BEVERLY HILLS – Jennifer Lawrence will absolutely crush you in an Instagram animal-off.
“I already have you beat because I have a (expletive) deer licking a kitten and I have a (expletive) wallaby eating some chips,” says Lawrence, 27, grabbing her phone at a corner table at the Beverly Hills Hotel after a mention is made of being attached to a certain baby hippo named Fiona.
There are zero cuddly moments in Red Sparrow, Lawrence’s new psychological thriller (in theaters Friday), in which she plays Dominka Egorova, a Bolshoi ballerina-turned-spy who is trained to seduce and ensnare her targets. The film is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Jason Matthews, a former CIA agent who wrote of a real Russian program called Sparrow School.
The film marks a major shift for Lawrence, who has spent years taking on emotionally dense, mature roles — think American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, the latter of which won her an Oscar — while steadfastly avoiding jobs that rely on sexuality and nudity. The closest she had come, she says, is during a moment from her last movie, mother!, in which her sweater is ripped by rabid fans who descend on her home with Javier Bardem, representing the destruction of Mother Earth.
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