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!