In an upcoming ABC News special “Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013,” “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence discussed her sensitivity to the harsh criticism about her weight on the red carpet.
“The word ‘fat’ I think should be illegal,” the Oscar winner told Walters. “If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”
Lawrence told the BBC last month about how she has pushed back on directors who have wanted her to lose weight: “When we were doing the first ‘Hunger Games,’ there was a big discussion. It’s called the HUNGER games and obviously she’s underfed so she would be incredibly thin but I said ‘we have the ability to control this image.’”
She continued: “It’s important to look strong and healthy. I think Kate Moss running at you with a bow and arrow wouldn’t really be scary.”
The full Jennifer Lawrence interview will air on ABC News Wednesday night at 9:30 pm E.T.