Jennifer Lawrence Talks The Hunger Games and Harry Potter
With the release of Oscar-buzzed Silver Linings Playbook just 2 days away, Jennifer Lawrence met with The Daily Beast to discuss (in her funny, no BS manner) dancing, director David O. Russell and the fame that has altered her life. Still filming Catching Fire: “Two months [shooting]. I think we’re halfway through. I only get to depression when these movies end. I have so much fun doing them.” Jen talked about the roll that brought her all this attention in the first place:
Had you read the books?
Yeah. I read the books and then I found out they were making them into movies. It’s kind of nerve wracking to join something that huge. I had chosen my path. I was going to be the indie actor. I was going to drive my kids in a minivan and have a normal life. I knew if I said yes to this, it would change my life. I wasn’t sure if I was ready… I had about three days [to think about the offer]. I was much more on the side of no than I was yes. If I’m honest with myself, the thing that was driving me to do the auditions was actually being competitive. Everybody wanted it. I wanted to give my best.
Why is Katniss a good role model for girls?
She’s this Joan of Arc that doesn’t see herself that way. She kind of grows into it. And she’s strong like a male hero with a vagina. It’s good for our 13-year-olds. I probably shouldn’t have said vagina, but you get what I’m saying. Vagina! If you’ve got it, shout it.
I read somewhere—and this could be totally wrong—that you’re a Twihard.
That’s so funny. I read the book when it first came out. I was like, “F***, yeah, this is awesome.” I’m more of a Harry Potter freak. I read all the books three or four times. I know every spelling or incantation. I end up speaking sometimes in Harry Potter terms.
Have you ever met Daniel Radcliffe?
Yeah, I screamed in his face. We were both doing Letterman. I grabbed him by the shoulder. Of course, I’m in 6-inch heels. That makes me 6-foot-4. I’m towering over him, saying, “I love Harry Potter!” His security people were nodding to each other—should we go?
I wonder if she’s on Pottermore! The entire interview comes highly recommended and you can read it here at The Daily Beast. Image via Getty Images. Thanks to Amber for the tip!