Jennifer Lawrence didn't read those terrible 'mother!' reviews
Jennifer Lawrence knew better than to read the dismal reviews for “mother!” — but Darren Aronofsky, the film’s director and Lawrence’s ex-boyfriend, needed some convincing.
Lawrence explained to Adam Sandler as part of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series that she typically tries to avoid reading reviews of any of her movies — except for the good ones — but that things were different with “mother!,” considering she was romancing the director.
“Dating the director was different, because we’d be on the (press) tour together, I’d come back to the hotel and the last thing I want to think about or talk about is the movie,” she said. “He comes back from the tour and it’s all he wants to talk about. And I get it, it’s his baby, he wrote it, he conceived it, he directed it.”
“I was doing double duty of trying to be a supportive partner while also being like, please, for the love of God, can we not think about ‘mother!’ for one second. And then he would start reading me reviews and finally I was just like, ‘It’s not healthy!’ Neither of us are doing it! You’re not going to do it, because if I read it, I start getting defensive, especially ’cause like, it’s my man.”
Jennifer Lawrence had to ask Darren Aronofsky to stop talking about the reviews of their movie “mother!”
Lawrence and Aronofsky split in October after a year together.
Their break-up came just one month after “mother!” tanked at the box office, and scored a cringe-worthy F on CinemaScore.
While she explained to Sandler that she doesn’t think she needs to defend her work in the film, she did admit that it “sucks” to have her source of pride so widely criticized.
“You’re so in the zone, you put your whole soul and your body in it, you move to shoot a movie and you love it, and people just destroy it. It sucks,” she said.
Sandler, too, admitted that he tried to avoid reading reviews of his own films, a practice he started after “Billy Madison” was panned by critics in 1995.