Winter’s Bone’s Author Daniel Woodrell has recently mentioned Jennifer Lawrence to Bookish during an interview. Below is the the quoted interview.
Bookish: Did any of the actors ask you about your book?
DW: A number of them had read it and mentioned that to me. John Hawkes knew the book pretty well and he knew his character pretty well from the book, and although I wasn’t on the set, I heard that he brought up things from the book that he thought might fit [in the movie]. Jennifer Lawrence said that her mother read the book when it was new and told her, “If they make this into a movie, I want you to get this part.”
Bookish: That’s amazing–and look at her now!
DW: Yes. Boy, that didn’t take long. She actually was 17 or something [at the time of filming].
Bookish: Is that the age of the character in the novel?
DW: She’s almost 17. So it was age-appropriate. And I knew that’s one of the things [director] Debra Granik wanted–she didn’t want a 27-year-old.