Darren Aronofsky, 49, opened up in a recent interview about ex Jennifer Lawrence’s, 27, overly dramatic acting on set of Mother!
The two dated for over a year, but broke up in November 2017 a little after the movie released. The director talked about his experience with Jennifer on set. The breakup must have been kind of bad, because he threw some shade her way!
Jennifer revealed in interviews shortly after the movie dropped that she tore her diaphragm after hyperventilating during intense scenes. She said:
“I never lose myself in a movie. This is the only time I’ve lost myself. I couldn’t tell my body that none of it was real. I kept on hyperventilating.”
According to Wonderwall, Darren said to the Economist Radio regarding the scene:
“I wasn’t pushing Jennifer on that day. I was pulling her back, [encouraging her] to remember that we were just making a movie. I don’t work well with method actors. I work best with actors who basically when you say, ‘Cut,’ it’s over and the emotion is gone, and when I say, ‘Action,’ they’re able to go deep into it.”
“But part of acting is finding emotions and finding places to go that are extreme because that’s the stories we tell. I’ve never had that situation where an actor was so emotionally… um… overwhelmed by the material that they lost control and hurt themselves.”
Since the two split up, Darren really hasn’t been singing praises about the Oscar-winning actress. He once said in an older interview post-breakup:
“It was so interesting because people talked about how great, talented and gifted she was. I had never seen her do anything like this before and I didn’t know if she would or could do it. She taught herself to act and she is a very technical actor. She just absorbed all the material we gave her and unleashed it and it exploded.”
Jennifer herself also had something to say about Darren and his obsession with Mother! and the bad reviews it received:
“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 and that’s all he wants to talk about. 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?'”
Yikes. I guess this is why they say to keep dating life and work life separate.