Jennifer Lawrence defends herself, says she wasn't 'being rude' at BAFTA Awards

Jennifer Lawrence knows more than anyone that sometimes a joke can be taken the wrong way when in the public eye. As was the case during the BAFTA Film Awards Sunday (Feb. 18), after host Joanna Lumley introduced the Hunger Games star as “the hottest actress on the planet.”

Lawrence was quick to dismiss the comment, saying, “That was a bit much, but thank you Joanna.” The reply was criticized by viewers, who assumed Lawrence was being rude and unappreciative. The actress slammed the accusations the next day.

“Backstage, Joanna and I are both about to go out, and she was going to present me. And I was like, ‘Just adjective after adjective. Tall! Beautiful!’” Lawrence described the inside joke that happened behind the scenes, while appearing on the Magic Radio Breakfast show.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Red Sparrow' photocall at The Corinthia Hotel on February 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Red Sparrow' photocall at Corinthia London on February 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Jennifer Lawrence during the 'Red Sparrow' photocall at The Corinthia Hotel on February 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence attending a Red Sparrow photocall at the Corinthia Hotel, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Red Sparrow' photocall at The Corinthia Hotel on February 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Jennifer Lawrence during the 'Red Sparrow' photocall at The Corinthia Hotel on February 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Jennifer Lawrenceattends the 'Red Sparrow' photocall at Corinthia London on February 20, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lawrence attending a Red Sparrow photocall at the Corinthia Hotel, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 19: US actress Jennifer Lawrence poses on the red carpet on arrival to attend the European premiere of the film Red Sparrow on February 19, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jamy / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
US actress Jennifer Lawrence poses on the red carpet on arrival to attend the European premiere of the film Red Sparrow, in London on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 19: US actress Jennifer Lawrence poses on the red carpet on arrival to attend the European premiere of the film Red Sparrow on February 19, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jamy / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Jennifer Lawrence attends the European Premiere of 'Red Sparrow' at the Vue West End on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Jennifer Lawrence attneds the European Premeire of 'Red Sparrow' at Vue West End on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Jennifer Lawrence attends the European Premiere of 'Red Sparrow' at Vue West End on February 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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"Everybody thought that I was being rude," she continued. "But to be fair, I couldn't have just walked out after she was like, 'biggest movie star in the world!' If I'd just walked out and gone 'thank you Joanna.' It would have been like, 'so you agree? You think you're really pretty!'"

“I wasn’t being rude, it was an inside joke. I mean I’m always rude,” she teased sarcastically. While Lawrence wasn’t nominated at the awards ceremony, she presented the award for outstanding British film to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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Allison Janney attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Angelina Jolie attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Jennifer Lawrence attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Lupita Nyong'o attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she attends the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHRIS JACKSON (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA-Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Margot Robbie attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Octavia Spencer attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Saoirse Ronan attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Greta Gerwig attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Letitia Wright attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Naomie Harris attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Emma Roberts attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Helena Bonham Carter attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Annette Bening attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Gary Oldman attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Kate Mara attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Orlando Bloom attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Isabelle Huppert attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Andy Serkis (L) and Lorraine Ashbourne attend the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Timothee Chalamet attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Sian Welby attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Victoria Bonya attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Amanda Berry, BAFTA CEO, attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Jackie Sinclair attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Anya Taylor-Joy attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
AJ Odudu attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 18, 2018. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Isabell Kristensen attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Leslie Bibb (L) and Sam Rockwell attend the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Haley Bennett attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 18, 2018. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Cressida Bonas attends The British Academy Film Awards 2018 at The Royal Albert Hall wearing Atelier Swarovski, the official jewellery partner, on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Lily James attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Toby Jones attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Ruth Wilson attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Andrea Riseborough attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Gemma Arterton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Sam Claflin attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Sophie Cookson attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Sophie Cookson attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson poses on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Taron Egerton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
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