The couple met on the set of her new film Mother!
Jennifer Lawrence has opened up about her relationship with director Darren Aronofsky for the first time, revealing how they fell for each other on set.
The Oscar-winning actress (26) has been dating the award-winning filmmaker (48) for nearly one year after meeting on the set of horror film Mother! and she describes their connection as instant, telling Vogue: “We had energy. I had energy for him. I don’t know how he felt about me.”
Lawrence, who previously dated X-Men co-star Nicholas Hoult and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, said she feels secure in her relationship with Aronofsky, who has a son with actress Rachel Weisz.
“I’ve been in relationships before where I am just confused. And I’m never confused with him,” she added, calling him a “brilliant father”.
“I normally don’t like Harvard people, because they can’t go two minutes without mentioning that they went to Harvard. He’s not like that.”
Lawrence covers the style bible’s 125th commemoration issue and said watching the psychological thriller they filmed together brought their relationship full circle.
“When I saw the movie, I was reminded all over again how brilliant he is. For the past year, I’ve been dealing with him as just a human,” she explained.
The film proved to be more of an intense experience than she was prepared for, saying she had to “go to a darker place” physically and mentally in order to reach Aronofsky’s vision, at one stage even dislocating a rib.
“I had to go to a darker place than I’ve ever been in my life. Ididn’t know if I’d be able to come out okay,” she explained.
“I ended up getting on oxygen. I have oxygen tubes in my nostrils, and Darren’s like, ‘It was out of focus; we’ve got to do it again.’ And I was just like, ‘Go f*** yourself.'”
In the candid interview, her first in several months after making a conscious effort to pull back, she explained why she has been so vocal in fighting for the gender pay gap, using her profile to open a dialogue about equality in Hollywood and beyond.
“My thing with talking about pay equality is not – I use myself as an example, but that’s not what I’m talking about, obviously,” she says.
“I’m not talking about actresses getting paid millions less than their male co-stars. My opinion is: You can have millions of dollars and a dream career, but if you’re not willing to stand up for what you believe, or if you see wrongdoing and don’t talk about it, then you have nothing.
“It’s the opposite of ‘Shut up and act!’ If you have a voice, use it. I don’t want to go into the grave just being like, ‘Well, I introduced the world to the Hunger Games movies and I bought a house on Coldwater! Goodnight!’
“For me, it’s worth the criticism. The more criticism I get, the more the conversation is happening.”
Watch the trailer for Mother! here: