In a recent interview with The New York Times, Jennifer Lawrence disclosed that mega-superstar Adele—who is actually one of her close friends—warned her not to star in the 2016 film Passengers.
Lawrence explained that she was looking for roles to take after years as Katniss Everdeen in the successful franchise, but realized the audience wasn’t on board.
“I was like, ‘Oh no, you guys are here because I’m here, and I’m here because you’re here. Wait, who decided that this was a good movie?'” Lawrence said.
She then specifically mentioned “Passengers” as an example of fan backlash.
“Adele told me not to do it! She was like, ‘I feel like space movies are the new vampire movies.’ I should have listened to her,” Lawrence told The Times.
Passengers follows the relationship of two characters, Lawrence and Chris Pratt, who were in hibernation aboard a spacecraft, traveling to a colony 60 light-years away from earth when they were mistakenly woken up 90 years too early.
The movie was as box-office bust and only has a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Reaction to the movie made Lawrence step back and rethink the work she wanted to do.
“I was not pumping out the quality that I should have,” Lawrence told Vanity Fair in 2021 about films like “Passengers” that led her to step away from the spotlight. “I just think everybody had gotten sick of me. I’d gotten sick of me. It had just gotten to a point where I couldn’t do anything right. If I walked a red carpet, it was, ‘Why didn’t she run?’”
Lawrence continued, “I think that I was people-pleasing for the majority of my life. Working made me feel like nobody could be mad at me: ‘Okay, I said yes, we’re doing it. Nobody’s mad.’ And then I felt like I reached a point where people were not pleased just by my existence. So that kind of shook me out of thinking that work or your career can bring any kind of peace to your soul.”
Since then, she has acted in the critically acclaimed Netflix film “Don’t Look Up” alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. She will next be seen in the Friday-premiere of one of Apple TV’s award-season contenders, “Causeway.”