Fierce and competitive both on and off screen, Jennifer Lawrence talks about The Hunger Games-Mockingjay Part I, Julianne Moore and taking her cues from men
IFE is good for Jennifer Lawrence. The 24-year-old earns £10 million a movie, has a $7 million, five-bedroom house in Beverly Hills enclave and is the most wanted by Hollywood directors right now. All thanks to her Oscar winning performance in David O Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, and her role as Katniss in The Hunger Games series. About the latest installment, The Hunger Games- MockingJay Part I releasing today, Lawrence, who has sung in the film, speaks about her character, working with Julianne Moore who plays President Coin and dealing with paparazzi. More from her:
How excited are you for your
character in the movie?
I was excited for Katniss to come into her own as a leader, but she’s still a very reluctant hero. In the first movie she wanted to save her family. In the second, she tried to save her friends and herself. Now, she starts to realise the impact she has on the wider world.
What was challenging this time since there’s a paradigm shift in the plot of the movie?
As an actor, the challenge was having Katniss wake up in a brand new environment, where she has to rebuild herself from nothing. Katniss has not only left behind her old life as a District 12 victor, she has entered a world unlike any other. She has to get used to a new way of life in District 13.
Julianne Moore is playing President Coin. How’s your character’s relationship with Coin?
I think Julianne is one of the greatest actresses of all time, just absolutely phenomenal. She was even more impressive in person. She is such a sweet family woman and also hilarious. Our relationship is complicated. We share similar ideals, but with all she’s been through, Katniss feels she cannot fully trust her.
How did you adapt to the mannerisms of your character?
I borrowed from men, mostly, who were quieter than me…I know that’s a weird thing to say but I never really channeled a woman for Katniss. I was the only feminine part of Katniss and I felt like that was enough because I’m not very feminine anyway.
What have you kept with you as a memory from this franchise?
The bow! Our props director told me he would get a new one made for me but I wanted the exact same one that Katniss uses in the movie. It’s full of scratches. It means so much to me.
How was the singing experience in the movie?
I actually cried the day I was to shoot for that. I hate singing, for that matter I don’t even sing in the shower. In fact Liam Hemsworth was very sweet because he actually complimented me after the first take on the set and I told him to shut up.
What keeps teens hooked onto Hunger Games?
I think they like Katniss as a reluctant hero; the other characters are so incredible. The film has strong themes of empowerment and hope.
Hunger Games made you famous. How does it feel to be a star?
People treating you differently when you don’t feel any differently is really alienating. I find people who don’t change. That’s where I get my reality. Nobody treats you any differently [on set].
With the paparazzi following
you everywhere, was it difficult while filming?
I mean, paparazzi suck all the time. When you’re working, it’s distracting and when you’re not working, it’s annoying. I don’t feel like anyone is entitled to know what we’re doing on our weekends and for some reason, the world thinks they are. That’s just how I feel.
The Hunger Games- MockingJay Part I is releasing today.
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