Jennifer Lawrence had a near-death experience in 2017 after the private plane she was on had a double engine failure which caused them to have an emergency landing.
The award-winning actress, who graces the cover of the December issue of Vanity Fair, revealed to the outlet, “My skeleton was all that was left in the seat.”
She even joked that flying private meant “I deserve to die”. She was flying en route to New York City with another passenger from her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky when it happened. The other passenger was the son of the doctor who delivered the actress and her two brothers.
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.’”
The 31-year-old actress added, “I just felt guilty. Everybody was going to be so bummed. And, oh, God, [my dog] Pippi was on my lap, that was the worst part. Here’s this little thing who didn’t ask to be a part of any of this.”
She started praying upon seeing the runway which was already filled with fire trucks and ambulances. “I started praying. Not to the specific God I grew up with, because he was terrifying and a very judgmental guy,” she said. “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.”
She even joked, “‘Please, Lord Jesus, let me keep my hair. Wrap me in your hair-loving arms. Please don’t let me go bald.’”
According to her, the jet finally hit the runway but bounced up and hit it again before stopping. After that rescuers broke open the plane’s door and removed everybody out of it. She was unscathed but had to board another plane. She said she was “anesthetized thanks to a very large pill and several mini bottles of rum.”
She was reminded of the saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you strong”, and added, “It made me a lot weaker.”
She admitted, “Flying is horrific and I have to do it all the time.”
Jennifer Lawrence is married to Cooke Maroney and is presently pregnant with her first child.