Marie Claire meets Jennifer Lawrence

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Former Marie Claire cover girl Jennifer Lawrence talks acting, fame and romance.


Marie Claire caught up with Jennifer Lawrence during her tough two-month training regime for Hunger Games. Getting in shape to play Katniss, the girl fighting to survive in a dystopian gameshow, proved tough: ‘It’s not fun,’ she said, ‘going on runs. I can never wait for it to be over.'

More than 30 Hollywood starlets - from Abigail Breslin to Hailee Steinfeld - were up for the much sought-after role of teen heroine, Katniss Everdeen, but Jen won out and The Hunger Games is the hottest ticket of 2012.


Read the best bits from Marie Claire's interview below.

On fame…

'People started talking to you differently and I couldn't stand that. I'd go to parties where I used to be invisible and now everybody’s watching and listening. There was a weird element and I wondered whether I want to be a director or just do indy films.'


On body image…

'I’m totally normal. You see these 12 and 13 year olds ordering salads with dressing on the side and thinking they need to be on a diet. It’s just so annoying. I understand I’m an actress and I have a job and I have to be in a certain shape and I’m fine with that. But I do want the stick-thin trend to end.

'I’ve been told to lose weight for so many movies,' she continues. 'For Hunger Games it's something I agree with. She's hunting for food. But I just think, anyone who does these extreme diets like gain 100 pounds then lose 100 pounds for the next movie… it’s just not healthy. It’s a role. At the end of the day it’s acting. It’s your body and your health.’

On family…

Jen was raised by mother, Karen, who manages a children's camp and father, Gary, who used to have his own construction business, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was brought up a good church-going girl but says: 'I was never crazy religious. In the South it's very normal. It would be weird for me to go to sleep without praying'

On the Oscars...

'The Oscars itself was the most fun but all those shows leading up to it had so much stress. Like this dress and that dress... I felt like a politician on a campaign trail.'

On fellow actor Nicholas Hoult…

So, (Marie Claire couldn’t help but ask) are the two of you dating? There's a voluble, 'Aww, schucks!!', hiding her shyness with mock embarrassment. We try another tack. ‘So, are you single at the moment?’ There's a silence, then a faint smile: 'No, I’m not single.' Nick Hoult seems like a nice guy, we say. 'Very nice,' she answers back.

The Hunger Games is in cinemas nationwide from Friday 23 March.





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