The dictionary defines the word 'awkward' as an adjective meaning, "Causing difficulty; hard to do or deal with," or, "Causing or feeling embarrassment or inconvenience."
It's probably safe to say that we can add a new example under said definition: The time when that one reporter from Good Day New York asked actor Nicholas Hoult about nude photos of his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lawrence, which were leaked online.
"I think they might have been pictures that were sent to you," the reporter told the 24-year-old X-Men star inquisitively.
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Hoult appeared on Good Day New York to promote his upcoming sci-fi drama Young Ones, and he was joined by director Jake Paltrow (younger brother to actress Gwyneth Paltrow). The good (terribly awkward) part starts around the 5:30-minute mark.
After discussing the film and Hoult's celebrated career, morning show host Rosanna Scotto made the not-at-all-logical segue into the nude photo hacking incident, which Lawrence recently compared to a "sex crime."
Hoult responded, "It's shocking that things like that happen in the world. It's a shame."
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Hoult and Lawrence recently broke up, making the whole situation somehow a million times more uncomfortable. And making it more surreal is the fact that Lawrence is now reportedly dating Chris Martin, the estranged husband of Gwyneth Paltrow. You know, the sister of that guy sitting next to Hoult?
Lawrence was one of dozens of victims of a massive phone-hacking scandal that resulted in the leaking of hundreds of private, often nude, photos.
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The actress opened up recently about the event to Vanity Fair magazine. "It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting," Lawrence, 24, said. "The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these websites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside."
Lawrence added, "Anybody who looked at those pictures, you're perpetuating a sexual offense. You should cower with shame. Even people who I know and love say, 'Oh, yeah, I looked at the pictures.' I don't want to get mad, but at the same time I'm thinking, I didn't tell you that you could look at my naked body."
Check out the video below for more on Lawrence's response to the leaked photos.
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