Why Jennifer Lawrence Won't "Just Shut Up and Act" Post-Election

Reactions flooded the Internet, on every social media platform, in the wake of Donald Trump's election as president. But on November 9, Jennifer Lawrence penned and published an open and honest essay on Broadly that, in a "Good Morning America" interview this week, still had interviewer Michael Strahan talking.

"I didn't meant to speak to only people who only voted for Hillary; I meant to just speak to the divide," Lawrence said when Strahan asked about her decision to speak out post-election. Lawrence’s essay put out a specific call for her readers not to "be afraid" but to "be loud" — and as she told Strahan, she had a particular audience in mind for that call to action.

"For me, I was the star of the 'Hunger Games,' so I had a lot of 12 year olds and 11 year olds, and I know that they look up to me, and I know that they were listening to me and watching me. And when the election happened, I couldn’t help think of those girls who were 18."

The actress, who has also spoken out against Hollywood’s equal pay gap and the illegal hack that leaked her private photos online, told Strahan she knows why people get frustrated at the thought of outspoken actors. But, above all, she knows for whom she is speaking, and she won’t stop any time soon.

"I completely understand when people say just shut up and act," she said. "But for me, there were times where I feel a real need to speak to those girls."

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