Everyone has irrational fears — even Hollywood megastars like Jennifer Lawrence. Is she worried she’ll stop being offered roles? Or that her fans will stop thinking she’s awesome? No, her fear is much more bizarre.
In a video interview with Vanity Fair, Jennifer revealed how a piece of sci-fi short fiction left her with an unusual fear. “I don’t know if you ever read the Kurt Vonnegut short story where everybody has to take these pills that make your private parts feel like wet sponges. Nobody can have sex and no one can procreate. And so by the time I’m older and I’m like, ‘I think I want to be a mother,’ they’re like, ‘You can’t. Your private part feels like a sponge.’”
It sounds like Jennifer is talking about the Vonnegut story Welcome to the Monkey House, which was originally published in Playboy in 1968. Since Jennifer wasn’t even alive then, she must have read it in a short story collection, so we at Playboy will try not to feel responsible for putting that disturbing idea in her head. If by chance she picked up a back issue of the magazine and read the story there, we hope she’ll accept our apologies. (And Jennifer, if the government ever tries to make you take anti-sex pills, just say no!)