March 17, 2012

INTERVIEW: Jennifer Lawrence talks about her career and her feminine side with LA Times

Jennifer Lawrence talks about accepting the role of Katniss in The Hunger Games, her co-stars, her career, school, and her feminine side in an interview with Los Angeles Times.

On what she finds appealing about The Hunger Games
“The thing I like about this movie, which is different from many others, is Katniss is focused on survival, focused on a revolution and not focused on who is going to be her boyfriend,” Lawrence said.
 On choosing between acting and school
“I always felt dumber than everybody else,” she said, recalling an incident in which a math teacher embarrassed her in a class when she kept asking questions because she didn’t understand the material. “I hated it. I hated being inside. I hated being behind a desk. School just kind of killed me.”
… ”I remember being in New York, reading a script and I completely understood it. I knew I could do it,” she said. “They were offering me contracts on the spot and telling my mom I was good. I was finally hearing I was good at something. I didn’t want to give up on that.”
 On convincing Hollywood about her feminine side
Despite her reputation as a promising young actress, Lawrence said her career hit a speed bump after “Winter’s Bone.” She had trouble landing auditions for more feminine characters, so to shake up her image, the actress posed in a skimpy bikini for a well-orchestrated photo shoot in Esquire magazine.
“There’s just no imagination” in Hollywood, she said. “I wanted to show people ‘Winter’s Bone’ for the performance, but it ended up having the opposite effect. People were like, no, she’s not feminine, she’s not sexual.”
Lawrence endured a good heap of criticism for what many saw as an exploitative play, but it worked. “A lot of people said, ‘Oh, now we have a great actress come along and she’s showing her boobs.’ But that’s exactly what I had to do so I could keep working. Honestly, that photo shoot is what helped me get ‘X-Men,’” she said.

You can read the rest of the article on LA Times.


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