In this hilarious interview with the New York Times, Jennifer Lawrence speaks about Silvering Linings Playbook, fun on the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and among other things M&M’s with her face on it (so cool!).
On a rare weekend break from shooting the second “Hunger Games” installment in Atlanta, Ms. Lawrence was holed up in a SoHo hotel room with an expansive view of Lower Manhattan. In black jeans and a white top she sat cross-legged or sprawled on a bench at the foot of the bed, still unmade, eating breakfast and talking openly about her life, with many segues for dark humor. Honing her sarcasm to be understandable, “that’s, like, my No. 1 thing that I have to work on,” she said.
Then there was what she called “the boob day,” in March, when she showed up for a “Hunger Games” book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square wearing an emerald dress with deep, deep décolletage. “That dress looked so good on,” she said. “And then when I was sitting at this table the only thing you could see were children cheering and just” her breasts “about six inches above the table.”
Her life changed profoundly and suddenly with “Hunger Games,” the adaptation of the first in the best-selling Suzanne Collins trilogy of young-adult novels, about a dystopic society where children are sacrificed in yearly reapings. Fans and critics alike debated whether Ms. Lawrence was suited for the part, carping online about her physique and relative newcomer status. But the film, directed by Gary Ross, earned over $400 million and made Ms. Lawrence one of the top-grossing action heroines of all time. It also made her, overnight, a paparazzi target. “It gets overwhelming, where I’ll cry in my car, but not to the point where I don’t want to do what I’m doing,” she said.
Three more “Hunger Games” films are due: “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” Parts 1 and 2, all to be directed by Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend”). His style, Ms. Lawrence said, is more fantastical than Mr. Ross’s, but both remain true to the books, a must with such a devoted fan base. “It’s also something that I’m proud of,” she said. “Like, I don’t get annoyed when the guy at the bar says, ‘May the odds be ever in your favor.’ ”
She grew up the baby of the family, working on her parents’ horse farm and children’s camp in the suburbs of Louisville, Ky. Still tomboy-close with her two brothers — they wrestle — she is equally silly on set. She sported a bite mark on her hand that she said came from her “Catching Fire” co-star Woody Harrelson in a finger-mustache game she invented and dubbed the Sanchez. “He actually didn’t bite me; I ran into his teeth,” she explained, as if that made it better. Preparing for an emotionally heavy moment involving dead children, “I put a rubber band on my nose to make me look like a pig and walked out and did the scene,” she said.
Ms. Lawrence has never had an acting coach or teacher. “That’s how I can go about life free as an idiot: because I have no idea what I’m doing,” she said, deadpan. But Mr. Ross, who cast her as Katniss, said she needed little training. “She doesn’t make it too complicated for herself,” he said. “She doesn’t have anything approaching a self-indulgent process. She’s very relaxed, she’s chatty, she’s almost part of the crew in some ways because she’s so confident in what she’s doing. She doesn’t have a lot to be nervous about.”
Oh, Jennifer! So funny as always! Head over to NY Times to read the full article!