Jennifer Lawrence Says Learning Ballet for Red Sparrow Was “Really Brutal”

Jennifer Lawrence. Photo by John Salangsang/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9263264ch)

The latest movie starring Jennifer Lawrence is spy thriller Red Sparrow, which is set for release in the U.S on March 2, 2018. Lawrence stars as a Russian spy who falls in love with a CIA officer (played Joel Edgerton) and considers becoming a double agent. The opening scene of the movie saws Lawrence’s character transform into a ballerina, for which the 27-year-old actress trained with former New York City Ballet member, Kurt Froman in the period of four months. Now, Lawrence revealed to E! News that she doesn’t intend to continue practicing ballet and that the experience wasn’t the most pleasurable one.

“Oh absolutely not. No, I don’t keep up with ballet,” said Lawrence to E! News. “It was really brutal. I have so much respect for those athletes slash artists. It’s amazing what they do, but as soon as I wrapped the ballet scene, I threw my shoes in the trash. Done.”

Although ballet is not something Lawrence would gladly repeat she said that she was really happy to be a part of Red Sparrow and that she enjoyed in the project.

“I’m so lucky to be part of this,” she said. “This just got me so excited and invigorated and I just couldn’t wait to get on set. And once the cast started coming together, I had been wanting to work with Matthias [Schoenaerts] for years on different projects, and when he fell into place, and Joel Edgerton, who I’m a huge fan of, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling. I mean, this cast was just very exciting.”

Red Sparrow is based on the novel of the same name, written by Jason Matthews. The first reviews were mixed: while Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was praised, the movie was criticized for lack of action and thin story.