Jennifer Lawrence beat out scores of young actresses for the kick-ass lead role of Katniss Everdeen in this month’s The Hunger Games (and landed at number one on your hottest-celebs list). In her interview with Willa Paskin, she tells us whose team (Gale or Peeta) she’s really on, whose death in the movie hit her the hardest and why she can’t stand it when actors complain. Read on for a sneak peek!
The Kentucky-born Lawrence, who was nominated for an Academy Award last year for her gritty work in Winter’s Bone, knows that her life is about to change. Big-time. The Hunger Games is being heralded as the next Twilight, with all of the box office expectations that entails. But instead of vampires, this story has a fight-to-the-death reality show, political conspiracies and the brutal deaths of small children. In other words, Lawrence isn’t just playing the next Bella Swan; she’s also playing the next Jason Bourne.
In the weeks leading up to the release of the film, Lawrence, who laughs often and quickly—at herself as much as everything else—has intentionally been taking it easy, hanging out with her friends, surfing, going grocery shopping and mentally preparing for what’s to come. May the odds be ever in her favor.
GLAMOUR: So, are you ready?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: I feel like I’m in the eye of the hurricane right now. I just recently started cleaning like I’m insane, and I’m starting to think it’s my anxiety over the movie. I think it’s a bit like, “I’m just cleaning the refrigerator handle. The movie’s not coming out. I’m going to clean it spotless, and then my life will not change.” It’s just scary. I feel like I got a ticket to go to another planet and I’m moving there and there’s no turning back, and I don’t know if I’m going to like that other planet or have friends there. It’s daunting.
GLAMOUR: But you thought about all of this before you took the job, right?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: I gave myself three days. I knew from reading the books that I loved The Hunger Games. I just didn’t know if it was worth changing my life for. I’m at a peaceful place right now. The people who used to ignore me at parties, now they’re nice to me and kissing my ass. But nobody’s staked outside of my house. I wanted to make sure that when I said yes, I wouldn’t regret it. And I don’t regret it. I would have said no because I was scared, and then I would have been that bitter actress telling my grandkids, “I’m the one that turned it down.”
GLAMOUR: Being very famous does seem crazy-making….
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: In some ways, it’s a hard life, but it’s a great professional life. I’m doing what I love, and then I get months and months of rest. I have a lot of money for a 21-year-old. I can’t stand it when actors complain.