Jennifer Lawrence may have gotten an Oscar nomination for 2010’s Winter’s Bone but it’s her role in the upcoming The Hunger Games that’s put this 21-year-old on the map. Although some fans of the book protested when the actress was cast as the fierce Katniss, author Suzanne Collins publicly supported Jennifer. In a recent interview with Parade magazine, the rising star dished on fame, her character’s heroism, and why The Hunger Games can be compared to a certain reality TV family.
On what makes Katniss such a popular character: “I love Katniss. She doesn’t have a lot, but she’s happy, and she faces death out of love for her family. She doesn’t want to be a hero, but she becomes the symbol for a revolution, a kind of futuristic Joan of Arc.”
On her Hunger Games fame: “I’ve never played a part this famous. It’s insane to get recognized from a movie that hasn’t been released yet. That’s just bizarre. And scary.”
On why The Hunger Games books are so popular: “I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone. But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it. The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain.”
On author Suzanne Collins’ on-set visit: “I was so nervous! I was like, what if she watches me and says I’m awful? But she was wonderful. She’s sweet, and nice, and smart.”
To read more of the interview with Jennfier, visit Parade.com