Before "Hunger Games" and her Oscar-nominated role in "Winter's Bone," Jennifer Lawrence was just an actress trying to make it in an industry that prioritizes looks and thinness over talent.
The Oscar winner shared at the Elle Women in Hollywood event that just because she wasn't personally abused by Harvey Weinstein, doesn't mean she didn't experience sexual harassment in Hollywood.
"When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by the producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks," she revealed. "One girl before me had already been fired for not losing enough weight fast enough."
She also recalled a time when a female producer asked her to strip down before she even HAD a role.
"During this time, a female producer had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me," she said. "And we all stood side by side with only paste-ons covering our privates."
Naturally, the (male) director wasn't much help at all.
""He asked me to star in a porno as the character, among many other things that are too inappropriate to repeat here in this dress," she stated.
Lawrence then tried to complain about the weight requirements — hello, losing 15 pounds in two weeks isn't realistic or even remotely healthy — and the director's response was, as you may have guessed, horrifying.
“He said he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was ‘perfectly fuckable.’”
Lawrence didn't want to become a whistleblower — she just wanted a career.
"I was trapped, and I can see that now. I didn’t want to be a whistleblower, I didn’t want these embarrassing stories talked about in a magazine, I just wanted a career," she revealed.
"In a dream world, everyone is treated with the same amount of respect. But until we reach that goal, I will lend my ear, I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man or woman who does not feel like they can protect themselves."
Lawrence's ordeal proves that abuse goes far beyond Weinstein, and can come in many forms.
While Weinstein might be synonymous right now with the sexist culture in Hollywood, he's far from the only man in power who made a career on the backs of the people he's abused.
Lawrence might have become a hugely successful star, but so many who have experienced similar harrowing ordeals (and even worse) don't, and their voices also need to be heard to shake up an industry that keeps abuse an open secret.