Jennifer Lawrence can’t help but see herself everywhere. But when a billboard near her home featured a giant picture of her face, it was time for instant reflection for the 21-year-old actress.
“I’ve never seen myself on it,” she says of the familar landmark. “I was sitting at the red light just staring at the poster. I kept trying to get it to hit home. ‘That’s you. Feel it. Feel it.’ I tried, but to no avail.”
The rest of the world sure is feeling it. AsThe Hunger Gamesfever officially kicks off with its worldwide opening today, it’s Lawrence’s face as heroine Katniss Everdeen staring through a pulled bow that is plastered on countless movie posters and billboards.
“There are very few movies as reliant on one person’s face as this movie,” producer Nina Jacobson says.
Sure, there are two male co-stars in Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. “But the attention has been all about Jennifer Lawrence,” says IMDb.com’s Keith Simanton.
Lawrence was turned on to Suzanne Collins’The Hunger Gamesby her mother, Karen, after it was published in 2008.
“My mother has referred two books to me — ever,” Lawrence says. “This and (Daniel Woodrell’s)Winter’s Bone. Both times there was no movie in sight.”
But, through fate or luck, Lawrence eventually would nab the lead role and earn an Oscar nomination for the 2010 adaptation of Winter’s Bone. And after falling in love withThe Hunger Gamestrilogy (“I read all three in four days,” she says), Lawrence found herself in a closely watched casting battle for the role of Katniss.
Director Gary Ross says it wasn’t much of a fight. “I know it when I see it,” Ross says. “Michael Jordan walked into the gym. That’s what happened when Jennifer stepped into the room.”
The Kentucky-born Lawrence has managed to remain self-deprecating (she apologizes in conversations for her “redneck pronunciation” of words) and protective of her private life (she is mum on entertainment media reports that she is dating herX-Men: First Classco-star Nicholas Hoult). But Ross says her grounded life will serve her well.
“She gets up at 6 a.m., she has a quiet, centered life with a great boyfriend,” he says. “She’s a calm, stable person. And she’s going to have a historic career.”
Source: USA Today