Darren Aronofsky Would Not Shut Up About mother! On the Press Tour With Jennifer Lawrence

“No, you see, it’s actually a very complex metaphor for God and mother earth...it’s hard to explain, let me tell y-” / Image via Getty
“No, you see, it’s actually a very complex metaphor for God and mother earth...it’s hard to explain, let me tell y-” / Image via Getty

Not long after their tense “no, no you don’t understand the film” promotional tour for their trainwreck movie mother!, couple Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky split after a year of dating.


And while I don’t want to speculate on why they broke up (*whispers under my breath* probably the physically and emotionally taxing process of making the worst movie of the year), a new interview from Lawrence reveals that one potential source of tension in their relationship was the fact that Aronofsky would not. stop. talking. about. mother!

In Variety’s annual “Actors on Actors” interview series, Lawrence paired up with Adam Sandler, for some reason. And she describes how she processes bad press and reviews, for which she received a lot of for mother! of course. Lawrence says how usually she can just let it go but this time “dating the director was different.” She says:

We’d be on the tour together, I’d come back to the hotel and the last thing I want to talk about or think about is the movie, and he comes back from tour and that’s all he wants to talk about. And I get it, it’s his baby, he wrote it and directed it. I was doing double duty of trying to be a supportive partner while also being like, ‘Can I please, for the love of God, not think about ‘mother!’ for one second?’ And then he would start reading me reviews and finally I was just like [waves hands] it’s not healthy! Neither of us are doing it! Because I read it, I start getting defensive, especially because it’s like, my man.

Meanwhile Adam Sandler politely offers some “oh man”s.

I wonder what was a more grueling exercise for Lawrence: playing a young mother whose baby is stolen from her and murdered in front of her eyes or having to deal with Aronofsky complaining about bad reviews every night. It’s hard to say!

Hazel Cills is the Pop Culture Reporter at Jezebel. Her writing has been published by outlets including The Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, ELLE, and more.



My husband and I used to have this problem. If we have a stressor, I want to discuss it to death and he wants to leave it alone until he’s ready. We finally agreed on a ten minute venting session where I can let fly, and then we put it away. It’s been surprisingly good for me, he’s much less stressed, and we don’t wallow in our misery. I don’t want to be like a dog with a bone over every issue, and he really doesn’t want me to be like that either. It’s stressful to be constantly trying to chill your partner out.

This has been Short’s relationship anecdote. You’re welcome.