Jennifer Lawrence: More worried than a warrior

Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends a special screening of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ at AMC Lincoln Square. Photo / AP

Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss Everdeen in the second Hunger Games movie. She talks to Michèle Manelis.

The morning after Jennifer Lawrence tripped over her Dior gown when accepting the Oscar for Best Actress this year, it was business as usual for the 23-year-old.

With no time to bask in the glory of the evening’s success, she hopped on a plane for the Hawaiian ensemble of Catch fire, the second installment of the Hunger games trilogy, to pick up on her day job as kick-ass teen warrior Katniss.

Jennifer Lawrence as revolutionary leader and fearless Katniss Everdeen.
Jennifer Lawrence as revolutionary leader and fearless Katniss Everdeen.

“Yes, I left Hollywood and returned to death and war and destruction,” she says. “When I got back on set there were new rules. No one was allowed to look me in the eye and they were to call me ‘Mrs. Lawrence’,” she jokes about her supposed elevation. of status after the Oscars. “No, everyone kind of made fun of me, actually. On the contrary, that makes you more of a target.”

While she is unmistakably charming, Lawrence is definitely a little more reserved, a little less demonstrative than she was a year ago.

“Well, I’m embarrassed to say it, but last year when I was doing interviews I was all over the place and said things that maybe I shouldn’t have.

“Everyone liked it at first, but I know how fickle people are and I’m afraid I will start to get boring. I would probably be bored, and so I understand. So, I tried to realize effort while pressing for Catch fire be more calm, mature and cool so that no one gets bored of me, but it seems I can’t. “

She grew up with her two older brothers in Louisville, where her parents run a children’s camp and her duties included helping as a nursing assistant.

A precocious child, she had decided on an acting career at age 14 and her parents helped her find an artistic agent. Television appearances followed in shows such as Case closed, Way, and Monk. Then came a few small roles on the big screen, and in 2008, at age 18, she won the Marcello Mastroianni prize at the Venice Film Festival for her role in The fiery plain, in which she starred alongside Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger.

Life changed course when she starred in the indie hit Winter bone in 2010, and walked away with an Oscar nomination, among other accolades. It was a taste of what was to come three years later in his award-winning season for Silver Linings Playbook.

“My career has definitely benefited from the Academy Award and I’m very grateful for it, but I’m happy to say that nothing in my personal life has changed at all. I mean, I’m not going to Beverly Hills and I don’t expect to create a rush Some things have changed, but I wouldn’t say my everyday life has changed.

But does being a model have to have some impact?

“Well, becoming a model is not something you choose, it is something you inherit and it happens without your consent. So yes, I have to be aware of that and be careful of the example I set. to young girls. I remember being that age and how careful I would be what people in the spotlight would say, what they would wear, how they would behave. I don’t want to do anything to upset whoever it is. Or if I do something, I try to make sure that no one finds out. It’s definitely a responsibility that I try to buy into.

But it seems her sweet off-screen demeanor in which she eschews nightclub life in favor of sitting on her couch watching reality TV isn’t going to lend itself in any way. “No, I never found it very appealing to go out to a nightclub or to one of the Hollywood parties,” she says. “I am happy at home.”

But she made the headlines of a different kind. Her new pixie style haircut has been a hot topic around the world. “I haven’t read any of this,” she sighs. “Just hearing about people talking about it is so stupid. You know, I just had my hair cut. I didn’t want to make a national statement with it.”

In her love life, for several years she has had a recurring relationship with British actor and fellow X-Men, Nicholas Hoult, although she remains silent on this subject. “I’d rather not discuss it. I’m not a relationship leader, just a direct actor.”

The young blonde is really lucky. The hunger Games generated $ 691 million ($ 831 million) worldwide and the sequel is expected to eclipse the box office of its predecessor (the third and fourth films, Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 are scheduled for release in November 2014 and 2015.

The first film was directed by Gary Ross (Sea biscuit, Pleasantville) but due to scheduling conflicts he did not return for Catch fire. Instead, Francis Lawrence (I’m a legend) led the sequel. The initial budget of $ 78 million has been increased to $ 130 million. The budget swelled because of the extra special effects, Imax cameras, and Lawrence’s salary, now a hefty $ 10 million, an impressive $ 500,000 increase (plus box office bonuses) that she got. received for the first film.

The films are adapted from the bestselling novels by Suzanne Collins which tackle socio-political issues and contain a strong anti-war message for young adults.

Philip Seymour Hoffman joins the cast as Head of Game Plutarch Heavensbee, while the returning cast includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and Elizabeth Banks.

Despite Katniss Everdeen’s realistic portrayal of Lawrence, a revolutionary and fearless leader, she admits that she is more worried than a warrior.

“I would never call myself a rebel because I have too much anxiety. I mean, I rebel against rude people; I can’t stand that, or bad drivers. But I worry too much about it. get in trouble to be a revolutionary.I’m also afraid of everything: elevators, snakes, ghosts.

“While filming in Hawaii, I was constantly afraid of something, whether it was spiders or other insects.”

She will be the next star in american unrest, in which she reconnects with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper, as well as Christian Bale and Amy Adams. “I was really excited to work with David again. I think he’s kind of an ‘actor whisperer’. And it’s set in the 70s, not really high-fashion, so it led to fun times. “

But for now, she’s entrenched in the world of The hunger Games and there is talk that a possible theme park is in preparation.

Maybe this is a business venture Lawrence would like to get involved in? She smiles. “Maybe I would like to be involved in the royalties.”

Who: Jennifer lawrence
What: Hunger Games – Catching Fire
When: Opens in theaters today

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