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en­nifer Lawrence’s first ma­jor role was on The Bill Eng­vall Show. She then ap­peared in indie films like The Burn­ing Plain and Win­ter’s Bone, which gar­nered her nom­i­na­tions at al­most ev­ery ma­jor awards cer­e­mony that fol­lowed. She was the third youngest ac­tress ever to be nom­i­nated for an Os­car for Best Ac­tress at age 20. At 22, she scored her­self an Academy Award for the same cat­e­gory for her per­for­mance along­side Bradley Cooper in the rom-com Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book. Her role as Tif­fany Maxwell also gar­nered her a Golden Globe, a Screen Ac­tors Guild Award, Satel­lite Award, and the In­de­pen­dent Spirit Award for Best Ac­tress, just to name a few, mark­ing Lawrence as the youngest per­son ever to be nom­i­nated for two Os­cars for Best Ac­tress and the sec­ond youngest to ac­tu­ally win the award.

Born and raised in Louisville, Ken­tucky, she was ac­tive on the lo­cal the­atre cir­cuit and at age 14, con­vinced her par­ents to take her to New York to get her a tal­ent agent. She grad­u­ated from high school two years in ad­vance with a GPA score of 3.9 so she could pur­sue act­ing full time. One pos­si­bly lit­tle-known se­cret about Lawrence is that she au­di­tioned for the role of Bella Swan in Twi­light but Lawrence ex­pressed her relief for not get­ting the part be­cause of the at­ten­tion and feed­back Stewart was re­ceiv­ing. Al­beit fresh on the scene, Lawrence has starred along­side sea­soned stars like Char­l­ize Theron, Jodie Fos­ter, and Mel Gib­son. Her shot at true Hol­ly­wood fame came in the form of her role as Kat­niss Everdeen, the hero­ine of The Hunger Games. Play­ing Kat­niss got the crit­ics singing praises in her name and even se­cured her a sweet spot as the high­est-gross­ing ac­tion hero­ine of all time. She’s been chris­tened “the most ta­lented young ac­tress in Amer­ica”, ranked as one of 100 most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the world, and also named “the most pow­er­ful woman in the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness” by some highly no­table pub­li­ca­tions. Sit­ting down for a chat, she tells us about re­unit­ing with the cast of The Hunger Games on the set of the sec­ond movie, Catch­ing Fire, and meet­ing a few new faces as well as what it takes to be a pos­i­tive role model to her fans. Prob­a­bly work­ing with Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man; he’s in­cred­i­ble. I am a huge fan! And also be­ing able to do very long, in­tense scenes with Don­ald (Suther­land) was in­cred­i­ble. Yeah. (laughs) The wed­ding dress was in­cred­i­ble, it’s stun­ning and un­be­liev­able but I am not good with big dresses. And stairs. She’s dif­fer­ent. She’s suf­fer­ing from post-trau­matic stress from the first Games, and she’s try­ing to get her life back but her life is very dif­fer­ent. She’s liv­ing in Vic­tor’s Vil­lage now, she doesn’t have to hunt any­more, which kind of makes her feel use­less and bored, and there’s a part of life that Gale will never un­der­stand; Peeta is the only one who un­der­stands that part of her, what she went through. And when she has to go back to the Capi­tol, it’s not a for­eign world to her any­more, it’s not some­thing she likes but she un­der­stands it now, and she knows how to work it. We have re­ally sim­i­lar tastes so we en­joy work­ing on the same kind of movies with the same kind of di­rec­tors, and that al­ways lands us to­gether. I love work­ing with him; he’s a great guy, great ac­tor. There re­ally wasn’t any­thing I learned. She’s nat­u­rally dif­fer­ent and any­body would change, es­pe­cially when her life has turned dra­mat­i­cally. And I know how that feels so I am chang­ing how she is do­ing very slightly, but that’s be­cause she has changed in her cir­cum­stances.

The movie also deals with re­bel­lion and all the ac­tors and the di­rec­tor men­tioned what a fun and free spirit you are. Where you like that as a teen?

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