The Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence says she’s taking a sabbatical from acting so she can help “fix our democracy.” She told Entertainment Tonight that she’s planning to take the next year off to focus on political activism.
“I’m going to take the next year off,” Lawrence told Entertainment Tonight, explaining how she will work with a self-described anti-corruption nonprofit during her break from film. “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.”
“It doesn’t have anything to do with partisan [politics]. It’s just anti-corruption and stuff trying to pass state by state laws that can help prevent corruption, fix our democracy.”
The last time we heard her talk like this, it was back in November when she told Elle that she wants to get a farm and milk goats. Which, fair enough. Previously, she’d told the Today show in September that she wanted to escape Hollywood to focus on pottery.
Her decision isn’t out of the ordinary for the Oscar winner, who has taken more of a political standpoint in recent years. Back in January, the 27-year-old shared a photo on Facebook showing her with celebrity pals Cameron Diaz and Adele taking part in the Women’s March.
“I stand in solidarity for Women’s rights, Equal pay, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program),” she captioned the picture, in which she’s holding a sign that reads: “A woman’s place is in the revolution.”
Lawrence was also among the dozens of Hollywood stars to sign a letter sent to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urging them to pass legal protection for DACA recipients.
In 2015, Lawrence said it would be the “end of the world” if Trump were elected. Last August she began to soften her tone and insisted that Americans with differing political views find a “bridge” between each other.
“We can’t continue this divide and anger. There are issues affecting us as human beings, not as liberals and not as Republicans. We have to protect the foundation of this country, and acceptance,” Lawrence said in an interview with Vogue. “If you’re preaching acceptance, accept immigrants, accept Muslims, accept everybody.”