Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence lashed out after Julia Roberts questioned whether the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” star was fit to take her place as “America’s Sweetheart.”
Now a bitter feud has erupted between the box-office beauties . Sources say Jennifer, 23, brushed off 46-year-old Julia’s remarks as “sour grapes” because the “Pretty Woman” star is over the hill!
“Jennifer told a pal, ‘I don’t know what her problem is. I never said a bad word about her in my life,’ ” said a source.
A friend added: “As far as Jennifer’s concerned, Julia can keep the damn label of ‘America’s Sweetheart’!
“She’s not interested in it, and she could care less what Julia thinks of her.”
Julia – an Oscar winner for the 2000 drama “Erin Brockovich” – publicly claims to be a fan of Jennifer, who took home an Academy Award for last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook.”
But mother of three Julia got sarcastic when talking about Jennifer to an MTV News reporter recently. “She shoots flaming arrows,” she said about Jennifer’s role as warrior teen Katniss in the “Hunger Games” blockbusters. “Is this a new cupid tactic?”
Then Julia added: “I think she’s fabulous, but she seems cooler than me. Isn’t she too cool to be America’s Sweetheart?”
The source concluded: “Julia’s just jealous of Jennifer because she’s Hollywood’s new ‘It Girl.’ Jennifer’s attitude is that Julia needs to grow up.”