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Lawrence: Privacy loss takes toll

Jennifer Lawrence has said that while she knew being a movie star would bring with it a certain loss of privacy, she didn't realise the emotional and even physical toll it would take.

"I knew the paparazzi were going to be a reality in my life," the 24-year-old Oscar winner said in an 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."

The Hunger Games star was recently in the news when private nude photos of her and other celebrities were hacked, then posted online. She took the forceful position then that the hacking was not a scandal but "a sex crime".

The actress spoke while promoting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the third instalment of the blockbuster franchise that catapulted her to stardom.

"You can say, 'This (invasion of privacy) is part of my job and this is going to be a reality of my life'," Jennifer said. "But what you don't expect is how your body and how your emotions are going to react to it."

And yet, she added with her typical candour, the general public isn't very sympathetic to such celebrity complaints: "Nobody wants to help us because it seems like, you know, 'Shut up, millionaires!'."

Sitting alongside her co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, J-Law said that although she adores her job: "There are some things that I couldn't really prepare for."

As an example, she described checking into a hotel and opening the window to discover "a team of paparazzi outside that are shooting up into my hotel room. And we can't ask them to move because they're on public property. And they can photograph me because I'm a public person or can chase me because I'm a public person.

"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. 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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