May 19th, 2011
03:33 PM ET
Just as “Hunger Games” fans were skeptical about Jennifer Lawrence taking on the role of the fiction trilogy's 16-year-old heroine, Katniss Everdeen, it turns out Lawrence was as well.
The 20-year-old Oscar nominee tells Entertainment Weekly that when she first took on the role, she knew “that as soon as I said yes, my life would change…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 author Suzanne Collins’ story of a teen forced to fight to the death in a government-organized, televised match won Lawrence over.
“I love this story,” she tells EW, “and if I had said no, I would regret it everyday.”
Not to mention that this past Oscar season primed her for the role.
Lawrence told “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross that with all of the hair and makeup and wardrobe people coming to her house, she felt “like a rag doll,” simply raising her arms so stylists could slip on her dress and pouting her lips for a lipstick touch-up.
She and Ross “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 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.’”
For more from Lawrence's interview and for photos of the actress as Katniss, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands May 20. "Hunger Games" arrives in theaters on March 23, 2012.
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