Hollywood diva Jennifer Lawrence turned many a head at the European premiere of her latest film “Red Sparrow,” in London, England, on Monday, as she hit the red carpet in a glittering golden gown with a plunging neckline and a bareback that left nothing to the imagination.
Not only was her choice of dress a far cry from the elegant, but subdued, high-cut Bardot black number she donned a day earlier at the BAFTA awards, but her flowing bouncy curls was also in stark contrast to the poker-straight hairstyle she sported the previous day.
The 27-year-old actress displayed no signs that the flood of criticism from fans, who accused her of rudeness towards respected host Joanna Lumley at the BAFTAs the previous day, had had any negative effect on her.
On the contrary, the award-winning actress was the personification of aplomb, style and grace on the Vue Cinema West End red carpet as she clarified the BAFTA incident that got many a tongue wagging.
“Oh my God, please! I just emailed with Joanna. I emailed her and I was like I am so, so sorry; I was just kidding and she was like, ‘I have no idea what you’re talking about,’ Lawrence explained when asked about the “BAFTA thing.”
“We were joking backstage [and] I was like ‘when you present, when you say, just go on and on and on – can’t be long enough’ and then she went out and said something really nice about me. It was an inside joke that fell flat. I really just have to stop joking. Every time I joke it goes awry but Joanna and I are fine. I love Joanna,” she said, further clarifying the situation for all those who didn’t really know what had transpired backstage between her and the BAFTA host.
Here’s what actually happened onstage the previous day that got Twitter abuzz.
When Lumley introduced the Red Sparrow star at the Royal Albert Hall during the BAFTAs on Sunday, describing her as “ravishing” and “the hottest actress on the planet,” Lawrence responded with, “Hi, that was a bit much but thank you, Joanna,” which came across as discourteous to many.
The Hollywood stunner reiterated her stand on the “that was a bit much” comment in an interview with Ronan Keating today.
“Backstage Joanna and I were about to go out and she was going to present me. So I’m like, just adjective after adjective, ‘tall, beautiful, just say that I’m this and that,’ and she was like, ‘alright darling,’ so it was an inside joke and she went on and said all these nice things to me, so when I got onto to the podium I said, ‘that was a bit much’ like after I’d just spent backstage telling her to be nice to me.”
The actress explained that if she were to respond differently to all the praise Joanna lavished on her, she would have come across as snooty and conceited.
Coming back to the Francis Lawrence-directed film, the “Red Sparrow” tells the story of Dominika Egorova, a Russian intelligence officer who is trained to use her physical assets as a means to her espionage ends.
The Russian spy and her handlers, however, did not know that her very first mission of engaging CIA agent Nathaniel “Nate” Nash (Joel Edgerton) would end up in a romantic relationship between the two spies, strong enough to make her consider becoming a double-agent.
According to ET Online, appearing stark naked on screen is “no longer something that fazes Lawrence” – it’s the nightmare sequence in the movie in which she appears naked before a classroom that’s being referred to.
ET claims to have been told by the star that “she was strangely comfortable with stripping off for the cameras while filming Red Sparrow.”
“Everybody made me feel so comfortable that I probably at a certain point started making everybody else uncomfortable,” she reportedly said on Thursday. “Because I’d be like, ‘I don’t want the robe. I’m hot. I’m eating.’ Everybody’s like, ‘She needs to cover up.’
According to director Francis Lawrence, the trust factor between him and the actress was one of the main reasons, if not the only, to have made her as comfortable doing the nude scenes as it did.
“I trust her. I think she definitely trusts me,” the “Hunger Games” director told ET at the film’s premiere. “I’d like to think that it would be harder for her to say yes to a movie like this with somebody else, with somebody who’s a stranger. It certainly made it easier to communicate about some of the content within the movie because we knew each other so well, but that was definitely a positive thing.”
“Red Sparrow” will hit theatres in the U.K. and the U.S. on March 1st and 2nd, respectively.
Cast and Characters
- Jennifer Lawrence as Dominika Egorova
- Joel Edgerton as Nathaniel “Nate” Nash
- Matthias Schoenaerts as Ivan Dimitrevich Egorova
- Charlotte Rampling as Matron
- Mary-Louise Parker as Senator Stephanie Boucher
- Jeremy Irons as General Vladimir Andreievich Korchnoi
- Joely Richardson as Nina Egorova
- Ciaran Hinds as Colonel Alexei Ivanovich Zyuganov
- Bill Camp as Marty Gable
- Sakina Jaffrey as Trish Forsyth
- Thekla Reuten as Marta Yelenova
- Douglas Hodge as Maxim Volontov
- Sasha Frolova as Anya
- Kristof Konrad as Dimitri Ustinov
Director: Francis Lawrence
Based on: “Red Sparrow” by Jason Mathews
Screenplay: Justin Haythe