In many ways, Jennifer Lawrence is the same girl from Kentucky that she was before fame.
For example, the 24-year-old star of the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 recently needed a couch, but she just couldn't bring herself to pay for the overpriced furniture she found in L.A. stores.
"So I bought one from IKEA," she revealed in an interview with The Telegraph. "It doesn't matter how much money I make, unfairness in prices really fires me up. Like shopping in L.A and a T-shirt costs $150."
The problem is that she's far from an anonymous person, and something as simple as going to IKEA isn't easy for a movie star. She recalled to the newspaper that the other day she went with a friend to buy a dog and hit it off with the seller.
"It was a really great day, but I didn't realize he was taking pictures of me with his phone which he later sold online," she said. "I don't want to have to question every person that comes into my life, but at the same time I have reason to. I don't want to change but people need to stop being such a**holes."
Then, just last week, Lawrence was mobbed by fans as she left Late Show With David Letterman and had to be taken away by her security team. The actress didn't panic, but she's not always so cool about being in a crowd.
"A lot of anxiety comes from something as simple as me going to the grocery store because I don't know what could happen," Lawrence said. "And I have nightmares all the time that I'm walking through a shopping mall and suddenly people start surrounding me and there's nowhere I can go. So sometimes it's easier to call one of my friends and ask them to pick up some bananas for me because I don't want to go to the grocery store and have an event.
"But it's important to stay grounded, so I don't know," she said. "I'm figuring it out. Or trying to."
Lawrence places much of the blame for her situation on the pack of photographers who often follow her.
"I knew the paparazzi were going to be a reality in my life," Lawrence told the Associated Press in a separate interview. "But I didn't know that I would feel anxiety every time I open my front door, or that being chased by 10 men you don't know, or being surrounded, feels invasive and makes me feel scared and gets my adrenaline going every day."
She added that, "Nobody wants to help us because it seems like, you know, 'Shut up, millionaires!'"
Besides being a target of photographers, Lawrence was a victim of photo hacking last August when nude images of her and other celebrities leaked onto the Internet.
"If these laws are going to be in place to protect the press and to protect the paparazzi and to protect the news, then new measures need to be made, because this is an entirely new phenomenon," Lawrence noted. "This didn't exist 200 years ago.
"And my belief, and it's something I am going to work very hard on changing and I hope it changes before I die, is to make it illegal to buy, post or shop a photo that's been obtained illegally," she said. "I have photographers that jump my fence… if somebody jumps my fence and takes a picture through my window of me naked, that's illegal, but the photos can still be everywhere (online) the next day, and that makes no sense!"
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