A few days ago, back when I showed you the photos from the premiere of Hunger Games, I mentioned that Jennifer Lawrence, the star of the film, “seems to be a pretty awesome lady.” But, as I said, that was a few days ago, and we all know that a lot can change in a few days. See, now I know that Jennifer Lawrence is an awesome lady. See how that works?
But what’s changed? We’ll talk about the main reason in a moment, but a pretty big reason is that I’ve been reading a few interviews with Jennifer. In each and every one of them, she appears to be humble, funny, and adorable, and you know I can appreciate that. Here’s an interview she just did with Parade for an example:
On her Hunger Games character: “I love Katniss. She doesn’t have a lot, but she’s happy, and she faces death out of love for her family. She doesn’t want to be a hero, but she becomes the symbol for a revolution, a kind of futuristic Joan of Arc.”
On why people enjoy the books: “I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone. But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it. The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain.”
On being famous: “I’ve never played a part this famous. It’s insane to get recognized from a movie that hasn’t been released yet. That’s just bizarre. And scary.”
On filming: “There was running training, stunt training, combat training, archery. It was all really fun but filming in North Carolina in 100-degree heat and 100-percent humidity in cargo pants and leather boots and a jacket was tricky. The whole crew bonded over the heat and the bugs. And I conquered my fear of spiders.”
On opening day: “I’m always nervous. I always think this is going to be the end of my career. I’m going to have to go back to school and nobody’s ever going to want to see me again.”
Ok, now here’s the big reason I’m finally starting to really appreciate her: I started reading the books! I’m about halfway through the first one, and oh my goodness. I expect I’ll gush about it much more when I’m done, but how great is it, right? How lovely is it to have Katniss step up and take Bella Swan’s place? I can’t wait to finish the book and see the movie!