After swearing off partisan issues, Jennifer Lawrence quickly pivots discussion to guns

Like many actors living in their Hollywood bubbles, Jennifer Lawrence seems confused.

The “Hunger Games” actress declared she tries to stay out of polarizing political debate, but at the premiere of her new film “Red Sparrow,” she jumped into the ring on the issue of gun violence.

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“I think that, you know, we’re the entertainment industry. At some point, there has to be a separation between politics and the entertainment industry or we’re going to suffer,” she told the Associated Press Wednesday at the New York premiere of her new spy thriller.

“This is, it’s an art. And it’s an art to entertain and, as an industry, we will suffer and people need to take that responsibility on themselves,” she added.

The 27-year-old actress has appeared in many films where her character uses firearms, including “Winter’s Bone” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

“The same kind of violence is in different parts of the country that don’t have as many problems as we do,” she said, before pronouncing, “I think the problems is guns not the entertainment industry.”

The actress also sang the praises of students who were demonstrating for gun control following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead.

“I think what they’re doing is amazing,” Lawrence said. “I think that it’s really about time as citizens we don’t feel safe and if these kids don’t feel safe then they need to do something about it,” she said. “And I admire what they’re doing and I think they’re really brave.”

But, in the March issue of Vanity Fair, the A-lister admitted she does not like getting political.

“I’ve always thought that it was a good idea to stay out of politics,” Lawrence told the publication. “My family obviously hates every time I talk about politics because it’s hard to see your kid get criticized and they live in Kentucky, where nobody is really liking what I’m saying.”

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Yet, on the flip side, Lawrence recently announced that she would be taking a break from acting in order to focus her energy on… politics.

The non-political political actress announced last month that she was taking a year-long break from her day job in order to “fix the democracy.”

“I’m going to be working with this organization as a part of Represent.Us … trying to get young people engaged politically on a local level,” she explained, while at the same clarifying the organization has nothing to do with politics directly.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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