How Jennifer Lawrence Survived Months of Getting Painted Naked

01/20/2011 at 09:15 AM EST

How Jennifer Lawrence Survived Months of Getting Painted Naked
Jennifer Lawrence
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Jennifer Lawrence has learned not to be self-conscious in makeup. Having seven women painting your naked body over and over for months will do that to you.

"Nothing's sacred anymore," says Lawrence, 20, the breakout star of the indie Winter's Bone, tells the Hollywood Reporter of her marathon makeup sessions for X-Men: First Class, in which she plays the blue-bodied mutant Mystique.

"Those girls and I got so close," she says of her makeup team. "They were painting me naked every day for months. It was kind of like going to a really bizarre sleepover."

She adds, jokingly: "It's what you guys imagine we do: one naked girl and seven pairs of hands all over her."

Having those women "all up in [my] business," as she puts it, wasn't the only challenge in shooting the X-Men prequel. Lawrence had to work out for two hours a day and stick to a strict diet – which was tough for the Louisville native.

"It was awful. I was hungry for five months. I'm still pissed about it," says the actress, who returned to Kentucky and some down-home cooking when she finished shooting. "I'm slowly working my way back, because I have to be able to eat like an a--hole."

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