39 Of The Best Jennifer Lawrence Quotes Of All Time

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  • 'If I don't have anything to do all day, I might not even put my pants on.'

    Jennifer Lawrence is one of our favourite people in the world. Not only is she an incredible actress, a style icon and a great role model for young girls, she also happens to be absolutely hilarious and we’ve round up the best Jennifer Lawrence quotes to prove so.

    Whether she’s talking about chips on the Oscars red carpet, making fun of herself while accepting awards or talking about the reality of acting that so many other stars avoid, she is one of the most quotable celebrities ever, in our books. Enjoy some of her most memorable pearls of wisdom – we can’t pick a favourite…

    ‘I don’t really diet or anything. I’m miserable when I’m dieting and I like the way I look. I’m really sick of all these actresses looking like birds… I’d rather look a little chubby on camera and look like a person in real life, than look great on screen and look like a scarecrow in real life.’

    ‘As hard as it is and as tired as I am, I force myself to get dinner at least once a week with my girlfriends, or have a sleepover. Otherwise my life is just work.’

    ‘Helena Bonham Carter and Jeff Bridges waved at me. And, of course, it would be absurd if they were waving at me, so I just stared at them. I stared at both of them. And they were like, ‘Alright, fine.”‘

    ‘I’m a horrible dancer! I’m like a dad at prom. I look like Gumby getting electrocuted.’

    ‘I never play characters that are like me because I’m a boring person. I wouldn’t want to see me in a movie.’

    ‘You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that’s really embarrassing, but thank you.’ [After her infamous Oscars fall.]

    ‘I’m excited to be seen as sexy. But not slutty.’

    ‘I really do love the [Hunger Games] movies after I watch them. Because the whole time I’m watching them, all I’m thinking about is what a troll and how untalented and awful I am. If I wasn’t in them, I would love these movies. I’m the worst part of the whole franchise.’

    ‘You can say, “This [invasion of privacy] is part of my job, and this is going to be a reality of my life,” but what you don’t expect is how your body and how your emotions are going to react to it. Nobody wants to help us because it seems like, you know, “Shut up, millionaires!”‘

    ‘I’d like to direct at some point. But I don’t know because 10 years ago I would have never imagined that I’d be here. So in 10 years from now, I might be running a rodeo.’

    ‘I look at Kristen Stewart now and I think, “I’d never want to be that famous.” I can’t imagine how I’d feel if all of a sudden my life was pandemonium.’

    ‘It’s almost like I subconsciously don’t want to work anymore, so I’m trying to ruin my career. [I lied and told someone] I’m pregnant!…I did this to the New York Times. My publicist called me and was like, “This is the New York Times. Be serious.” And then I found myself talking about orgies in three seconds.’

    ‘I hate saying, “I like exercising.” I want to punch people who say that in the face. But it’s nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It’s like “Here’s your trainer. This is what you can eat.” I don’t diet. I do exercise! But I don’t diet. You can’t work when you’re hungry, you know?’

    ‘Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid. Everybody’s like “How can you remain with a level head?”. And I’m like “Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.”‘

    ‘”Don’t worry about the bitches” – that could be a good motto, because you come across people like that throughout your life.’

    ‘Poor Jesse Eisenberg was talking about all of his OCDs, and then I was like, “Dude, your OCDs are awesome!” And he’s like, “I’ve actually been suffering from it my whole life,” and I’m like, “I don’t care! Ha ha ha!” I was nuts.’

    ‘Whenever I really want a part, I’m not sure what to do. How do I let the director know how obsessed I am and willing to do anything for the movie? Like, I wanted to write this one director a letter, so I wrote him a handwritten note. But then I was like, “How many people are writing this guy handwritten letters? Is it going to seem cheesy? What do I do? Do I sleep outside of his house until he agrees to give me the part?”… It makes you feel super crazy. It’s like, “Please give me this part! I’ll boil a rabbit!”‘

    ‘In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress. I eat like a caveman. I’ll be the only actress that doesn’t have anorexia rumors! I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I’m invincible. I don’t want little girls to be like “Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner!”‘

    ‘I like the financial security because I know how hard it is for so many people who struggle to earn a living. I’m grateful I don’t have to worry about money and I can live very freely and do something I love and get paid very well to do it. I tell my friends to slap me if they ever think I’m getting full of myself.’

    ‘As soon as somebody farts around me, I think it’s hilarious. This is something my brothers did that now the boys at work are obsessed with. You cup it, and then you throw it in someone’s face and say, “Take a bite out of that cheeseburger!”‘

    ‘It’s the lie heard around the world. I know the truth. I know Beyoncé is the queen of the world.’ [After being named “Sexiest Woman in the World” by FHM magazine.]

    ‘Whenever Josh [Hutcherson] is like “I don’t think you should do it like that.” And then I’m like “Oh, really? Do you wanna tell that to my Oscar?”‘

    ‘I always feel like an idiot every time I fly first class because I’m a kid. And I just sit there, and everyone’s got their newspapers and they’re on the computer, and I’m like, “Can I get a colouring book, please? Can I get some crayons?”‘

    ‘I really would not call myself a fashion icon. I would call myself somebody who gets dressed by professionals. [It’s like], “Dance, monkey, dance” right on the red carpet. I would call me more of a monkey.’

    ‘I think that people are built the way that they’re built. There’s that Kate Moss quote that’s like “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” and I can name a lot of things that taste better than skinny feels: bread, potatoes… a Philly cheesesteak and fries.’

    ‘I was a big liar when I was child. I was just like a pathological liar when I was a kid. I think I just wanted to one-up somebody. Somebody would be like, “Oh, God, my legs hurt.” I’d be like, “Your legs hurt? I’m getting mine amputated next week.” And that’s actually how my mother found out. She came to school and somebody was like, “God, that’s such a shame about Jennifer’s legs.” She made me purge. I had to spill out all of my lies. I was like, “I said that Dad drove a barge, and we were millionaires, and you were pregnant, I had to get my legs amputated, and I spayed cats and dogs on the weekends.” Now I can’t lie. Now I get anxiety over it. It’s a good thing.’

    ‘I’m the fastest pee-er ever. I’m famous for it.’

    ‘If anybody even tries to whisper the word diet, I’m like, “You can go fuck yourself.”’

    ‘I wish this was like Mean Girls and I could just break this up and throw it at all of you!’ [While accepting her People’s Choice Award.]

    ‘It doesn’t matter how much money I make, unfairness in prices really fires me up. Like shopping in L.A and a T-shirt costs $150.’

    ‘Once I’m obsessed with somebody, I’m terrified of them instantly. I’m not scared of them — I’m scared of me and how I will react. Like, for instance, one time someone was introducing me to Bill Maher, and I saw Meryl Streep walk into the room, and I literally put my hand right in Bill Maher’s face and said, “Not now, Bill!” and I just stared at Meryl Streep.’

    ‘If I don’t have anything to do all day, I might not even put my pants on.’

    ‘I have an amazing group of friends who are not in the business, who I trust… Because I don’t feel any different… So I surround myself with people who don’t fake laugh at my jokes.’

    ‘I have just such an idea of myself where I’m like a Victoria’s Secret model all the time, and when I see the truth, I’m just like, “What?”‘

    [On filming sex scenes with Chris Pratt] ‘I had my first real sex scene a couple weeks ago, and it was really bizarre. It was really weird. It was going to be my first time kissing a married man, and guilt is the worst feeling in your stomach. And I knew it was my job, but I couldn’t tell my stomach that. So I called my mom, and I was like, “Will you just tell me it’s OK?” I got really, really drunk. But then that led to more anxiety when I got home because I was like, ‘What have I done? I don’t know.’ You don’t know what’s too much. You want to do it real, you want everything to be real, but then… That was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been.’

    ‘I don’t like going out that much. I’m kind of an old lady. After it’s 11, I’m like, “Don’t these kids ever get tired?” When I’m out, I think about my couch. Like, “it would be awesome to be on it right now. I bet there’s an episode of Dance Moms on”… At the end of the day, there’s probably nothing that makes me feel better than junk food and reality TV.’

    ‘A few weeks ago at work, I spoke my mind and gave my opinion in a clear and no-[BS] way; no aggression, just blunt. The man I was working with (actually, he was working for me) said, “Whoa! We’re all on the same team here!” As if I was yelling at him. I was so shocked because nothing that I said was personal, offensive, or, to be honest, wrong. All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive.’

    ‘My question to myself was “why am I not asking for it?” I know that I’ve always kind of carried a habit of… submissiveness with the idea of that makes me more likable. I felt like I had to say something, because we need to talk about it. On average, women are paid 21 percent less than men. We can ask for the same exact thing that men do. And we do face the reality that we do get judged more. It’s just something that is intrinsic, and I would love to see change.’ [About the gender pay gap.]

    ‘Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world. I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you. It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.’ [About the nude picture leak in 2014.]

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