Jennifer Lawrence’s Teen Vogue Interview: “I’m a massive fan too!”
She just added another dash of cinnamon to her coffee (from the emergency bottle in her bag) and is eating rye toast off my plate and extolling the virtues of Spanx when she looks at her phone, sees the time, and jumps up.
Sorry, I want to stay and talk more, but I have to go do this Hunger Games thing,” the 20-year-old says. Hunger Games thing? Surely, Jennifer realizes that as the entertainment director at a major teen magazine, I can’t even pretend to be blasé about this. Every young actress in town—fan-favorite Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Emily Browning . . . even complete unknowns—has been auditioning for the part of Katniss, the brash lead in the film based on the überpopular series of novels. I call her out on it; she smirks, shrugs, and sends the rest of this juicy conversation off the record before she races out the door.
The Hunger Games is Suzanne Collins’s searing trilogy of young-adult books that has sold millions of copies in the United States alone. It’s also the heir to the Twilight throne and the hottest property in Hollywood right now. A few weeks later it’s announced that Jennifer has landed the lead. And though many die-hard Hunger Games readers (Gamers? Hunger-ites? There has to be something à la Twi-hards) balked at her casting—she’s too old, too sexy, too pretty, too blonde—the backlash against the backlash has earned her fervent praise. “The cool thing about Katniss is that every fan has such a personal relationship with her, and they understand and know her in a singular way,” Jennifer says. “I’m a massive fan too, so I get it.”