In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Jennifer Lawrence talks about meeting Daniel Radcliffe, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Katniss, being a fan of Harry Potter and more.
How long have you been shooting Catching Fire? Two months. I think we’re halfway through. I only get to depression when these movies end. I have so much fun doing them.
Had you read the books? Yeah. I read the books and then I found out they were making them into movies. It’s kind of nerve wracking to join something that huge. I had chosen my path. I was going to be the indie actor. I was going to drive my kids in a minivan and have a normal life. I knew if I said yes to this, it would change my life. I wasn’t sure if I was ready.
Did you actually seriously think about turning down the role? Yeah. I had about three days [to think about the offer]. I was much more on the side of no than I was yes. If I’m honest with myself, the thing that was driving me to do the auditions was actually being competitive. Everybody wanted it. I wanted to give my best.
Why did you finally agree to play Katniss? My mom told me I was being a hypocrite. Then I realized if I was going to be well known for something, this was actually something I would be proud of.
Why is Katniss is a good role model for girls? She’s this Joan of Arc that doesn’t see herself that way. She kind of grows into it. And she’s strong like a male hero with a vagina. It’s good for our 13-year-olds. I probably shouldn’t have said vagina, but you get what I’m saying. Vagina! If you’ve got it, shout it.
I read somewhere—and this could be totally wrong—that you’re a Twihard. That’s so funny. I read the book when it first came out. I was like, “F yeah, this is awesome.” I’m more of a Harry Potter freak. I read all the books three or four times. I know every spelling or incantation. I end up speaking sometimes in Harry Potter terms.
Have you ever met Daniel Radcliffe? Yeah, I screamed in his face. We were both doing Letterman. I grabbed him by the shoulder. Of course, I’m in 6-inch heels. That makes me 6-foot-4. I’m towering over him, saying, “I love Harry Potter!” His security people were nodding to each other—should we go?
Read the entire interview HERE.