JLaw: I Was Held in 'Jail' for 5 Hours
Lawrence's fib didn't go over well with customs agents
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2016 3:48 PM CDT
In this Nov. 18, 2015, file photo, actress Jennifer Lawrence attends a film screening.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Jennifer Lawrence tried to tell a lie—really she did. On The Graham Norton Show, the actress says she was traveling to London to audition for the role of Mystique in 2011's X-Men: First Class when colleagues told her to lie about her visit because her passport was set to expire within six months, the Independent reports. "They were like, 'Whatever you do, don't tell them that you're here for work, 'cause they'll ask for a work visa—say you're here for pleasure,'" says Lawrence. "And I'm like, 'Oh, my good God ... I have to lie to a customs officer!'"

So she concocted a whole story. "I get there and he's like, 'Business or pleasure?' 'Pleasure.' 'What are you doing for pleasure?' 'My brother's getting married.' 'Where's he getting married?' 'Wimbledon.' 'Is he American?' 'Yes,'" Lawrence claimed. "'Do you have an invitation?' 'No.'" That's when she fessed up and admitted everything, which earned her a detention. "I had to sit in a tiny little jail for like five hours while they called my employer," says Lawrence. "I felt tiny." Everything worked out though, as X-Men fans know, with Lawrence reprising the Mystique role in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2013) and X-Men: Apocalypse, due in theaters May 27, People reports. (See her tell the story on E! Online, or see why she admits to stealing a leather jacket and boots.)