Jennifer Lawrence went from being a little-known actress and star of a depressing-as-the-dickens indie film, Winter’s Bone, to starring in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class as the blue-hued Mystique and also the much-anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games as Katniss Everdeen.

Recently, Lawrence talked to Latino Review about her roles in both X-Men and The Hunger Games, the latter of which has caused a bit of a backlash, due to the intended age and ethnicity of the protagonist. Which is to say, not ‘twenty-years-old’ and not exactly ‘white’ – the age and ethnicity of Jennifer Lawrence.

When asked about being cast in the much-coveted role of Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence said:

“The cool thing about Katniss is that every fan has such a personal relationship with her, and they understand and know her in a singular way. I’m a massive fan, too, so I get it. She’s incredibly powerful, brave, and tough—and yet she has a tenderness and complexity.”

Indeed, Katniss is known for her proclivity to deftly lie as a means of survival. In the first book, she takes the place of her sister, who was initially chosen to be a part of the Hunger Games – a televised death-match for teenagers intended as governmental punishment – and is forced to hide her pain, fear, and sadness from the “audience” to strategically embolden her position in the games.

When asked why she decided to take on the role of Mystique, a complete 180° from her role as the daughter of a meth-cooker in Winter’s Bone, Lawrence said:

“It’s easy to get pigeonholed, so I think it’s important that when one thing gets really big—it’s a wise decision to do the opposite.”

Oh, and then there’s that whole ‘money’ thing.

On the topic of her experience on the set of X-Men: First Class, she said:

“I had a blast. I was living in London for five months, and the whole cast . . . we all legitimately love each other. We got addicted to hanging out.”

Good to know. Unfortunately, she didn’t provide any new information with regard to the forthcoming X-Men prequel – but at least we can take solace in all the fun the cast had on the set, I guess…

X-Men: First Class hits theaters June 3rd, 2011. Meanwhile, The Hunger Games starts shooting soon and is expected to hit theaters March 23rd, 2012.

Source: Latino Review