JENNIFER LAWRENCE may have missed out on playing Bella Swan in the Twilightfranchise, but it doesn’t really matter — because she’s now fronting The Hunger Games as Katniss Everdeen. Nominated for an Oscar for Winter’s Bone, the 21-year-old’s resume also includes X-Men: First Class and Jodie Foster’s The Beaver. Here, she reveals what life’s been like, being in the limelight.
How much fun was it to do all these action scenes?
It was a blast! It was the most physical movie I’ve ever done, but really fun.
What do you think was the most challenging?
The physical aspect, actually. It was a very physically challenging role. It was very active.
How did you approach the character of Katniss? Were you scared about the anticipation a role with such a big fan base would bring?
No — getting nervous about the anticipation is kind of like Googling yourself. You just can’t even go there because it’ll only do bad things. I just knew that I would give absolutely everything I had and try my hardest. That was aIl I let myself focus on. If everybody hates it, that sucks.
Who would you choose in real life: Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) or Gale (Liam Hemsworth)?
I have no idea. I’d probably be in the same pickle as her.
You,re kind of an “it” girl at the moment. Are you glad you didn,t get the role of Bella in Twilight?
No. I think that everything happens for a reason. Everything happened the way that it did, especially because I really like Kristen Stewart in the Twilight movies. I can’t really imagine anybody else doing it; I think she’s a great Bella. I’ve never really been disappointed about not getting anything. I mean, I was just with every actor in New York or LA auditioning for whatever’s out there. But I felt that whatever is meant to be, will happen. I actually had no idea what they were. When the movies came out, I went “Wow!”
Do you think you are prepared for the fame that this trilogy is going to bring?
Of course not. I don’t think anybody can prepare themselves for that. But then again, the movies could be a huge flop and everybody is getting excited about nothing! Who knows?
So what new skills did you have to master, besides the bow and arrow?
Well, you just took one. There was archery, free-running and stunts and rock climbing, harness work, combat.
Did you dream of acting when you were young? You never took acting lessons.
I think it was always there, but it was never a possibility or a reality until I was 14 and got discovered. And then I read my first script and went on auditions. I felt like I’d found my thing to do — that feeling of being exactly where you need to be at the right time.
What other projects do you have coming up?
I’ve just finished a movie called The Silver Linings with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, which was directed by David O. Russell.
Is it nice working with Bradley Cooper?
Yeah, he’s great.
Now that you,re a star yourself, do you still get starstruck on The Hunger Gamesset?
Well, Donald Sutherland, definitely. Lenny Kravitz is actually one of my best friends’ dads, so by the time he was on set we had already known each other. I kept getting in trouble because I was used to calling him “Mr. Kravitz.” But he was like, “You have to call me Lenny! This is embarrassing.” So I finally started calling him Lenny.
What do you do on a day-off to wind down?
Watch TV or read or just hang out.
Have you read anything good recently?
I’ve just finished Anna Karenina, which makes me sound like a snob. But I really loved it. I didn’t expect to, but I loved it, and I just saw… oh, actually, I hated it. I shouldn’t talk about that!
What about on TV?
I love Modern Family. And I’ve always loved Friends. I’ve seen every episode of Friendsbut I’ll still watch it.