It turns out that two of the goofiest actors in Hollywood are more sensitive than you'd think.
The two were paired off as part of the "Variety Studio: Actors on Actors" series, in which Lawrence revealed that the press tour for "mother!" with her then-boyfriend and director Darren Aronofsky had her desperate to change the subject.
"I'd come back to the hotel, and the last thing I want to talk about or think about is a movie," she said. "He comes back from the tour, and that’s all he wants to talk about. I get it; it's his baby. He wrote it; he conceived it; he directed it. I was doing double duty trying to be supportive partner while also being like, 'Can I please, for the love of God, not think about "mother!" for one second.'"
She finally put her foot down and told him to stop reading her the decidedly mixed reviews of the movie because they made her too defensive. "Especially because it's my man. I don’t want to sound in an interview that I'm defending what we’re doing in any way. It's awesome, what we did. The people who hate it really hate it. But it's nothing that needs to be defended. If I read a negative review, I just feel defensive."
Sandler said he had a similar experience with his 1995 comedy "Billy Madison."
"When I did 'Billy Madison,' I read some, and they hated it. I was like, 'Whoa. What the hell is happening, man? I thought they were going to be right with me.' [...] It didn't make sense to me, and it screwed my thinking up a little bit. When we were writing the next one, me and my buddy were like, 'You think they’re going to hate this if we do this?' And we started saying, 'What's the difference?'"
Lawrence revealed that she even has trouble dealing with positive feedback, like when she drew a lot of praise for her hosting skills while filling in for Jimmy Kimmel at the beginning of this month.
"So I was like, this is a safe time to be bored and Google myself, right? And I was only reading positive things. I probably just Googled 'I love Jennifer Lawrence.' It was all positive, and I got slammed with anxiety. It's not healthy to realize how many people are actually looking and listening to you. That is such a mind fuck."
Their mutual discomfort with too much attention extends to encountering fans in public -- many of whom act like they'll be best friends just because they're so relatable on screen.
"Once I enter a public place, I become incredibly rude," Lawrence said. "I turn into a huge a–hole. That's my only way of defending myself."
Sandler said he's often had people pull up a chair while he's out eating; but while he tries to be friendly, he has developed his own technique to avoid unwanted selfies. "They go, 'Hey Adam, could I get a picture?' And I always say, 'You don’t want that, man.' And the guy goes, 'What?' And I go, 'You don’t want that.' And then he's like, 'Yeah, yeah. I don't.'"
Lawrence later called Sandler's "The Waterboy" one of her favorite movies ever, prompting Sandler to open up about Dr. Dre once quoted the movie to him back in the day. "Wow, that’s a moment," she said in reaction. "That's like when Woody Harrelson told me to 'slow down, Jen, this isn't Jamaica' when I was 21 or 22. I was like, 'Oh my god, I just out-smoked Woody Harrelson.' It was such a big moment."