Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin Talk Characters, Hawaii and Paparazzi
Teen Vogue have released an extended version of the interview with Jennifer Lawrence and Sam Claflin already available in the latest issue. As always, Jennifer brings her signature humour to the table:
Was it important for you to set a certain tone on set as the leading lady?
Jennifer Lawrence: Yeah, I needed everyone to know I was in charge. (Laughs) I just wanted everyone to be comfortable. When there are new people, it can get awkward, but everyone was so great—including you, Sam.
Sam Claflin: I first bumped into you at stunt training. Your archery put me to shame. I was quite intimidated.
JL: By the sight of my face.
SC: Yea. It really put me off. (Laughs) No, obviously you are a good role model.
How will your characters interact with each other in the movie? You have a … complicated relationship.
JL: Finnick is the most seductive man in the Capitol. At first Katniss is very put off by him, but the more she learns about him, the more she starts to understand and respect him. They become weird friends.
SC: He has charm and charisma going for him, but deep down he has insecurities, which overshadow his “external beauty.”
You shot most of the movie in Atlanta but the arena scenes took place in Oahu. How was Hawaii?
JL: Oh, it was like a different movie. Try being stressed in Hawaii, I dare you.
SC: There’s something about Hawaii where you step off the plane and you feel really chill. Spiritually, it was like a different film. The crew and cast were downsized and it felt more like a small family unit.
JL: We went swimming in between takes. We would go paddle boarding at lunch. It was amazing. But the scenes got a lot more intense. Things get terrifying.
There was a lot of paparazzi following you guys on this journey. Did that make it hard while you were filming intense scenes?
SC: They weren’t around when we were doing scenes so much. It was worse during our downtime.
JL: I mean, paparazzi suck all the time. When you’re working, it’s distracting and when you’re not working, it’s annoying. I don’t feel like anyone is entitled to know what we’re doing on our weekends and for some reason, the world thinks they are. That’s just how I feel.
SC: I was lucky. I didn’t have to deal with it as much as her and Josh—partly because no one knows who I am. I’m lucky.
Jennifer, have you given Sam any advice?
JL: I told him that everything’s going to change really fast. I haven’t really stopped working, which has been exhausting, but also a blessing because I don’t have time to think about it.
SC: I’ve had a very busy year thus far and when this film comes out, we’ll be in the middle of shooting the next one! It’s going to be another busy year.
Jen also talks about returning to a changed Katniss and Sam explains the difficulties of his training regime to get that Adonis Finnick look. You can read the entire interview over at Teen Vogue!