Lawrence starred in “Winter’s Bone” in 2010, which put her face on the Hollywood map. When considering playing the starring role of Katniss in “The Hunger Games,” the actress says she understands what the character was going through.
“When ‘Winter’s Bone’ was getting nominated, I had only done indies, and suddenly I was introduced to this brand-new world where I didn’t feel like myself. I was in these weird gowns and listening to people talk about things I didn’t understand. And I remember reading that in the book and being like, Oh, my God, I know exactly what this feels like,” Lawrence told Vogue. “I don’t know what it’s like to get ready for your death, but I do know what it’s like to be almost a puppet. And then when I was making the second film, I had become more acquainted with that world, and I think that’s something that Katniss experiences. She is different when she comes back. She does feel more comfortable in the Capitol; she understands the people more, and it’s not as eerie and scary and unfamiliar. She kind of knows how to work the system.”
Lawrence has seen first hand that fame isn’t always peaches and cream. But, despite the paparazzi and loss of privacy, the actress says acting is what makes her happy.
“I know it sounds so stupid, but it was kind of like I finally found something people were telling me I was good at, which I had never heard, ever. And that was a big reason why my parents let me do this. One time, my mom was on the phone with my dad, saying, ‘We’re paying for therapy and all this medication, and we don’t need it when she’s here. She’s happy.’”
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