The Oscar-winning actress got emotional remembering a burn victim who gained strength from the story of Katniss Everdeen.
Jennifer Lawrence may act tough as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” but off-screen, she’s a big ol’ softie.
In a press conference for her new “Hunger Games” flick Friday, the Oscar winner got choked up remembering a fan inspired by Everdeen’s trials.
“On the first movie, there was a girl who was an extra, and she was covered in scars, she had been burned,” the 23-year-old actress said. “And she came up to me and said that she was too self-conscious to go to school when she was younger. And then when she read ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Catching Fire,’ she was proud of her scars and her friends called her the ‘girl on fire.'”
“I remember crying and calling my mom-I can’t really still remember the story without tearing up,” Lawrence said, her voice clotted with emotion. “And I said to my mom ‘I kind of get it.'”
Lawrence added that the moment made her feel that her fame could be used to do good outside of the Hollywood rigmarole.
“Sometimes it can seem so pointless, because you’re filled with hair and makeup and clothes, and then sometimes, the lives that you can touch without even meaning to,” she said.
“So many wonderful things can come from this, when you have a voice, saying the right things,” Lawrence continued. “It takes me 10 minutes to sign a hundred posters that can raise thousands of dollars for charity, and it’s so simple.”
Lawrence also displayed some of her trademark humor talking about the Oscar she won for “Silver Linings Playbook.”
“I brought it to work, I put it on ‘Video Village,’ (the bank of video monitors on a film set) and I was like ‘Things are going to be very different!'” she joked. “No, I didn’t. I saw everybody on set the next day, everybody was like, ‘Hey, yeah, ok…’ and I was like, ‘Nothing?'”
In fact, her “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” co-star Woody Harrelson ribbed Lawrence about the accolade.
“Every time I messed up a line, Woody was like ‘You better give that Oscar back!'” Lawrence said. “I actually wish everybody in this cast didn’t know about it. It would have made my life a lot easier!”
Source: NY Daily News