Jennifer Lawrence has opened up about the terrifying moment she nearly died in a plane crash, on her way to New York.
The Hunger Games actress – who is pregnant with her first child, with husband Cooke Maroney – revealed her near-death ordeal, explaining she left ‘mental voicemails’ for her loved ones in panic.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the 31-year-old explained that she was travelling from Kentucky in a private plane in 2017, after wrapping on Mother!, when there was a ‘loud noise’ mid-flight.
She was informed that the two engines on the plane had failed, with the plane ‘dipping wildly’ as the pilot scrambled to make an emergency landing.
‘My skeleton was all that was left in the seat,’ she recalled. ‘We were all just going to die. I started leaving little mental voicemails to my family, you know, “I’ve had a great life, I’m sorry.”’
Jennifer explained that she just ‘felt guilty’ in that moment, stating that everyone was ‘going to be so bummed’.
She then saw a runway below, with fire trucks and ambulances prepared for whatever outcome.
‘I started praying. Not to the specific God I grew up with, because he was terrifying and a very judgmental guy,’ she continued. ‘But I thought, Oh, my God, maybe we’ll survive this? I’ll be a burn victim, this will be painful, but maybe we’ll live.’
The plane landed on the runway in Buffalo and bounced into the air before slamming back into the ground, with emergency services breaking the door open to get the unscathed crew and passengers to safety.
‘It made me a lot weaker,’ the Oscar-winner added of the experience. ‘Flying is horrific and I have to do it all the time.’
Jennifer – who leads an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep in her latest film, Don’t Look Up – recently made headlines after confirming her pregnancy.
The Silver Linings Playbook star has remained fiercely private of her family life but shared her baby news with People Magazine.
She was first linked to husband Cooke in 2018, months after her plane ordeal, with the pair announcing their engagement the following year before tying the knot in a low-key ceremony in 2019.
While she has kept her love life under wraps over the last few years, she heaped praise on her husband during an appearance on the NAKED podcast, sharing how ‘honored’ she was to be part of his family.
When asked why they decided to get married, Jennifer replied: ‘I don’t know, I started with the basics: “How do I feel? Is he nice? Is he kind?”
‘It’s just – this is the one, I know that sounds really stupid but he’s just, he’s the greatest person I’ve ever met, so I feel very honored to become a Maroney.
‘He’s my best friend so I want to legally bind him to me forever. And fortunately, the paperwork exists for such a thing. It’s the greatest. You find your favorite person in the planet and you’re like, “you can’t leave”. So, I wanted to take that offer.’
Read the full interview in Vanity Fair’s December issue and on VanityFair.com