A lucky reporter for Newsweek’s The Daily Beast had the opportunity to interview Jennifer Lawrence over a 2-hour dinner in Atlanta (can you imagine how much fun that would be?!). The result is a fantastic read; here’s some of The Hunger Games Q&A.
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.
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.
Jennifer also talks about being a fan of the Twilight and Harry Potter series, and her first meeting with Daniel Radcliffe is hilarious.
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, “Fuck, 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?
And, since Jennifer has no social media accounts except for a rather inactive Facebook fan page, she talks about her inexperience with technology.
What about other Internet technology?
Do you ever feel like the world is progressing way too fast for you? Everybody was talking yesterday about Twitter and Instagram and Tumblr. It was really confusing me and overwhelming me. I literally started losing my breath. People were showing me these hilarious things and I was like—I want to have this. What’s Pinterest? I don’t have it. I know by the time I get it, it’ll be something else. I bought a CD case less than a year ago.
You can read the full article (which we highly recommend – just the opening about how Jennifer ordered her dinner had us cracking up) at The Daily Beast.