The Kentucky-born Lawrence, who was nominated for an Academy Award last year for her gritty work in Winterís Bone, knows that her life is about to change. Big-time. The Hunger Games is being heralded as the next Twilight, with all of the box office expectations that entails. But instead of vampires, this story has a fight-to-the-death reality show, political conspiracies and the brutal deaths of small children. In other words, Lawrence isnít just playing the next Bella Swan; sheís also playing the next Jason Bourne.
In the weeks leading up to the release of the film, Lawrence, who laughs often and quicklyóat herself as much as everything elseóhas intentionally been taking it easy, hanging out with her friends, surfing, going grocery shopping and mentally preparing for whatís to come. May the odds be ever in her favor.
GLAMOUR: So, are you ready?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: I feel like Iím in the eye of the hurricane right now. I just recently started cleaning like Iím insane, and Iím starting to think itís my anxiety over the movie. I think itís a bit like, ďIím just cleaning the refrigerator handle. The movieís not coming out. Iím going to clean it spotless, and then my life will not change.Ē Itís just scary. I feel like I got a ticket to go to another planet and Iím moving there and thereís no turning back, and I donít know if Iím going to like that other planet or have friends there. Itís daunting.
GLAMOUR: But you thought about all of this before you took the job, right?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: I gave myself three days. I knew from reading the books that I loved The Hunger Games. I just didnít know if it was worth changing my life for. Iím at a peaceful place right now. The people who used to ignore me at parties, now theyíre nice to me and kissing my ass. But nobodyís staked outside of my house. I wanted to make sure that when I said yes, I wouldnít regret it. And I donít regret it. I would have said no because I was scared, and then I would have been that bitter actress telling my grandkids, ďIím the one that turned it down.Ē
GLAMOUR: Being very famous does seem crazy-makingÖ.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: In some ways, itís a hard life, but itís a great professional life. Iím doing what I love, and then I get months and months of rest. I have a lot of money for a 21-year-old. I canít stand it when actors complain.