It sounds more like a scene from the Hunger Games but at 14 Jennifer Lawrence had so little cash she had no choice but to share her food with rats.
Having left home to chase her dreams of becoming an actor, Lawrence was living in a dingy New York apartment with plenty of unwelcome house guests.
She said to NPR:
Night, the night was horrible, that’s when [the rats] all come out.
I wouldn’t go to the bathroom… My dad still talks about that, he says, ‘That’s when I knew you were serious’… that was the turning point for my dad.”
Lawrence then made the revelation about how she had to share food:
There was no hot water, no kitchen, it was like a closet with a hot plate. And I got to the point where I was literally just sharing my food with rats.”
I didn’t really have any money, so like if a rat had eaten my loaf of bread, you know, before, when I first got there, I’d be like, ‘Ew’, and throw the whole loaf of bread away, but eventually I was like, ‘God, I’m not going to be able to afford bread’, so I started just cutting around the hole that the rat had eaten. It got to the point where I was literally just sharing food with a rat.
That’s when my parents were like, ‘Yeah, I think she really, really wants to do this’.”
That is most definitely suffering for one’s art.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.