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'Paparazzi scare me every day' - Jennifer

Jennifer Lawrence says she knew being a movie star would bring with it a certain loss of privacy. What she didn't know, she says, was the deep emotional and even physical toll it would take.

"I knew the paparazzi were going to be a reality in my life," the 24-year-old Oscar winner said.

"But I didn't know that I would feel anxiety every time I open my front door, or that being chased by 10 men you don't know, or being surrounded, feels invasive and makes me feel scared every day."

Lawrence was recently in the news when nude photos of her and other celebrities were hacked, then posted online. She took the forceful position then that the hacking was not a scandal but "a sex crime".

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"You can say, 'This [invasion of privacy] is part of my job and this is going to be a reality of my life'," Lawrence said, "but what you don't expect is how your body and how your emotions are going to react to it."

And yet, the general public isn't very sympathetic to such celebrity complaints: "Nobody wants to help us because it seems like, you know, 'Shut up, millionaires!'," she added.

As an example, she described checking into a hotel and opening the window to discover "a team of paparazzi outside that are shooting up into my hotel room. And we can't ask them to move because they're on public property. And they can photograph me because I'm a public person or can chase me because I'm a public person.

"If these laws are going to be in place to protect the press, then new measures need to be made, because this is an entirely new phenomenon.

"And my belief, and it's something I am going to work very hard on changing, is to make it illegal to buy, post or shop a photo that's been obtained illegally," she said.

"I have photographers that jump my fence ... if somebody jumps my fence and takes a picture through my window of me naked, that's illegal, but the photos can still be everywhere [online] the next day, and that makes no sense!"

Lawrence told Vanity Fair not long after the hacking episode that even those who looked at the photos online were perpetuating what she called the sex crime.

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