonna be a stupid teenager and be behind the wheel of a car. And I’m just gonna be like, Good night! You know? Like, who sleeps?”
“I mean the euphoria of Cy is just—Jesus, it’s impossible. I always tell him, I love you so much it’s impossible.”