Jennifer Lawrence doesn't take her fame for granted, but she does take it with a grain of salt.
The Oscar winner, who graces the cover of the September issue of Vogue, revealed to the magazine that there's a darker side to being thrust into the spotlight. Though she understands that the public doesn't have much empathy for famous people whining about the pitfalls of being famous, Lawrence admits she's not loving this new life.
"I’m just really starting to feel like a monkey in a zoo," she laments.
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"I teeter on seeming ungrateful when I talk about this, but I’m kind of going through a meltdown about it lately," she confesses further. "All of a sudden the entire world feels entitled to know everything about me, including what I’m doing on my weekends when I’m spending time with my nephew. And I don’t have the right to say, 'I'm spending time with my family.'"
The truth is, she can say that, but it will likely only encourage the press to follow her even more adamantly. (People want to know what she's doing with her family, of course!)
Even "Silver Linings Playbook" director, David O. Russell — who has worked with his share of super-famous stars — feels for the young thesp.
"When she first showed up on the set of 'Silver Linings,' she was asking Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro what it’s like to have people come up to you on the street,' he recalls. "That wasn’t really happening to her. People didn’t really know who she was. But by the time the film was released and we did an event in Santa Barbara, it was like being at a Beatles concert. There were thousands of screaming people. It was mind-blowing."
Now, before you roll your eyes for this "poor little rich (and famous) girl," hear her out. "If I were just your average 23-year-old girl and I called the police to say that there were strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks, they would leap into action. But because I am a famous person, well, sorry, ma’am, there’s nothing we can do. It makes no sense."
We have to admit; the girl's got a point. But it's not even the paparazzi who bother her most; it's the people who tell her to just get over it.
"I am just not OK with it. It's as simple as that," she explains. "I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven’t been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal. I’m not going to find peace with it."
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Whether she finds peace with it or not is ultimately up to her, but her feelings are unlikely to dissuade the media from tracking her every move. Our two cents (not that she asked) is to find a way to manage it, if not make peace with it, and then champion a worthy cause using her newfound ability to influence change.
For more of Jennifer Lawrence's interview, check out September issue of Vogue, on newsstands on August 20.
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