January 18, 2013

INTERVIEW: Jennifer Lawrence talks about Katniss being a role model, Silver Linings Playbook & more with L.A. Times

The LA Times recently caught up with Jennifer Lawrence where she talks about Katniss being a good role model, her Oscar® nominated film Silver Linings Playbook and more.

There’s a refreshing lack of pretense with Lawrence, evident from the moment you meet her and she confesses that heriPhone bullies her, its Siri app calling her “Meredith” whenever she asks it a question. But that’s trivial compared to the disdain that the 22-year-old Kentucky native, who just received her second lead actress Oscar nomination with her turn in “Silver Linings,” feels toward the sense of entitlement that runs rampant in the movie industry. She’s also acutely aware of the influence she has on young women, particularly now that she’s playing the strong, self-possessed heroine Katniss Everdeen in the movies adapted from Suzanne Collins‘ young adult trilogy that began with “The Hunger Games.” 
“I was a teenager too — hard to believe, right? — and remember reading magazines and tabloids,” Lawrence says. “I don’t think the media realizes how much they glorify anorexia. You have an actress who loses a bunch of weight for a role and she’s explaining how she lost it. ‘I ate one grape a day and I lost 25 pounds and I was dangerously underweight and now I get awards.’
“With Katniss, I never meant to make a big deal about it. It was just important she was strong and a warrior instead of being wasted away, especially when, without a doubt, she’s going to be a role model for a lot of young girls. I thought it would be better for them to say, ‘I could look like Katniss’ rather than ‘I’ll never be able to look like that if I keep eating.’”


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