Their new spy thriller Red Sparrow may be deadly serious—Jennifer Lawrence plays a Russian trained to use her sexuality as a weapon, and Joel Edgerton is the CIA operative hoping to turn her into a double agent—but in real life they spend a lot of time joking around.
“We wanted you to know we’re expecting a baby!” Lawrence jokes. Edgerton pats his belly and adds, “I don’t think it’s a baby, but there’s something in there.” The Kentucky- raised Oscar winner, 27, and the NSW-born actor, 43, chatted about set life and who’s weirder.
You both have accents in the film—Russian and American. Was that hard?
LAWRENCE It was daunting. I had to do a lot of homework. Once I got on-set and in costume, I was living and breathing her, so it was easier. Last night I tried to do it [again], and it came out sounding Jamaican!
EDGERTON I feel like Australians do American accents well because we all watched American TV growing up. Every afternoon I was glued to the TV watching Brady Bunch, Happy Days. By the way, Jen, you need to get an Australian accent now that we’re having a baby and raising it in Australia.
“We wanted you to know we’re expecting a baby!”
Which one of you is weirder?
LAWRENCE Joel. Genuinely. He came over for the [Floyd] Mayweather fight and had all these pens in his pocket, and I was like, “Why do you have so many pens?” And he goes, “And a breadstick!” And just pulled a breadstick out of his pocket and started eating it.
EDGERTON What’s weird about that?
LAWRENCE What’s weird about me? He’s got nothing. My weirdest habit is reading.
EDGERTON The weirdest thing about Jennifer is just how f--king normal she is.
LAWRENCE Oh no, now they’ll think I called myself normal and make fun of me on Saturday Night Live.