Jennifer Lawrence intends to use her spotlight wisely.
The 27-year-old actress was honored with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where she gave a powerful speech about embracing strong female voices, and using her platform to create change.
"It’s not easy to speak out. It’s not easy to face criticism on a global scale. But the fact is I have been given a platform, and if I don’t use it, then I don’t deserve it," she said.
"This last year has been a trying and challenging time in our world and our industry specifically. Every day, we wake up to a myriad of headlines that deeply impact us, from around the globe," continued Lawrence, who is the youngest person ever to receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. Previous winners include Barbra Streisand, Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Halle Berry, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters and Tina Fey.