What fan story made Jennifer Lawrence cry? And why was she wearing a "morning sickness" bracelet? All was revealed at last Friday's press conference in Los Angeles, where the Catching Fire star told us her most challenging struggles and why the Hunger Games franchise is a powerful tool for younger audiences.
Here are a few highlights from the Girl on Fire herself:
What young audiences can take away from Catching Fire: "It's very easy as a society for us to just kind of follow the feet in front of us. History does kind of repeat itself and I think that's an important message for the younger generation--to see how important they are in shaping our society. Even though you can seem like the only one, even just one voice is enough to say, 'That's wrong.'"
Her most challenging scene and… morning sickness?: "We had a real spinning cornucopia that was going about 30 miles per hour and Jena [Malone] and I had our morning sickness bracelets on. So that was hard trying to keep your cookies down during that situation."
[Costar Josh Hutcherson quickly asked her to clarify, "Morning sickness or motion sickness? If there's something you want to tell me? Maybe now is not the best place!" Lawrence responded with, "I meant motion sickness. My publicist is gonna be like, 'And that's what I'm gonna be dealing with for the next 24 hours!'"]
The fan story that made her cry: "On the first movie, there was a girl who was an extra, and she was covered in scars, she had been burned, and she came up to me and said that she was too self-conscious to go to school when she was younger. And then when she read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, she was proud of her scars and her friends called her the "girl on fire." I remember crying and calling my mom… I can't really still remember the story without tearing up."
Being teased by Woody Harrelson for winning an Oscar: "I brought it to work… and I was like, 'Things are going to be very different!' [Laughs] No, I didn't. The next day, everybody was like, 'Hey, yeah, OK…' and I was like, 'Nothing?' Every time I messed up a line, Woody was like, 'You better give that Oscar back!' I actually wish everybody in this cast didn't know about it. It would have made my life a lot easier!"
On being pigeonholed as Katniss Everdeen: "If I was going to be identified for a character for the rest of my life, well, I love this character, I'm proud of her and I would be proud to be associated with this movie and this character for the rest of my life."
But wait, there's more:
Director Francis Lawrence gave us a few tidbits on Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. "The fun thing about Mockingjay is that we actually get to see a bunch of new districts. We get to see the Capitol in a very new way. We’ll actually be down in the middle of the streets of the Capitol, which will be fantastic. We worked with the production design team to make sure there was an aesthetic unity all the way through. I thought Gary [Ross] did an amazing job with the world building in The Hunger Games so we worked with the same production designer to make sure that the Capitol still was built from the same architecture, that District 12 still had the same almost 1930s Appalachia feel. We're going to do the same with Mockingjay."
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright costar in the sequel.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives in theaters November 22. For all things Hunger Games, jump over to our Hunger Games Guide for the latest videos, news and tickets!