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Jennifer Lawrence, who is vocal about her refusal to adhere to Hollywood standards of beauty, jokes that when it comes to how she pictures herself physically, she imagines herself to be "like a Victoria's Secret model."
The 24-year-old star of The Hunger Games movies and Dior spokesmodel talked about her physical perception of herself during a joint interview with co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth with the U.K. talk show Good Morning Britain to promote the newest movie in the series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1.
Host Richard Arnold commented on how Hutcherson appeared slimmer onscreen, saying. "Josh, well, how would we say it here in Britain, you've dropped a dress size."
Yeah, I did, a couple," he said, adding, "I did nothing to prepare physically for this role. I went on the CGI diet, computer-generated images. They just sucked my face down in post-production."
"And they won't do that for me, ever," Lawrence joked, adding, "They did?"
"They just didn't tell you," Hutcherson said, earning a playful shove.
"I have just such like an idea of myself where I'm just like a Victoria's Secret model, all the time and when I see the truth, I'm just like, 'What?' " Lawrence joked.
"You should see what I look like in my mind," she said, laughing. "I have Reverse Body Dysmorphia."
"Talk amongst yourselves, boys," the host joked.
"Yeah, I don't want them to listen," Lawrence said. "What am I even saying?"
About one percent of the U.S. population suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), a body image disorder, in which they are preoccupied with what they consider to be flaws in their appearance, which can lead to low self-esteem and avoidance of social situations, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Celebrities who have struggled with it include Robert Pattinson and Hayden Panettiere.
Lawrence has showcased a slim figure in real life and onscreen, including in the Hunger Games films and as the mutant Mystique in the X-Men films, in which she appears nearly naked. The actress has spoken publicly about body image several times and her comments have inspired scores of female fans and even beauty queens.
In 2011, Lawrence told FLARE magazine, "I'd rather look a little chubby on camera and look like a person in real life, than look great onscreen and look like a scarecrow in real life."
In 2012, she told ELLE magazine that she is considered a "fat actress," even "obese," in Hollywood but would never starve herself for a role. In fall 2013, she told InStyle that she ate "ungodly amounts" of food while filming The Hunger Games, adding, "I used to tell myself, 'Stop eating, people are going to see this. This movie is going to be around forever.' But nope! I was like, I still want candy and I still want a hot dog!" She also said "nothing" could motivate her to work out.
Also around that time, Lawrence famously told Barbara Walters in an interview for her annual ABC special The 10 Most Fascinating People, "I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV."
During her interview on Good Morning Britain, the actress did reveal that she did struggle with another issue as a child…which had its advantages.
"I had way too much anxiety to be a bad kid," she said. "I never did anything wrong. I never did anything, I didn't sneak out, I didn't drink."