Jennifer Lawrence talks ‘unbelievably violating’ nude photo leak: ‘I’m still processing’

It’s been three years since Jennifer Lawrence was the victim of a nude photo leak, but she’s still dealing with what that incident meant to her.

“When the hacking thing happened it was so unbelievably violating that you can’t even put into words,” she said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast on Monday. “I think that I’m still actually processing.”

Describing the scenario like a “ransom,” Lawrence, 27, went on to say, “I feel like I got gang banged by the f**king planet. There’s not one person in the world that’s not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me. You could be at a barbeque and somebody could just pull it up on their phone and that was just a really impossible thing to process.”

Lawrence added that many women came to her following the hack, wanting her to join them in lawsuits surrounding the ordeal.

“None of that was going to bring me peace,” she said. “None of that was going to bring my nude body back to me and Nick [Hoult], the person they were intended for. It wasn’t going to bring any of that back. I wasn’t interested in suing everybody. I was interested in healing.”

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'mother!' New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'mother!' New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'mother!' New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of 'mother!' at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of 'mother!' at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'mother!' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Merritt/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'mother!' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Merritt/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Jennifer Lawrence on the carpet. ED NOTE: THE DISTORTIONS ARE CAUSED BY MULTIPLE FLASH CAPTURE, AND SOME CAMERA MOVEMENT). TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) red carpet outside Princess of Wales theatre for the screening of MOTHER, directed by Darren Aronofsky and cast including Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Ed Harris. Toronto Star/Rick Madonik (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'mother!' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 07: Jennifer Lawrence attends the French Premiere of 'mother!' at Cinema UGC Normandie on September 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the French Premiere of 'mother!' at Cinema UGC Normandie on September 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the French Premiere of 'mother!' at Cinema UGC Normandie on September 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the French Premiere of 'mother!' at Cinema UGC Normandie on September 7, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the UK Premiere of 'Mother!' at the Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the UK Premiere of 'mother!' at the Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England.(Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the UK film premiere of Mother! in London, England on September 06, 2017. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square on September 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence, hair detail, walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence attends the Gala Screening and World Premiere of 'mother!' during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Matteo Chinellato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walk the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence walks the red carpet ahead of the 'mother!' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
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The Hunger Games actress noted she’s still dealing with her emotional response to the incident. She recalled an exchange in which someone called her a “good role model for girls” about a year and  a half ago.

“I had to go into the bathroom and sob because I felt like an imposter, and I felt like I can’t believe somebody feels that way,” she said. “It’s so many different feelings to process when you’ve been violated like that.”

It was Lawrence’s life-changing fame that made her the target of hackers. But before she took on the role of Katniss Everdeen, she played Mystique in the X-Men movies. At the time, she hadn’t realized exactly what she’d signed on to do.

“I did X-Men because it was a job, and I will say in all honesty, I thought that I was only signing onto one movie,” she explained. “And I found out while being in eight hours of body paint that I had signed onto three movies. It ended up being great, I had a great experience. I met amazing people. I met my first real amazing relationship, Nick [Hoult], so I’m so happy that I did those movies, but I thought that I was only signing onto one.”

After several years of an on-again, off-again romance with Hoult, 27, Lawrence moved on to her Mother! director, Darren Aronofsky. 

“I had a crush on him when he pitched to me, and that was like a year before we started rehearsing, but he was a professional, which only made it worse for me,” she explained of the romance. “We just kind of formed a friendship. He knew how I felt. He never told me how he felt. I mean, I assumed. We just formed a friendship and then the friendship turned into a partnership for the movie, once we started working. And then once the movie was done, I was like, ‘Alright! You’re my boyfriend.’”

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence and filmmaker, Darren Aronofsky attend 'mother!' New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence (L) and writer/director Darren Aronofsky attend the New York premiere of 'mother!' at Radio City Music Hall on�September 13, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence and director Darren Aronofsky attend the 'mother!' New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky attend 'mother!' New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence (L) and writer/director Darren Aronofsky attend the New York premiere of 'mother!' at Radio City Music Hall on�September 13, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky attend 'mother!' New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky attend 'mother!' New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence (L) and writer/director Darren Aronofsky attend the New York premiere of 'mother!' at Radio City Music Hall on�September 13, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Jennifer Lawrence and director Darren Aronofsky attend the premiere of 'mother!' at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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Lawrence gushed about Aronofsky during the interview, saying, “He’s an amazing communicator, which, you know, comes in handy in the relationship. And he is incredibly imaginative… He has a way of communicating where it’s like, I completely, when he says something to you, you completely see it the way he sees it.”

She also touched on disgraced producer, Harvey Weinstein, reiterating that she had never experienced any inappropriate sexual situations with Weinstein.

“With Harvey Weinstein it was almost bizarre. I had heard that he was a dog. But he was almost always paternal to me,” she said. “He was never inappropriate with me. I thought that we had a nice relationship where when he acted like an a**hole, I called him an a**hole. I actually think the word I used was ‘a sadistic monster,’ but it was just never of that nature. So that was really shocking.”

Lawrence recently made headlines for her role as a substitute late night host on Jimmy Kimmel Live! For more from her epic interview with Kim Kardashian, watch the clip below!  

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