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Why Is Jennifer Lawrence Taking A Break From Acting? Here's The Upsetting Reason

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Take a couple deep breaths, J. Law fans, because I'm about to ruin your day. There is a lot to be excited about when it comes to our fave talented, Oscar-winning actress; she's currently on the heels of a release for her new film Mother!, and her return to the X-Men franchise next year for Dark Phoenix is already highly anticipated by J. Law and Marvel fans alike. Sadly, though, Jennifer Lawrence is taking a break from acting after she's done filming her current Marvel project and I'm sure I'm not the only one who's devastated by this news.

The A-lister recently sat down for an interview with the Today Show's Savannah Guthrie and, after pointing out how the actress has done at least one film a year since 2010, the host asks if she ever plans to take a break. It is then that Lawrence reveals the devastating news that she has nothing planned for the next two years.

Indeed, to all of our dismay, the actress quickly responds to Guthrie by saying, "I'm taking one [a break]. I don't have anything set for two years." Of course, Guthrie seems just as surprised as all of us. Lawrence has been steadily working and racking up awards show nominations for the past seven years, so (though well deserved) it's shocking to hear she'll be taking some time off.

Naturally, the Today Show co-anchor had to ask Lawrence what she plans to do while on hiatus from working. The Mother! star tells her, "I don't know [what I'm going to do]. I don't know, start making pots? I think I'm just taking a little break," before laughing and jokingly saying, "I'll see you in six months."

As heartbreaking as it is to know we won't be seeing J. Law on the silver screen for a while after her X-Men film, the reason behind her decision to take a break is even more upsetting. Like many stars of her caliber, it seems Lawrence is fed up with her lack of privacy. The actress admits in her interview that being in the spotlight for the past seven years has taken its toll on her; she tells Guthrie,

[People] feel so entitled to everything. You know, like when I'm getting photographed just like walking to Starbucks, I'm like why does anybody feel—why do you feel entitled to this? [At first,] I was angry and resentful because I thought that I deserved the right to do what I love and to do my job, and then still have privacy, and then after a few years you're like, but that's not the way it is, it's just not. But it's important to just keep a separation and know that the people screaming outside of a premiere, they're screaming because of a job and because of a character. I don't go home like, 'Oh my god! Did you hear that, how much they love me?' So I don't put any stock in it.

She continued by saying how grateful for her fans she is, "I'm grateful to them 'cause without fans and people going to see my movie, I wouldn't be able to do what I love."

Obviously J. Law knew what she was signing up for before becoming one of Hollywood's most sought after actresses; still, her busy schedule — when combined with the invasiveness of the paparazzi and the demands of fans — was bound to take its toll on her eventually. And, as we've seen recently with names like Taylor Swift, a period away from the spotlight can be good for the star as well as the fans. Even the goddess Meryl Streep takes time off between projects, and, let's be honest, we all know J. Law will come back with some killer roles in a few years.