Jennifer Lawrence addresses criticism following her assertion that she was the first female lead in an action movie

Jennifer Lawrence has addressed the criticism she received after making what appeared to be the implication in an interview that she was the first female action movie star.

Jennifer Lawrence is facing backlash from fans

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In a “Actors on Actors” interview with Viola Davis for Variety, the actress and Davis got to talking about Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games movies.

In the conversation, Lawrence exclaimed: “Nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie.”

“We were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead,” the 32-year-old continued.

“It just makes me so happy every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every one of those beliefs, and proves that it is just a lie to keep certain people out of the movies. To keep certain people in the same positions that they’ve always been in.”

The remarks quickly went viral on social media, even though Lawrence seemed to be trying to make the point that roles for men and women in Hollywood typically differ unfairly.

A “ton of other women were cast as female leads in action films,” including Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, and Uma Thurman, it was quickly noted.

Lawrence has since issued a statement, proving that she was aware of the outrage over her remarks.

To the Hollywood Reporter, she stated: “That’s certainly not what I meant to say at all. I know that I am not the only woman who has ever led an action film.

“What I meant to emphasize was how good it feels. And I meant that with Viola – to blow past these old myths that you hear about the chatter that you would hear around that kind of thing.

“But it was my blunder and it came out wrong. I had nerves talking to a living legend.”