Jennifer Lawrence in 'Don't Look Up': 'I've Got to Get High'

Jennifer Lawrence plays stony astronomer Kate Dibiasky in Adam McKay’s political comedy in "Don’t Look Up."

Jennifer Lawrence plays a pot smoker in Adam McKay's new movie Don't Look Up, currently in theaters and on  Netflix. In fact, Lawrence says she lit up before one of her scenes with Meryl Streep.

Here's the backstory: Don't Look Up, which pairs Lawrence with Leonardo DiCaprio, is about astronomers Kate Dibiasky and Dr. Randall Mindy, who discover a comet hurtlng towards Earth that no one seems to know about.

Lawrence: “Everyone was fucking with me… I guess because I was high. Easy to fuck with.”

In the stony scene, Kate and Randall meet with Pres. Janie Orlean (Streep), who laughs off their find. 

At a screening in Los Angeles, Lawrence revealed she asked permission from McKay to take a puff before the scene "because my character was getting high in the movie." 

Since she didn't have any lines in the scene, Lawrence wasn't worried about forgetting them. 

McKay teased: “I kept turning to my script supervisor, Cate Hardman, and was like, ‘I just want to say, “Hey Jen. I think I have a monologue idea for you.”’ And I would look at Jen and was like, ‘I can’t do it. It would be too mean.’ So I left you alone."

Lawrence added: “Everyone was fucking with me… I guess because I was high. Easy to fuck with.”

It's rare for actors to play characters stoned, even when that's what the script calls for. Usually, a non-intoxicating herbal alternative like oregano is smoked during scenes that call for cannabis.

Jennifer Lawrence lights a Journey pipe in "Don’t Look Up."

After discovering the comet and prior to leaving for Washington, DC on a massive government plane, Kate blurts out, "I've got to get high." The next scene she's smoking out of a black Journey pipe. 

The Don't Look Up cast also includes CelebStoners Jonah Hill and Kid Cudi.

In 2013, Lawrence was photographed smoking a joint in Hawaii after the success of Silver Linings Playbook. Just 22, she won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Tiffany in the football movie.

In 2015, Lawrence said she took a bong hit before attending the Oscars, but wouldn't says which one. She's been nominated three times in addition to Silver Linings Playbook: for Winter's Bone (2011), American Hustle (2014) and Joy (2018).


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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