Jennifer Lawrence has told how she has been “afraid” of doing anything “sexy” on screen since having her nude photos hacked in 2014.

The Oscar-winning actress revealed she thought she would never “share that part” of herself again after naked photos of her were leaked online when her email account was hacked.

However, the star said she now feels like she is “taking something back” in her role as a spy who uses her body as a weapon in the film Red Sparrow.

Lawrence told Oprah Winfrey, for The Hollywood Reporter, she chose the role because of the “chemistry” she had with it and said it was “like meeting a boyfriend”.

She said: “Red Sparrow was sexual, and I haven’t done anything sexy or sexual.

“I’ve been afraid of that since 2014, when I got my pictures hacked.

“I just thought, ‘I’ll never do that again. I’ll never share that part of myself ever since it got shared against my will’.

“And then when I said yes to Red Sparrow, I felt I was taking something back.”

The Hunger Games actress said she would rather have been robbed than have her naked images distributed online.

“I would much prefer my whole house to have been invaded,” she said.

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Harvey Weinstein, the executive producer of Silver Linings Playbook, with  Jennifer Lawrence and the Best Actress Oscar she won for the film
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“That’s what’s so scary about electronic (things). I have such fear with my phone and my computer and electronics.

“It’s taking somebody’s intellectual property but also my body.

“It was violating on a sexual level.”

Speaking about the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, Lawrence said she has known the producer since she was 20, but had not had a negative experience with him.

She said: “Just speaking for myself, I had known him since I was 20, and he had only ever been nice to me – except for the moments that he wasn’t, and then I called him an asshole, and we moved on.

“He was paternal to me. So I needed a moment to process everything because I thought I knew this guy, and then he’s being accused of rape.

“We all knew he was a dog, we knew that he was a tough guy, a brute, a tough guy to negotiate with.”

The actress praised the dozens of women who have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against several men in the industry.

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Lawrence said she wanted to see “social change” and for that to happen there needs to be equality between men and women.

She added: “As long as there is one group of humans that is overruling another one, there’s going to be abuse, (and) why would we be thought of as equals?”