Jennifer Lawrence — as The Hunger Games’ Katniss — is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly this week, and her transformation is breathtaking. She was all blond bombshell at the Oscars on the end of February and now, a couple months later, she is 100% Mockingjay. The magazine also gives us a look at Jennifer’s initial thoughts about accepting the role, which is being heralded by many as “the next Twilight.” The actress tells EW, “I knew that as soon as I said yes, my life would change. And I walked around an entire day thinking ‘It’s not too late, I could still go back and do indies, I haven’t said yes yet, it’s not too late.’”
But Lawrence, a fan of the series, just couldn’t turn it down. “I love this story,” she said, “and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.” She also doesn’t seem to be buying her own hype (kinda like Katniss, eh?). We love her description of meeting with director Gary Ross at the height of Oscar season.She says, “He was asking me what the experience was like and I just kind of opened up and said, ‘I feel like a rag doll. I have hair and makeup people coming to my house every day and putting me in new, uncomfortable, weird dresses and expensive shoes, and I just shut down and raise my arms up for them to get the dress on, and pout my lips when they need to put the lipstick on.’ And we both started laughing because that’s exactly what it’s like for Katniss in the Capitol. She was a girl who’s all of a sudden being introduced to fame. I know what that feels like to have all this flurry around you and feel like, ‘Oh, no, I don’t belong here.’”
Want to know what all the fuss is about? Join TheFABlife Book Club and Tweetstakes and read The Hunger Games along with us. We start next Monday, May 23rd — the grand prize winner walks away with a hardcover copy of The Hunger Games signed by author Suzanne Collins, plus a box set of the trilogy!