Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence on Being Katniss, Walking the Red Carpet, and Why Acting is Stupid

Hunger Games survivor and Catching Fire supergirl Jennifer Lawrence touts some flower power on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine’s February 2013 issue, on newsstands today.

Yes, I realize we’re only four days into January, but that’s how they do it in the publishing industry.

Jennifer Lawrence

The 22-year-old girl’s truly been “on fire” this past year, with her star wattage shining brightly not only in the Hunger Games movies, but also Silver Linings Playbook, House at the End of the Street,  and the upcoming Serena and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

A few tidbits she shared with Vanity Fair:

On being Katniss Everdeen:
 “I read the Hunger Games books when it was Oscar season, so for the first time I was in these dresses which didn’t look like me and didn’t feel like me. I felt like a walking rag doll. I remember sitting there in hair and makeup, listening to the things that they were talking about, and most of the things I didn’t even know … So I read that and I was like, ‘I know exactly how that feels.’”

On walking the red carpet: “It’s uncomfortable having to pose when people are shouting at you, and the next day you just get slaughtered. You walk out there and go, ‘Hate me!’”

On auditioning for her first role: “I read the script, and it was the first time I had that feeling like I understand this. This is the first time I’ve ever understood anything. I was 14. And my brothers were star athletes. And one of them was a straight-A student. I always felt like I sucked at everything, that I could never find the thing that I liked. I auditioned and I probably sucked, but I had decided 100 percent that this is what I wanted to do.”

On keeping a level head. “Not to sound rude, but [acting] is stupid. Everybody’s like, ‘How can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.’”


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