Jennifer Lawrence has always been good for a one-liner. She’s quick-witted and unfiltered. Those two things have always been a part of a Jennifer Lawrence press tour. So, when J.Law started promoting Red Sparrow, I knew we’d be in for a few headline-grabbing cracks. Let’s start with Jennifer inserting herself into the Taylor Swift/Bad Blood vortex. Who’s got a Claire Danes in Homeland style-board documenting who Taylor is feuding with when? I can barely keep track and I do this for a living.
In an interview with The New York Times, J.Law was asked, pegged to playing a spy in Red Sparrow, what classified secrets she would want to know in real-life. Her answer was this:
“I’d like to know what’s going on with Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift. That’s the honest-to-God truth… Is nobody else curious? It’s keeping me up at night.”
That reads like a joke. She couldn’t really care about this, right? She’s a celebrity. They hate gossip. Oh come on, we know they love gossip just as much as the rest of us. In my opinion, Jennifer Lawrence’s best quality is her unabashed love for celebrity gossip. She openly stans for the Kardashians. Here she is, voluntarily inserting herself into the narrative. If you watch the delivery of the above line, (full video here, the bit starts around the 1:10:07 mark) it doesn’t come across like a sarcastic joke she doesn’t really want to know the answer to. The obvious question then is, couldn’t Jennifer Lawrence just ask Taylor Swift what’s going on?
In 2015, MTV called Taylor and J.Law “one of Hollywood's hottest platonic power couples.” That same year, Jennifer was spotted leaving TSwift’s New York apartment. If they weren’t as good friends as the media made them out to be, they were at least friendly. They even used to text. Is Taylor dropping friends like she’s dropping sh-tty singles? This Jennifer Lawrence quip tells me that they don’t text anymore. It also has reignited the public pressure on Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift to either put up a post clarifying that they are, in fact, still friends. If they don’t, isn’t that pretty much confirmation that Karlie has officially joined Team Katy? If we get a staged photo op in the next week, we’ll have Jennifer Lawrence to thank.
J.Law was also at the BAFTAs yesterday and another one-liner is garnering a less warm reception. Jennifer presented the BAFTA for Best British Film. To introduce her, host Johanna Lumley called her “ravishing” and the “hottest actress on the planet.”
Jennifer responded with, “That was a bit much, but thank you Joanna.” And? The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Evening Standard and pretty much every other UK outlet is claiming that fans “slammed” Jennifer for “shading” Johanna Lumley. To me, this was just J.Law being J.Law. She made a quip to try to sound humble and get a few laughs. Why is this a story?
The Jennifer Lawrence BAFTAs story I care more about is that her ex Nicholas Hoult was also in attendance, looking like a snack. As far as we know, they are both currently single. They’ve broken up and gotten back before but they were also just on set of X-Men: The Dark Phoenix so if anything was going to rekindled, it probably would have happened then. In December, Gossip Cop had to clear up rumours that Jennifer wanted Nicholas back. (Lainey: Gossip Cop also tried to convince us that Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t dealing with Camila Morrone, ahem.)
So, maybe probably it’s not happening but if Jennifer is going to get back with any of her exes, I’d pick Nicholas Hoult over scarf-lover Darren Aronofsky and Beyoncé’s opening act Chris Martin every time.