Jennifer Lawrence talks reducing weight for ‘Hunger Games’

Since her breakout function as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games,” Jennifer Lawrence has been outspoken about physique picture. However in a brand new dialog with Viola Davis, the “Causeway” actor shared that she was requested to drop a few pounds for the lead function.

“Those books were huge, and I knew that the audience was children. I remember the biggest conversation was, ‘How much weight are you going to lose?’” the Oscar winner instructed Davis in an interview revealed Wednesday as a part of Selection’s “Actors on Actors” collection.

For Lawrence, “The Hunger Games” was a significant second for breaking obstacles and bringing robust girls to the display screen. She instructed Davis that “nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work” earlier than the hit YA motion collection, which was primarily based on Suzanne Collins’ ebook franchise.

With Katniss Everdeen, heroine of the hunger-stricken dystopia Panem, Lawrence mentioned she had an “awesome responsibility.” She added that she needed followers to narrate to Katniss and never really feel alienated “because they’re not a certain weight.”

“I can’t let that seep into my brain either,” she added.

Earlier than the primary “Hunger Games” movie premiered in 2012, detractors criticized Lawrence for her “baby fat” and “womanly figure,” deeming her inappropriate for the lead character. A yr later, she pushed again towards the haters and mentioned “Hunger Games” was a chance to advertise a wholesome physique picture.

“It’s better to look strong and healthy,” she instructed the BBC in 2013.

Elsewhere within the dialog with “The Woman King” star, Lawrence mentioned her time as Mystique on “X-Men: Days of Future Past” was a lower than uplifting expertise.

“It’s hard to not have that perception of the movie that’s like, ‘Oh, well, it’s just one of those,’” she mentioned. “Especially when you’re painted blue with scales on your face. If you start thinking, ‘I look ridiculous, I feel ridiculous.’ There’s nowhere to go.”

Regardless of her success with “Hunger Games,” Lawrence mentioned being within the highlight finally resulted in her appearing break.

“I could feel my craft suffering. And I didn’t know how to fix it. I was scrambling, trying to fix it by saying yes to this movie and then trying to counteract it with that movie,” the “Joy” actor mentioned. “And not realizing that what I had to do was no movies until something spoke to me.”

She additionally spoke to Davis about motherhood, magnificence and why she isn’t the hugest fan of press excursions. “I’m always very self-conscious of my intellect because I didn’t finish school,” Lawrence mentioned.

“You’re highly articulate,” Davis replied.