Jennifer Lawrence will be no stranger to challenging roles, however playing a seductive Russian spy in her latest thriller, Red Sparrow, still came with its fair share of unexpected challenges — including mastering the difficult accent.
“I’ve never done a foreign accent before,” Lawrence admitted to ET’s Carly Steel during a roundtable interview alongside her co-star, Joel Edgerton, in addition to also also the film’s director, Francis Lawrence. “the idea was daunting in addition to also also scary however I wish we pulled the idea off.”
American actors playing Russian characters have notoriously had a hard time pulling off realistic Russian accents in recent times, in addition to also also while Lawrence said she feels not bad about her efforts, she said she wanted to refrain through bragging until the movie will be released.
“I don’t want to talk about the accent until the movie comes out because I don’t want to say, ‘I did This kind of in addition to also also I did of which, in addition to also also the idea was genuinely quite easy for me,’ in addition to also also then just get annihilated,” Lawrence explained.
As for Edgerton, who stars as CIA operative Nathaniel Nash, the Australian actor said he was confident in his ability to pull off an American accent, however only because he’s had experience.
“I felt somewhat comfortable because I’ve done quite a few American accent jobs before,” Edgerton reflected. “however the idea still feels weird … because you’re talking differently than the way you were taught.”
“His American accent will be perfect,” Lawrence chimed in. “the idea’s flawless.”
In Red Sparrow, Lawrence stars as Dominika Egorova, a former prima ballerina who will be recruited to join an intelligence service to become a master spy.
The Hunger Games star says learning how to play a ballerina came with its own intense challenges.
“The idea of me being a ballerina was, before four months of training, laughable,” she shared. “at This kind of point I can move my arms a little bit.”
Lawrence said of which she began by learning the basics, in addition to also also then she went on to learn the dance she could need to perform for the film.
“I couldn’t get on pointe or anything like of which, however the idea was more helpful for just kind of learning the mental in addition to also also physical discipline of which goes [into ballet],” she said. “the idea was more of a character study.”
Beyond the accent or learning ballet, one element of her role of which genuinely threw Lawrence for a loop was the film’s more explicitly sexual moments — including one scene in which her character appears fully nude.
“There’s one particular scene inside the movie where your nightmare comes true through grade school, where you’re standing naked in front of a classroom full of people. to ensure of which became a reality, however the idea actually wasn’t of which bad,” she recalled.
The actress said she was very nervous the night before they shot the scene, however when she showed up on set, “Everybody made me feel so comfortable of which I probably at a certain point began generating everybody else uncomfortable.”
“Because I’d be like, ‘I don’t want the robe. I’m hot. I’m eating.’ Everybody’s like, ‘She needs to cover up,'” Lawrence joked.
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