Kat­niss fired up for come­back

Jen­nifer Lawrence re­turns in a blaze of glory, writes So­phie Herd­man

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

JEN­NIFER Lawrence had an abrupt in­tro­duc­tion to world­wide fame. Aged 20, and hav­ing pre­vi­ously ap­peared in just a hand­ful of films, the ac­tress was nom­i­nated for an Os­car and a Golden Globe for her role in the dark film Win­ter’s Bone.

She was thrown into the crazy realm of red car­pets, flash­ing cam­eras and in­tru­sive head­lines – mir­ror­ing the ex­pe­ri­ences of Kat­niss Everdeen, the hero­ine of a tril­ogy of books she was read­ing called The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Kat­niss vol­un­teers to take her younger sis­ter’s place in a tele­vised fight-to-the-death bat­tle called the Hunger Games, which sees two teenagers ran­domly picked from each of the 12 dis­tricts of Panem, and forced to com­pete in the bru­tal con­test.

In the first film, Kat­niss sur­vives the Games and has fame thrust upon her.

‘‘I re­mem­ber know­ing ex­actly how that felt, to be shoved into those dresses that don’t feel like you, say­ing th­ese words that don’t sound like you, and feel­ing like a pup­pet,’’ Lawrence, now 23, re­calls.

Two years af­ter read­ing the books, Lawrence was cast as the stoic hero­ine in the first of The Hunger Games films. That, cou­pled with Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book, re­leased the same year, cat­a­pulted Lawrence to A-list Hol­ly­wood fame. She won a string of awards for her role in Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book, in­clud­ing a Golden Globe and Best Ac­tress Os­car.

Her ac­cep­tance of said Os­car was as talked about as the ac­co­lade it­self. Walk­ing up to col­lect the award in a vo­lu­mi­nous gown, Lawrence stum­bled. Though she re­cov­ered, the em­bar­rass­ment is only now sub­sid­ing.

‘‘I can’t say a cer­tain rem­edy or thought made me feel bet­ter. Time went by and I could stop slap­ping my­self ev­ery time I thought about it,’’ she says.

The fo­cus is back on Lawrence as the lat­est Hunger Games film, Catch­ing Fire hits screens, but she’s get­ting used to the at­ten­tion.

‘‘It’s not this am­bigu­ous scary mon­ster, you know how to move around it,’’ she says. Fam­ily and close friends keep her grounded. ‘‘I have a bub­ble around me – my fam­ily, friends, peo­ple I’ve been work­ing with for years,’’ she says.

stars Josh Hutch­er­son, El­iz­a­beth Banks and Jen­nifer Lawrence.

‘‘I wouldn’t be any­thing with­out them. They’re al­ways there, no mat­ter what. Ev­ery­one else can leave you, but they can’t.’’

Her par­ents played an in­te­gral role in kick­ing off her ca­reer, her mother trav­el­ling with a 14-year-old Lawrence to New York to meet agents.

When of­fers rolled in, they were wary of let­ting their young daugh­ter jet off alone, but Lawrence’s two older brothers con­vinced them to let her go.

By 2006, she had a num­ber of guest roles on TV shows in­clud­ing Monk and Cold Case. A year later, she won a part in a TV sit­com which ended in 2009, a year be­fore Win­ter’s Bone was re­leased.

Lawrence has be­come some­thing of a spokesper­son for hav­ing re­al­is­tic fe­male role mod­els on screen. She has been quoted many times say­ing she will not be pres­sured into starv­ing her­self and even re­vealed a re­cent em­ployer told her if she didn’t lose weight, she’d be fired. Lawrence ig­nored the threat – a bold, and seem­ingly rare, move for a young Hol­ly­wood star.

‘‘I’m just so tired of this idea of the per­fect body, beauty and weight,’’ she says. ‘‘I re­mem­ber be­ing a young girl – you just cling on to any­thing you see, you’re just so sus­cep­ti­ble.

‘‘So I think it’s im­por­tant for girls to not just have one body im­age stuck in their mind, and the idea that that’s per­fec­tion.’’

The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire opens to­day.

Catch­ing Fire

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