Jennifer Lawrence for Glamour Magazine

Posted on March 01, 2012

We’re about to be hit with a metric shit-tonne of publicity for this Hung Gamers movie, aren’t we?


Jennifer Lawrence featured in the April 2012 issue of Glamour magazine. Fashion editor: Anne Christensen.

On her first thoughts about The Hunger Games being turned into a movie:
“When I heard they were making the movie, I was like, ‘oh, that’s nice –they’re going to ruin another great book.’ But then I met Gary [Ross, the director], and he was unbelievable and brilliant and genius.”

On life in the public eye:
“In some ways, it’s a hard life, but it’s a great professional life. I’m 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 can’t stand it when actors complain.”

Damn skippy, girl! We can’t stand when actors complain either. So is this Hungry Game movie something we should be on top of, kittens? Are we about to get hit with Twilight-level marketing efforts? Hold us. We’re frightened. Are angry fangurls going to descend on us like crazed macaws every time we say something less-than complimentary about one of the stars? Because lemme tellya, those Stewart and Pattinson fans have knives. We’re traumatized. We scream every time we see a Twilight ad now. But that’s probably not that unusual.

Anyway, we’ll never mind featuring Jennifer here because we think she’s fun and cool with a great take on her lot in life. Plus, she can turn on the sexbomb looks at the drop of a dime. It’s almost eerie how she can go from “cool girl who lives in the dorms” to “Ann Marget on ecstasy” from one shot to the next.

Elie Tahari Spring 2012 Collection


On taking on the role of Katniss in The Hunger Games:
“I gave myself three days. I knew from reading the books that I loved The Hunger Games. I just didn’t know if it was worth changing my life for. I’m at a peaceful place right now. The people who used to ignore me at parties, now they’re nice to me and kissing my ass. But nobody’s staked outside my house. I wanted to make sure that when I said yes, I wouldn’t regret it. And I don’t regret it. I would have said no because I was scared, and then I would have been that bitter actress telling my grandkids, ‘I’m the one that turned it down.’”

On getting in shape and dieting:
“I hate saying, ‘I like exercising.’ I want to punch people who say that in the face. But it’s nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It’s like, ‘Here’s your trainer. This is what you can eat.’ I don’t diet. I do exercise! But I don’t diet. You can’t work when you’re hungry, you know?”

Yves Saint Laurent Spring 2012 Collection

On adjusting to her life as a famous actress:
“Just recently I started letting myself eat things from the minibar. When we were kids, we would never open the minibar. A $6 Snickers bar? But the other day I was in a hotel and I was staring at a Snickers bar, and I finally just ate it. Then it was like something in me snapped. I opened all these drinks. I thought: I can do it now. Now I’m all grown-up. I can eat things from the minibar.”


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  • Rachel S.

    I love her. I had some reservations about her being Katniss (I’m a fan of the book but don’t worry I won’t go twihard crazy on you if you say something negative about one of the stars), just because Jennifer is so damn gorgeous and in the book the character is supposed to be twiggy and somewhat starved looking (it’s set in a war-torn America in the future), but after watching “Winter’s Bone” (you guys should really see that if you haven’t) I have no worries now. She’s great.

    Also, the books are good, but they’re definitely not high literature by any means. They are good for teen books though. Not like Twilight at all.

    • EditKitten

      “Winter’s Bone” is amazing on its own, and she was really wonderful in it.

      • fireontiger

        She really was fantastic in that movie. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started watching it, but it really made an impression on me.

        • EiEiOh

           Winter’s Bone was amazing.  Not an easy movie to watch but so good.  And it made me fall in love with Jennifer Lawrence.  I really liked the Hunger Games trilogy and I’m very excited to see the movie.

      • JosephMuriel99197488

        neighbor’s mother earned $13234 the previous week. she has been making cash on the laptop and got a $318000 house. @facebook-1465504041:disqus All she did was get blessed and apply the information shown on this

    • Carol

      If the trailers are any indication, we the diehards shall have no worries about Jennifer as Katniss.

      • mshesterp

        That trailer gives me goosebumps every time i see it!

    • miwome

       I watched Winter’s Bone when they hadn’t cast Katniss yet but JLaw’s name was floating around. After I watched it I was really rooting for her to get it. I mean, the entire movie is basically Katniss’s life in the Seam, but weirdly more violent, and she was incredible in the movie. I think she deserved that Best Actress nomination, even as a brand new face.

  • EditKitten

    “I hate saying, ‘I like exercising.’ I want to punch people who say that in the face.”

    OK, I’m a fan now!

    • Jill_3

       I know, right? She’s kind of awesome. What a refreshing, hilarious interview.
      I’m also way stoked for the Hunger Games, because she really is a talented actress. Winter’s Bone blew my mind, and the Hunger Games books are really tremendous.

    • Amelia Logan

      “What if I really do like working out?” asks the exercise instructor… Really you just have to train yourself into believe that being uncomfortable is enjoyable (and worthwhile).

      • Tapetum

         You can’t possibly be considered weirder for liking working out than I am. I like exercising, and my exercise involves people trying to punch me in the face! (Karate instructor) I long ago discovered that if someone wasn’t trying to break my nose, I got bored fast.

        Hmmm. *ponders new motivations to get students to attack properly*

        • EditKitten

          I will say, I love Pilates — to me, it’s like the perfect mix of Zen and lifting weights. Of COURSE I’d love the crazy-expensive exercises.

      • EditKitten

        Oh, I get the worthwhile part … and I don’t hate working out as I’m doing it. I can just find a hundred other things I’d rather be doing at that moment (eating, drinking … ).

  • Kathrine Marlow

    It’s a great trilogy, I recommend reading it.  I cannot WAIT for the movie.  She was amazing in Winter’s Bone. Awesome/badass chick

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Am I the only one that saw the toddlers & tiaras pose in the black catsuit? Cus seriously, if she was just nodding her head while doing that I’d feel the need to give her a grand supreme title.  Not that I watch that show or anything. (But I must say, if TLo did a recap I could imagine actually laughing myself to death.)

  • Jennifer Wattley

    Hungers Games is way better than Twilight. It’s still a young adult novel, but at least not one where the main character gets a C-section from the teeth of her 108 year old vampire lover that impregnated her after almost killing her.

    I’m just saying.

    • BrooklynBomber

       the main character gets a C-section from the teeth of her 108 year old vampire lover that impregnated her after almost killing her.

      What?!?!  For reals or are you being “poetic”?

      • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

        No that is for reals.  

        • EspyRants

          and then her werewolf boyfriend falls in love with their baby….sorry SPOILERS

          • JosephLamour

            The only thing that could have spoiled anything was reading Twilight, so don’t worry.

          • adnama79

             There should be a universally recognized statute of limitations on needing to put spoiler alerts.  People keep being all, “No spoilers!” when I talk about The Wire.  I want to respond, “You’ve had 8 years!”

          • Sarah Thomas

            On the other hand, without a statute of limitations you can get a call from your mother on a random Tuesday night where she greets you with the words, “OHMYGOD GANDALF’S ALIVE”

          • Cautiously Pessimistic

            I had someone freak out at me a couple years ago when I started talking about The Princess Bride.  I mean, seriously, she’d had twenty years to see that.

          • JohannaEG

            I spoiled Hamlet for a cashier at my local grocery store who had a copy at her register. “Everyone dies? Even young Hamlet?” I’m just glad she didn’t ask about Ophelia specifically. Might have done her in.

          • adnama79

            Okay, Hamlet is DEFINITELY past the statute of limitations.  

      • Leigh Anne Statton

        For reals.  That is part of the plot of the last Twilight book.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Yikes. I guess I’ll stay on my course of not reading or viewing Twilight!

        • Snailstsichr

          I couldn’t make it through the first chapter. Now I know why.

          • GorgeousThings

             Same here. I just wanted to take the book and whup Bella upside the head with it.

        • Pterodactyl111

          To be honest, it was kind of absurdly awesome. 

          • natalia h

             I loathe the books but I’m actually thinking about watching the movie just to watch that scene. I didn’t read the last book but the comments I’ve read about it? I got my popcorn.gif all ready and set!

          • Pterodactyl111

            Going into the movie with a lot of alcohol and the attitude that it’s a comedy makes things a lot better.

          • lovelyivy

            They had me at climactic baseball scene. A baseball game of death. Literally. I couldn’t not watch them all after that. Between that and the strong sense that RPatz knows the things he is saying are egregiously stupid as they fight his dignity on the way out of his mouth, I love the movies.

            Also, Taylor Lautner’s complete lack of talent combined with eye-searing hotness is a turn on.

      • muzan-e

        For really reals. swore that a faithful adaptation would make for one of the most heart-stopping, grotesque horror films ever made in the US.

        Months later I’m still giggling over that. *g*

    • MilaXX

       say what now? That is the stuff fan fic is made of.  And the very reason I avoided Twilight like the plague.

      • Maria Rosenfire

         About 90% of the fanfic authors that I know have more self-respect than that.  It’s like a teenaged David Cronenberg took control of the book for a hundred pages.

    • Spicytomato1

      And don’t forget how she sustained herself during the pregnancy…with sippy cups full of blood. 

      I dragged myself through the series for the sake of my Twihard friends (and actually the first one was bearable) but that was my last straw before I flung the book at the wall. The fact that books 2-4 were published is beyond my comprehension (money, I know)…to call Stephanie Meyer an “author” is like calling Sarah Palin a “scholar.”

      • adnama79

         Before the whole thing erupted into the Twifest, I picked up the book in the store, read a page, and shook my head over the piss poor writing.  Some editor somewhere is laughing his/her ass of b/c that editor was able to look past the shit and see the gold.

        Never read more than that one page, no matter how many of my friends did.

        Hunger Games, now, I’ve read twice and distributed far and wide.  I wish the dystopian shit in HG held up better, but the pacing and action couldn’t be more entertaining. 

        I just hope there’s not too much Peeta vs. Gale.  I got tired of that shit.  (They both suck.)

        • NC_Meg

          When I hear people say “Team Peeta!” or “Team Gale!” I want to punch them. IT’S NOT ABOUT THAT, OK?

      • Sarah Thomas

        Or a ‘feminist icon.’

  • Micaela Cannon

    I like both pictures although it’s kind of jarring how it went from one shot to another. I’ve gotta say that those were some of the most refreshing quotes I’ve read from an actress in a long time. I can’t think of anything she’s been in, but that gave me a little more respect for her

    • Rachel S.

      A few other commenters have mentioned “Winter’s Bone.” I saw it recently (it’s on Netflix instant watch) and wow. Just wow. She is amazing.

    • Shannon Stewart

      X-Men: First Class.  She was Mystique.

      • adnama79

         She was very good as Mystique, too.  So, we know she can play conflicted.  That’s gonna be useful in movies 2 and 3.

    • Irene

      Yeah I am not sure that I have EVER thought an actor came across as sensible and truly well-adjusted in an interview, and she nailed it.

  • MarissaLG

    I’m shocked! She seems really cool, and the photos look great. I can’t WAIT for this movie!

  • raininmai

    I am so eager for The Hunger Games movie.  Please, please don’t let it disappoint me!  I recently saw J-Law (did I just coin that?) in “Winters Bone” and she was terrific, so I have great faith in her ability to do right by Katniss.  Anyway, she’s giving great face in these shots.

    • Spicytomato1

      Oh yes you did. J Law. Nice.

    • Cassie

      Sounds a wee bit like Jude Law, though.

    • adnama79

       I already have my babysitter lined up for March 23.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    Great shots!

    By whom is that last dress?

    • chill85

       Looks like Lanvin, from the runway shot (that belt looks like the one Emma Stone wore that one time—why do I know this?).

  • Democracy Diva

    I don’t know much about her, but what a refreshing interview! Nice to see someone who’s like, “No, my life’s not HARD, you moron. Talk to Jennifer Aniston if you want someone to complain about fame.”

    • kingderella

      “In some ways, it’s a hard life, but it’s a great professional life. I’m 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 can’t stand it when actors complain.”

      oh god thank you so much! thank you thank you for saying that!

      • brokephilosopher

        yeah, what a PERFECT quote.  I’m sure that being an actor isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, but it is so grating when famous people bitch and moan, as if they don’t realize how many people are scraping by, and how many people are busting ass trying to get any kind of living out of the arts.

        I also loved the quote about the minibar.  It’s so relatable to me–maybe because I recently graduated college and got a real person job so I keep going “shit, shit, I’m a grown-up!” every five minutes.  next time I stay in a hotel I am TOTALLY taking the hit for a $6 snickers bar.

      • AnaRoW

        In all fairness, I feel like most actors start out with a good attitude but the more famous they get the more the negatives start piling up (people following you on vacation, endless speculation about your love life, going through your trash, predicting your death or divorce every other week, posting pictures of you lying in your coffin, etc.). I’m not remotely famous or rich but I feel like complaining about the tabloids/paparazzi.

        • adnama79

           And that’s going to happen to her after these movies.  And she, rightly, considered that before taking the part.

          But yeah, I think it’s legit to complain about having strangers follow you 247 and try to take pictures of your kids and stuff.  I’ve heard that it actually gets pretty dangerous to be followed like that.  Of course, if that happened to me, I’d fucking stop making movies.

      • formerlyAnon

        That IS a startlingly intelligent & grounded quote. But the one that really makes me feel kindly towards her is the hotel mini bar story.  Somehow that story captures for me the feeling I’ve really gotten (still get!) when I ‘acheive’ something in life. More childish glee mixed with disbelief than any kind of mature feeling of satisfaction. (ETA: and I’m more than twice her age.)

  • EspyRants

    It’s not Twilight (she says joining the chorus of voices who have to say this every time the Hunger Games is mentioned.) It’s really great. Every single one of my family and friends are obsessed. Except for the ones who think Sci-Fi is “beneath them.”

  • MitchellGilburne

    Totally relate to the minibar story. On an unrelated note; TLo, the Hunger Games are most certainly young adult fiction geared towards teenage girls – and possibly especially towards teenage girls who devoured twilight like a love starved werewolf, but they have a bit more creativity and intellectual heft and certainly present a far more compelling world. It’s still young, and sometimes rough around the edges, but the Heroine of the Hunger Games makes a faaar better role model than Bella Swan any day! 

    P.S. it has some fun Sci-fi twists which I know at least one of you will totally eat up, and you’ll have fun with the fashion habits of the rich and heartless in this world. No need to run to Barnes and Noble, but the comparison to Twilight doesn’t really hold

    • FashionShowAtLunch

       Actually, there is enough violence in there that the boys can actually enjoy them as well.

      • MitchellGilburne

        Oh dear. I apologize if I implied that Hunger Games is *only* for girls. There’s a huge conversation here, but violence need not be the only reason these books can appeal to boys, nor should it count against their appeal to girls. However when keeping the conversation in the extremely shallow waters of the twilight franchise (I read and enjoyed all 4 books well enough so I’m not hating too hard) I think it is necessary to recognize that the primary (though by no means exclusive) demographic for both is teenage girls. 

        Ultimately entertainment is not and probably shouldn’t be gendered. We all like what we like and making it as difficult as possible for others to mark borders is half the fun.

        • FashionShowAtLunch

           Completely agreed!  Just an off-handed tounge-in-cheek comment.

        • miwome

           It’s interesting to me that you said “possibly especially towards teenage girls who devoured twilight,” because I think of it as kind of being a self-consciously separate camp. Like, there are Twilight people, and there are Hunger Games people. (And then there are people who love to hate the Hunger Games because they think the ending sucks and Suzanne Collins is too cruel to her characters, but they’re still really Hunger Games people.)

          I know I sound like a…what would the equivalent of a Twihard be for HG? Anyway, I know that was really nerdy, but my point is I don’t tend to think of those audiences overlapping. Have you observed this at all? (I’m legitimately curious, not baiting you.)

          • MitchellGilburne

            I actually see plenty of room for overlap. And I think my point had more to do with the marketing of the movies, which is most certainly chasing after the Twihards. That being said, I think that those who enjoy Twilight are not necessarily limited in their tastes to shitty writing and fan-fictiony plotting, and that the (packaging aside) the idea of a willful female protagonist in a familiar but fantastical setting (obviously this doesn’t perfectly describe either) is enough to hook a large swathe of those who browse the young adult section. 

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       Oh wow, I would love to see a T.Lo article on Capitol fashions!

      • ohayayay

        Like x1000. T.Lo, I really want you to read the series just so you can eventually do a post about the film costumes.

        Also, Lenny Kravitz is the stylist. LENNY KRAVITZ IS THE STYLIST FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE ABOUT TO GO FIGHT IN AN ARENA TO THE DEATH. Yes, they have stylists.Part of the dystopian society in Hunger Games mimics our celebrity/fashion/luxury obsessed culture and reality TV. It’s as if LA was the U.S. capital, and they created a reality show competition wherein all us poor folk from the flyover states have to watch our kids battle in an arena fight to the death, only with dramatic/sexy editing, teenage-Survivor-style.

        • adnama79

           Lenny Kravitz is Cinna???  Awesome.

          Woody Harrelson is going to be a kick ass Haymitch.  (Haymitch = chronically drunk older former contender who had to kill a bunch of other people to stay alive and now has to coach children who go into the ring every year, knowing that 99% of the kids he coaches are going to be killed)

          • ccinnc

            I’m remembering Cinna in the book as being more subdued in his dress.  Is that incorrect?  I seem to recall Katniss feeling relieved that he wasn’t like the rest of the stylists.

          • adnama79

             That’s right, ccinnc.  I’m thinking, though, that he was still suitably arrayed for his position as stylist.  I pictured him as flamboyantly dressed (maybe not to the extent of others, but beyond what Katniss had seen at home) with a manner and voice that changed in private.

          • akprincess72

            Ugh, I am NOT pleased with the Kravitz casting.   He just isn’t who I pictured & with friends of mine we spent an entire hockey game choosing far more suitable Cinnas.

          • adnama79

             Who’d you come up with?

          • akprincess72

            Honestly, Carson Kressley (who annoys me) or Jay Manuel (who doesn’t).  They both have ‘serious’ eyes & could work with being Cinna, the stylist who is less flamboyant & has more gravity.   

    • joything

      Believe it or not, I knew Suzanne Collins slightly when we were in college.  When I found out she had produed this best-selling trilogy, I thought, it has got to be high quality, and smart with cool twists.  She would not do less. 

      • MitchellGilburne

        She really is great! Have you encountered the “Gregor the Overlander” series? They’re written for an audience maybe 3 years younger than the hunger games, but they’re delightful!

  • Marie Drucker

    The Hunger Games is really good. You should read it (said Marie the librarian).  I can’t comment on the Twilight fans or movies (or the books, because I will not read them), but the Hunger Games fans should be a gentler bunch. I hope.

    • adnama79

      Hunger Games:  I love it.  You don’t have to love it, but why don’t you try it?

  • Patrick Cleary

    I can eat from the minibar!

    • jenno1013

      Seriously.  To this day, I remember the first time I ate from the minibar, which was the first time I traveled for business.  I have a corporate credit card!  I can eat from the minibar! 

  • Andreas Stahl

    Not only am I very excited for the movie, I loved the minibar line! And the one about excercise. She seems like a genuinely cool person.

  • thoroughlymodernmillie

    Hunger Games books are NOTHING like Twilight. Fans are somewhat rabid with anticipation regarding casting and the desecration of the source material, but that abated somewhat with news that Suzanne Collins was very involved in writing the script.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Oooh – what a fabulous name thoroughlymodernmillie – excuse me while I go and dance the Tapioca!

  • Judy_J

    I still don’t eat from the minibar….

    • 3boysful

       Me, either!  But isn’t it funny how ingrained it is in you, that even someone who really doesn’t need to watch pennies has to think about it before doing it?

      • Judy_J

        Maybe I’ll put that on my bucket list….one day I will throw caution to the wind and eat from the minibar!

        • 3boysful

           You’re so funny–“see the pyramids”; “skydive”;   “stroll the Champs Elysees”; “eat from the hotel minibar without guilt”!

    • MaryMG

       Yes, I have never eaten from the minibar, but one time I got room service! It felt utterly decadent, but I will never do it again. Just can’t stomach a $15 burger.

  • Kate

    She’s absolutely gorgeous! As for the books… if you keep in mind that they were written for a younger audience, they’re somewhat entertaining. Just don’t get me started on how apparently all that IN YOUR FACE violence is ok for that target group, but when it comes to romance, there’s barely a kiss and some hand holding. Right, because that’s what humans do when faced with IN YOUR FACE violence! 

    • Spicytomato1

      I know…kids killing kids. Don’t get me started either. We had a long discussion in my book group of how young is too young to read them. My kids’ elementary school library has them and I think K-5 is too young. Same as with Twilight, people seem to want to excuse the content by saying “Well at least they are getting kids to read.” Weak. If you have a young kid reading THG, they need some serious guidance through them. On their own, they are apt to be distracted by the main messages about war, poverty, inequality, the dangers of reality TV, etc. by ” “cool” costumes and “awesome” survival games.

      • adnama79

        When I was 11, I read Watership Down and understood most of it.  I think I would have understood Hunger Games–after all, it’s not subtle. A good % of the narration is about the horror of it all and her sorrow at the loss of humanity of her fellow players, etc. I’d prefer a child read HG to watching most movies or television shows.

        I was restricted from “the big books” in my school library and that annoyed me no end.

        My copies are currently in my husband’s junior high/high school classroom.  Plus the extra set I had to buy to meet demand.  :)

      • miwome

         I don’t know. I read a lot of books about girls becoming knights or other forms of badass when I was pretty young, and they were definitely aimed at my age group, and in them sometimes the protagonist killed or injured someone, or watched someone die. Yes, I loved reading about the horses and the armor, but I was never led to believe that the killing was something to be taken lightly. I think it depends so much on how the books are written, the perspective of the main character. Katniss is clearly sickened by the whole thing, and that has to color the impression of whoever reads it. (I agree kindergartners shouldn’t be reading them–for that matter, the majority wouldn’t be capable of it–but a precocious eleven-year-old could handle it, I think.)

        @Kate, re: sexuality: I think that has more to do with Katniss herself than anything else. She is soooooo not ready to be handling it, between what’s happening to her and her total fear of love/attachment due to her parents. (Trying not to give too much away.)

  • kimmeister

    She has an enviable rack.

    • Kristy Evans

      Agreed. I felt like such a creep, but I watched an interview she gave wearing a tight blue dress, and as charming and effervescent as she was, I couldn’t help thinking, “Her body is SLAMMING.” Re: her boobs.

      • Cassie

        She has a KILLER body. Fit and slender but still curvy. Delish.

  • notthatbuffy

    I don’t think the Hunger Games fans are fanatical about the actors. They are fanatical about the books and the source material. 
    That being said, love the shot with the bow. I hope they become the new must-have accessories like handbags.

    • lalagigi

      You clearly haven’t met my 14-year-old daughter who is in love with Josh Hutcherson and plans to marry him!

  • Sobaika Mirza

    I CAN’T FRIGGIN’ WAIT FOR THE HUNGER GAMES. I already bought midnight screening tickets. Is that lame? I don’t care.

    Anyway, she is gorgeous. I was really apprehensive about the casting initially (she doesn’t seem very post-apocalyptic hunter/gatherer) but she seems like she’d be fun to hang out with.

    • MilaXX

       I’m good and grown and I have a midnight tix as well. I’m sure I’ll be taken for someone mother, but the best part about being a grownup is you can do these things and not give a damn.

      • adnama79

        I can’t do midnight ’cause I get too tired.  But I did buy my tix for the theater that reliably kicks people out if they talk, text or have their cell phone on.  :)

  • Ashley

    This movie is going to be MAY-juh, but I don’t think the fans will be as rabid/PITA as Twihards.

    • Spicytomato1

      I agree. 

  • turtleemily

    Hunger Games is a Battle Royale rip-off. Not sure how scary its fans are aside from all the casting wank across the blogs.

    • adnama79

       I never wanted to see Battle Royale before I read Hunger Games.  Now I’m a little tempted.  But still squeamish…

      • turtleemily

        The gore effects look low budget late-90s, so they’re more funny than gross IMO. 

        • adnama79

          They played several Battle Royale trailers in the theater where I saw Hunger Games.  Pretty interesting…

          (Alamo Drafthouse rocks, for the food, the drinks, the entertaining pre-shows and the kicking-out-disruptive-patrons-policy. If one opens near you, go.)

    • miwome

       I don’t get this. Hardly any stories ever told are truly original in their premise. Why is it that everybody gets mad about this particular case? (I see this complaint over and over again.)

      • stardust462

        I agree. There’s children fighting to the death (where one is on TV, the other isn’t) and government using it to control their citizens, but the differences end there. I think… it’s been awhile since I’ve read or seen Battle Royale.

    • JMB_edits

      And not that far off of the Bachman books (Stephen King alternate nom de plum)  Esp.  “The Long Walk” and “Running Man”  (book, not dreadful movie).  There are no “original ideas”! 😉

      • turtleemily

         There are no “original ideas”!

        This is very true. We’re all the monkeys eventually writing Shakespeare. 😛

  • Amanda

    I agree with what everyone said. I’ve only read the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy but it’s not just a love story like Twilight. And I don’t think the fans will be as rabid as the Twilight ones, I think they’re more like Harry Potter fans. Just sayin…

  • serenitynow02

    Anyone who says she hates exercise is okay by me. And she looks great in the photos. Haven’t read any of the Hunger Games, but I’m sure I’ll be so sick of all the publicity that I won’t want to.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Honestly fellas, The Hunger Games trilogy is well worth a read.  I started Book 1 one evening and found myself staying up ’till 2am because I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN!  Same thing with the second book.  I have some reservations about the third book (it has a very different, compressed, time scheme by comparison to the other books) but am still happy with where the story ends up.

    So, you know, this time around you can believe the hype.

    • GenXcellent

      Yeah, a friend of mine just read it and it took her only 2 days…took me 4 because I was busy with other things, but still it was a very quick read. Very engaging.  So there’s still time for everyone to read it before opening weekend! 

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I have to admit that when I finished reading the third book I started straight over again with the first book.  And then I read them through again after that!

        I’m really, really looking forward to the film.  In a cool, calm and dignified way as befits a 40 year-old mother of two.  But inside I’m completely flipping out and yelling Squeeeeeee!

        • GenXcellent

          I’m actually waiting until to read the third book until I see the movie. I figure once the movie ends I’ll (hopefully*) have that bittersweet “now I want more” feeling which will be a great segue into the book.   It’s already on my kindle and ready to go….

          *I’m assuming the movie is going to be at least somewhat good.

    • ccinnc

       Agree with you about the 3rd book.  I read them all in 3-4 days.  And I’m 55 years old and prefer political/nonfiction/biographies. My 23-yr-old daughter pushed them on me :) while we were on vacation with my husband’s family.  During one part I had to leave the room because I was about to weep openly, and that has NEVER happened to me before. 

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Funnily enough it was my (mid sixties) mother who pushed them on me – having had them pushed on her by my lovely, also 40 year old – sister-in-law.

        I’m curious as to what brought you to tears, though I could hazard a guess.  First book – Rue and the flowers?

        • ccinnc


          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Yeah, I’m right there with you – every time I’ve read them.  Powerful stuff.

          • adnama79

             I cry when she takes her sister’s place.  Even in the trailers.

      • adnama79

         I pushed them on my mother-in-law.  But I’m 32.  She’s 68.  Same idea.  😉


      • miwome

         Ha. I’m 23 and pushed them on my 61-year-old mother, who is now really bummed that I can’t see the movie with her because I moved out of the States. (I’m bummed too! If it doesn’t open here I will be v. upset.)

        • akprincess72

          I’m 39 & borrowed them from a 50+ yr old & then I pushed them on 24 & 36 yr old friends.    They’re just GOOD books…

    • muzan-e

      Likewise – and I’m an awful snob who on general principles never reads YA novels. Never. I finished the first one in two days. I lost sleep over the second, and I cried over the third, and I can’t wait ’til my daughter’s a little older because then I’ll be handing it to her. It has things to say to teenage girls, important things.

  • Alli

    Bigger shitstorm than Twilight, TLo – Hunger Games is actually well written. I still can’t get behind the idea of her as Katniss but I’m all over seeing the movie for Liam Hemsworth. TEAM GALE.

    Also, that minibar quote killed me – that’s totally something I would do.

    Also also? Her boobs are FANTASTIC.

    • adnama79

      Bigger shitstorm than Twilight – $155 million box office opening weekend!

  • Alyssa Caruso Ivins

    T-Lo, ya gotta read the books! They’re very entertaining and much better written than the Twilight series but it’s still young adult – so it’s not exactly Shakespeare. After my initial shock that they would cast someone so bombshell-y to play a sort of scrappy 16 year old I’ve kinda came around to the idea of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. I’m really hoping to not be disappointed.

  • DeborahLipp

    That minibar story is made of HUGE PILES OF AWESOME. Just sayin’. 

  • Kerry McCombs

    She’s refreshing. I’m digging her vibe, baby. I’ve read all the books and they have a similar love triangle thing to Twilight, but otherwise they are very different. What isn’t too different is the rabid fan base. People freaked out with Jennifer Lawrence and her BLONDE hair (Katniss is not blonde! Katniss is not fair-skinned!) until the author of the books signed off on her and the movie people died her hair. Then it was all ok. I think Hollywood is definitely hoping Hunger Games can take over where Twilight left off when it comes to a money making film series.

    • Grace

      Well, just speaking for myself as a woman of color, given the dearth of female characters of color in fiction, I loved that Katniss was written as not Anglo (IMO it’s pretty clear she and Gale are supposed to be multiethnic/multiracial). I would have been fine with their casting white/Anglo actors to play Katniss and Gale if the casting calls had been open to everyone who fit the description of the character – but they were only open to white actors. I also thought the director’s comments that they could just use makeup and hair dye were incredibly privileged and insensitive. Time and again roles like this that could be huge breaks for young actors of color are white washed and it makes me angry…which is why I’m not supporting the movie.

      • adnama79

        I didn’t know the casting wasn’t open!  WTF? 

        I was hoping for a more diverse cast. 

        How does one find out about the casting process for a specific movie?

        • Grace

          Sometimes media outlets report on casting. covered the whitewashing of Katniss’ character a few times, including here:

          • adnama79

             Thank you for the links.

      • ccinnc

        It never occurred to me that Katniss was a multiethnic character.  My father is from the Appalachians – I assumed Katniss was poor white, like his family was. Or maybe I just wanted her to be like me.

        • miwome

           It’s not very emphasized in the book, but they mention that she’s olive-skinned, I think. If you google around a bit you can find the quote pretty easily, as people have been discussing this. Racialicious talked about it, as well as Racebending, which @Grace mentioned just upthread.

          • Natalie Daniels

            I never thought Katniss was multiethnic and yes, I was very aware
            of her olive skin in the book. To me that generally connotes Mediterranean coloring. Plus,
            with them living in the Appalachian region and her sister being blonde and blue eyed it seemed unlikely to me (although
            of course not impossible) I never
            assumed that her father was a man of color. As a multi-ethnic person I look for
            myself in literature all the time but I certainly didn’t see it in Katniss.
            What surprised me were all the people who were shocked to find out that Rue was
            black. Did they read the book?

          • miwome

             I admit it hadn’t occurred to me either when I read it, but clearly it did to a lot of people. As to Mediterranean–there are three sides to the Mediterranean; one of them is the Middle East, and one of them is Africa. North Africans can look pretty white, just as can many Arabs*, but that doesn’t necessarily mean our society counts them as white. So there’s that. At the same time, it could just mean she was mixed-race, as you said; those combinations don’t always come out the same for every kid. Look at Heidi Klum and Seal’s children–some of them look very different from some others.

            Agree about Rue. Surprise I can understand–people are blind sometimes to what they don’t want to see–but what really got me was when people got UPSET. Like, all the “sorry lol rue is NOT black this is ruining it just my 2 cents haha” really disgusted me.

            *The whole issue of who counts as a North African and who counts as an Arab and how those things overlap is way to complicated to get into here, so I’m leaving it alone.

          • Grace

            This fan art is something like what I imagined Katniss to look like: At least in an American context I think someone who looked like that would be read as a person of color more often than not.

          • Grace

            She seemed pretty clearly multiethnic or at the very least non-Anglo (unlike Jennifer Lawrence) to me…and it’s not that unusual to have siblings of multiethnic ancestry who look different enough from each other that they are read differently, race-wise, by others. There are also groups in Appalachia of multiethnic ancestry who look a lot like Katniss and Gale are described:

          • adnama79

            I thought Suzanne Collins did a really good job of writing descriptions of her characters that were suitably vague as to allow several important characters to be what the reader wanted to relate to.  That’s how I interpreted Katniss and Gale. 

        • filmcricket

           I’ve said this before, perhaps here, but I always assumed Katniss, being from the Appalachians, was what Catherine Zeta-Jones refers to as “Black Welsh” (like Black Irish). You could make the mistake that both CZJ and Zachary Levi (also of Welsh descent) were from the Middle East/Mediterranean, given their dark hair and tan complexions, but they’re white. There’s a lot of Welsh and Scots blood in Appalachia, so that’s where I figured Katniss’s colouring came from.

          • ccinnc

             Interesting – I’ve never heard the term Black Welsh until now, but my dad’s last name is of Welsh origin so it makes sense.

          • Grace

            Could be, but there are also groups of multiethnic ancestry in Appalachia who look a lot like Katniss and Gale are described:

          • filmcricket

             Interesting, I did not know that. Thanks for the link. And yes, that’s a perfectly reasonable background for Katniss.

        • akprincess72

          Given the appalachian area she’s in, I was assuming more native american coloring.

  • SarahBeth

    The Hunger Games books are FANTASTIC. They’re definitely YA but I feel like that adults can read them and enjoy them – and there is something for everyone. A bit of a love story, a bit of sci-fi, a bit of action adventure. And I love the fact that they’re set into the future. I’m stoked for the movie!

    Anyway, Jennifer looks great, and she seems so down to earth and normal – which is refreshing. :)

    • Amy Ellinger

      That’s a nice summary of the books’ content. My husband loves them, as does my 16 year old sister. (I’m 30).

      There are some pretty adult themes, but they’re not addressed like an after-school special. Basically, it doesn’t talk down to the reader- the author seems to respect her reader’s intelligence.

      And Gale is HOT.

  • StirringSavannah

    i am a big fan of the hunger games.  i am not a teen, and i had no interest in the twilight series.  it’s an amazing and gritty story about a war torn country.  definitely a good read!

  • lalagigi

    My two teen-aged girls are O.B.S.E.S.S.E.D with the Hunger Games trilogy…more than Harry Potter or Twilight…so much so that they spend every free minute LARPing with their other friends (also girls) and pretending they are in the games. Seriously, complete with weapons and costumes!

  • Hillary Schuster

    What refreshing sound-bites – she sounds cool (love the thing about punching people in the face).

  • Laura Schultz

    Starting to see publicity for Hunger Games? It’s been going for months already… 

    I think I like this girl. I hope the movie is good.

  • Me Again

    She was fantastic in Winter’s Bone.  T-Lo, you must see it.  She was good (not fantastic) in X-Men First Class.  I think she’ll make a great Katniss, and I’m super stoked for the first movie.  The only thing I’m NOT happy about is that they are already planning to split the third book into 2 movies, like the last Harry Potter and the last Twilight.  It worked for HP, because so much happened in the last book, you just can’t shove it all into 2 (or even 3) hours.  In fact, HP 7, Part 1 was one of my favorite HP movies.  But for Twilight and Hunger Games, I don’t love the splitting idea – it will result in a penultimate movie based on the first half of the last book in which not enough happens.

  • Anathema_Device

    Oh, I think I love her just based on the minibar story.

    She is really gorgeous in these shots. So versatile.

    The Hunger Games books were really fun reads. I’m not so vested in them that I’ll freak out if the details aren’t perfect or certain story lines have to be altered to work on screen. I think she is a good fit for Katniss.

    Our whole family read the books, so it’ll be fun to go see the movies together. I love that kind of family bonding.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      That’s how my family saw all the Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Superman movies back in the 70s and 80s – very special memories.

      For the three consecutive years that the Lord of the Rings movies came out I took my parents and brother and sister-in-law to see the films as a wedding anniversary gift for my folks.  Their anniversary is Christmas Eve and the movies always came out around Christmas.  It was a lovely wee tradition while it lasted!
      I hope you and yours enjoy The Hunger Games when it comes out.

  • Elizabeth Wiggs Maas

    LOOOOVE her. Don’t worry, though, you won’t get attacked for criticizing things about the movie or cast (hopefully). The books are actually pretty good – thought-provoking and interesting in a way Twilight wasn’t. Twilight was cotton candy; Hunger Games is steak and potatoes. You guys should read them! Even my husband got on-board, and he’s a boring lawyer who never reads fiction.

  • Catherine Hann

    As Hunger Games fans know, the main characters for this book are supposed to be from Kentucky/West Virginia coal mines. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are both from Kentucky, which I think is totally awesome. Good job Gary Ross!

  • MilaXX

      So is this Hungry Game movie something we should be on top of, kittens? Are we about to get hit with Twilight-level marketing efforts?
    Yes, as far as I know there’s a EW cover and a special issue of People magazine coming out this month as well. OPI has a polish line, Sephora sells the crazy eye lashes and a bunch of other stuff I can’t recall. Their stumbler page is kinda awesome. As for the books, personally I think the first was the best and strongest, but they’ve already greenlight the second book so I’m pretty sure this will be filling the void left from harry Potter & Twilight.
    I like Jennifer Lawrence. She is werq’ing the hell out of that black jumpsuit, btw, so I won’t mind seeing her face plastered around for a bit as long as she stays as grounded as she sounds in this interview.

  • mjude

    your bitter kittens will hold you TLO, but yes indeed the hunger games are going to explode. i loved the trilogy, great story for so many reasons.  i am quite sure the fanatics are hiding until its time for the games to begin :)

  • Call me Bee

    I just learned about Hunger Games from my 30 year old daughter who is now reading the books.  She said they were very entertaining–a good story and appropriate for teens.  I guess one of the charcters goes on a liquor bender–then feels really awful and sick for three days afterwards.  A good lesson to teens, I think. 
    Anyway–Jennifer seems to have a good head on her shoulders.  And she’s cute as a button! 

    • miwome

       Ha. He’s a full-time alcoholic. He sort of straightens out for a while in the first book out of basic necessity, but most of the time he’s a huge mess and the main character & friend are always shoving him in the shower and such. It’s not played for comedy much, though–mostly tragedy, or sheer grossness.

      • Becca Robson

        I think Call me Bee is referring to when Katniss gets drunk with Haymitch after learning that she’s about to go back into the arena for the second time in “Catching Fire”. She had one hellova hangover, I believe!

  • j_anson

    Aw, she seems like a nice kid.

  • Sarah Winningham

    The boobalicious shots, particularly the one in the jumpsuit , would have been great when she was promoting Mystique but seem wrong-headed when the primary complaint about her in this role is that she doesn’t look like the malnourished young teen she’s supposed to be playing.

  • reddhouston

    I hope they don’t use the same type of marketing Twilight did, it such a different type of book.  It isn’t really a love story at all but a story of survival and fighting the system.  It and deals with some interesting morality-type topics for a teen book.  Also, the demographic is different, for example, a lot of my adult hetero male friends enjoy the books so hopefully they would market it more like the most recent Harry Potter movies, that is market it to a very broad audience.

  • Haley Buchanan

    Her soundbites are ridiculously adorable.  ” Now I’m all grown-up. I can eat things from the minibar.”  Too funny!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I’m kinda falling in love with her. Tentatively excited for The Hunger Games movie, because the trailers and early soundtrack releases (except for that Decemberists song, WTF?) make me believe they may have done it justice. She is working that jumpsuit like it owes her money, and I love the picture of her in the floral wreath. I may actually purchase the issue of that shitty mag for these lovely photographs.  

  • AimeeWrites

    In reply to your question about relating Hunger Games to Twilight…no, nowhere near the same.  Twilight was insipid in both forms.  (Well, I assume it was in movie form.  I read the books, which were okay; I couldn’t bring myself to watch them on screen.)

    The Hunger Games is at a much higher level, in plot development, character development, and writing ability.  From what I’ve seen of the previews, the movie looks like a nice tribute.  

    Still, yes, I suppose we are going to get Hunger-Gamed to death.  Seeing as their target audience is the Young Folk, it’s only natural.  It’s unfortunate, however, because this is a series that adults can really love.  (Speaking as one such adult whose kids are still too young to read the book.)

    • GenXcellent


  • pawtley

    Books are great YA, and I think the first one might transcend. I think they’re trying to (transcend YA genre) for the flicks; just check the tone on the trailers that are out (also worthwhile for Wes Bentley’s ridiculous facial hair and Lenny Kravitz inexplicably playing the role that is TLo’s!!).

  • GorgeousThings

    I haven’t read the Hung Gamers books, though my two teenaged sons loved them, and my husband enjoyed them. From their descriptions, HG strikes me as more action oriented and less morose navel-gazing than Twilight. Plus, HG the movie has some kick-ass actors in it.

  • kolokOlchik

    That last quote just made her so personable!

  • Carol

    I would guess that “shit-tonne of publicity” will prove to be putting it mildly and, hopefully, every nanobit of it will be deserved.  Having gotten completely sucked into the books, I am counting the days until the movie’s release.  Btw, I am of an age to have grown children (and do).

  • tripletmom96

    as a parent of teenagers i’m quite familiar with the hunger games series… actually the books are pretty good ( i always try to read the stuff they are – especially any series so i can make sure it’s appropriate).  there should be some interesting costumes and makeup as the whole thing is futuristic.  it’s less romance than action/adventure so i don’t think you’re going to get the same reactions from the fans as you got from the twi-hards.  in my house, actually the one who is the most anxious for the movie to open is one of my sons.  they didn’t want anything to do with the twilight movies.  

  • Arjay Gallo

    I want to watch this “Hung Gamers” movie. It sounds like a perfect 2AM-alone-at-home-my-boyfriend-is-asleep fun times.

  • Phyllis Craine

    China Glaze has come out with  a great collection of nail polish based on the movie…which is about my level of interest in it.

  • ShivaDiva

    Is it just me or is there something odd about that pic with the wreath headdress?  Almost looks like one of those images where someone cuts and pastes a face into a body and hairstyle. I think it’s the way her head is cocked, but her hair doesn’t appear to be.

  • DinahR

    T & Lo,  
    Normally I would say you two are safe skipping this series altogether; except I think an aspect of the books/movies you both might find interesting is that the Hunger Games themselves are Reality TV taken to The Most Disturbing, despicable places.  There are stylists and schemers that work behind the scenes of these games, an entire society of riveted consumers of this televised event. It’s LSFYL taken to a whole ‘nother evil, nasty level.
    Love your blog, thanks for all the work you do in making it happen! 

    • miwome

       Oh man, you’re so right. I was thinking about HG’s relevance to this site primarily in terms of fashion, but the reality TV angle might be even more relevant in some ways. T-Lo! Read the first one and tell us what you think of the concept, if nothing else!

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I didn’t originate this analogy (and I’m probably misquoting), but the difference between Hunger Games and Twilight is that Hunger Games is about hardship and loss and honor and sacrificing yourself for someone you love — and Twilight is about how really, really important it is to have a boyfriend.  Anyway, clothes are a major plotpoint in the trilogy, so Hunger Games should be a natural here.

  • Kimberly Burke

    I would totally pitch hit on the other team for her after seeing that shot in the YSL.  Hot damn!

  • Paula Berman

    The Hunger Games are a worthwhile read– far more intellectual, challenging, and interesting than Twilight. Be warned, they are very violent and pretty depressing. I loved Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone, and while I wouldn’t have thought of her for Katniss, she is a great young actress and will probably do a wonderful job with it. I plan to see it (on Netflix).  PS–Loved her comment about the minibar. That’s how you know that you’ve made it!

  • Cate

    She sounds so awesome and down to earth. i’m honestly seeing this movie just for her.

  • RebeccaKW

    Now I have a girl crush.  She and I would be great friends.  I want to raid the mini bar, too! 

    I don’t know much about this, but I do know there is some sort of Twilight actor-Hunger Games actor feud.  I am totally on the HG side.

  • Mary Nease

    Hinger Games fans are typically more sensible. And you should definitely give the movie some consideration. There’s a lot of fashion-centricity to it that you would like, and I’m looking forward to getting some of the makeup tie-ins. 

  • Claudia Berry

    HG is so much more awesome than useless, stupid Bella and sparkling vampires.  Yeah, you should get on top of this, TLo, the books are like a 2-day read each, and they rock.  And I’m 40, SO not the demographic, but I’m going to watch these 😀

  • Sara__B

    Do read The Hunger Games, T Lo, or listen to it on CD. Suzanne Collins’ book is engrossing, entertaining, horrifying, unpredictable, and unforgettable. I work at a public library, and had planned to read only a few chapters so I could talk about the book with jr. high and high school students. (Post-apocalyptic young adult fiction about kids who are forced to fight to the death for public entertainment is NOT what I normally choose to read.) I devoured the whole thing, and every library patron I’ve talked to, young or old, male or female, has liked it, too.

  • Sara Munoz

    I haven’t read the books, but I do like her a lot.

  • Laura O’Gorman

    I love it. Her realization she’s a famous movie actress is that she can buy everything in a minibar, not clothes or restaurants. That’s probably the most human reaction I’ve ever heard of.

  • Vera

    She’s my fence jumper.

  • MaryMG

    I am a 56-year-old woman who loves the Hunger Games books. I read the first one for free when Amazon opened the Kindle library, then immediately bought the other two. I think you’d love them, too, TLo. Her stylist is a wonderful character and I enjoyed imagining all the clothes that are described for the players.

  • MandyJane

    Wow, she is gorgeous. 

  • Aaminah Khan

    She sounds delightful. I may actually see this movie.

  • VicksieDo

    The Hunger Games is no Twilight!  It’s a future world we could well be headed for, and it’s really scary.  But love, friendship, courage, heart, all those kinds of qualities make Katniss a great role model.  Unlike Bella, the moody teenager wanting a boyfriend. I think Jennifer is going to rock this, because she “gets it” about what the books are about.  She looks gorgeous here too!  Her eyes are so green, wonder if that’s real or Photoshopped???

  • StelledelMare

    LOVE HUH! I’m a huge Hunger Games fan and not at all a fan of Twilight. But don’t worry, I won’t go crazy fangirl on you. She’s gorgeous though

  • Spicytomato1

    Love her. She stands out as refreshingly unique in the increasingly interchangeable, cookie cutter-like lineup of young starlets. Not to mention she doesn’t seem to be starving herself into bobblehead-esque proportions.

    Love how she’s rocking all these looks, although I have to say the wood nymph is always a favorite theme of mine and she does not disappoint.

  • fiestyfashionfem

    TLo – Hunger Games are really great reads – but not “literature.”  They’re engaging and fantastical – with a bit of a feminist bent.  My son describes them as based on the Minotaur myth (he’s a smart one, my kid).  The last book was just kind of “meh,” but the first two are really good.  I think you won’t have the same Twi-hard stuff because – unlike Twilight – Hunger Games is really a commentary on our society – sort of like a (not as good) Handmaid’s Tale – but instead of focusing on misogyny, sexism and religion –   it highlights issues of class, consumerism and the body.  
    Hmmm – misogyny, sexism and religion – shit – we are actually starting to LIVE in the post apocalyptic world of the Handmaid’s Tale.  Arrrgghh.
    I need some mindless images of pretty things – STAT!

  • Maria McGarry

    The books are much darker than Twilight, without reliance on magic and no real happy endings.  It’s more of a good, old-fashioned dystopian literary work.  Think “Ender’s Game” but more realistic.  I told you, I expect you guys to pop up as commentators for some of the juicier scenes in the capital. 

    • miwome

      Hadn’t thought of the Ender’s Game comparison, but you’re quite right. Lose the spaceships and aliens and add more violence and you’re basically there.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    She IS genetically gifted to the nines, but I do wish more actors had her attitude about work and image, and more producers stopped being assholes about it as well.

  • Ani Td

    My only comment on this editorial is that she is styled to look a bit too much like Miley Cyrus, when in fact she is way prettier and has more substance…

  • maddy lucas

    Not feeling these pictures at all!  But I love her interview, she’s awesome.  And Hunger Games is no Twilight!

  • Lisa

    I love the bit about the mini-bar!  That’s awesome – I like her!

  • Linzenberg

    Boys, read the series.  I work for the publisher and, seriously, guys, read the series.  Smart, bone-dry humor, provocative questions being asked, very cinematic writing (Collins wrote screenplays for TV for years before getting her start in lit).  It’s awesome.

    Better than that . . . boys, see the films.  Or at least see pictures of the films.  You will DIE at the fashion.  I worked on the movie tie-ins and it was killing me to see all of this phenomenal Gaultier-on-acid styling and not let the world know about this.  There is some serious capital-F FA-SHUN happening there.  If anything, the hair, makeup, and costume departments will get a nod at the Oscars next year.

  • MidArmJewel

    I think this is really cool:

  • Hayley Doyle

    Why do so many people use the “punch people in the face” term? It’s so violent and disturbing. Can’t we just simply disagree in a non-violent way? 

    • boweryboy

      I get that she was joking so I guess I wasn’t as bothered by it as you were.

    • Alex McGeagh

      What fun would that be?! 

      Just an expression. But maybe I’m just a violent person. 

  • CherBearBlue

    This makes me so excited for the movie–I hope she can really capture how Katniss is a broody, bitchy reluctant hero. Going to be tough, and if the director resorts to an inner monologue, I’ll scream!

  • Peeve

    Most Hunger Games lovers may be more level-headed than the Twi-hards, but the fanatics are out there. The outcry when Jennifer was picked as Katniss tells me so. Yep, it’s gonna be big. For quite some time. I never read the Twilight books (vampires hold absolutely no fascination for me), but the Hunger Games books were great reads.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Woah, she seems super cool. Awesome!

    I sure hope The Hunger Games fans are more reasonable than Twilight fans, because one of these things is more mature than the other.

  • Chaiaiai

    I really love her styling for the bow shot.  I also love that she admits to eating a candy bar!

  • AthenaJ

    Yar. I so wanted to hate this girl, mostly out of full-on jealousy for her apparently perfect rack in that black catsuit… But I can’t help but like her after the ‘punch in the face’ comment. Damn you (and your boobs!) Jennifer Lawrence! On a less crazy jealous bitch note, I can’t wait to see the Hunger Games, but I just hope she can pull off how gritty Katniss’ character is. And no, these books are definitely not Twilight, as many of the other kittens are saying. The series deals with some pretty serious stuff, and at times I was surprised at how brutal they were for YA lit. Trust me, the Hunger Games are A-ok, and hopefully will not reduce the entire female tween population (and their mothers – creepy!) to a bunch of screaming banchees….

  • Hilary Sain

    She’s hilarious, seems smart and grounded.  Love her look too.  Go girl.

  • chloemerchant

    The Hunger Games was actually pretty good. And agree with everyone else who said if you saw Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone, you know she’ll be great in Hunger Games.

  • gsk241

    I’m not a fan of the books, and I don’t plan to see the movie, but this kid is hilarious!  When she hits the talk show circuit, I’ll definitely watch her because I already like her style.

  • giiiirrrr

    The Grecian photo was conceived of by someone who never read the books, cause they’re going for some kind of sexy Diana the Huntress thing except that she ends up at a Renaissance Faire wedding wearing Cher’s castoffs.  Thank God they didn’t go literal with the cover. Girl gives some good face.

  • greatscoutm

    I actually think you guys would really like this series, especially as one of the major ideas, in the first book particularly, is one of style and how the right styling can win over the multitudes, and in the world of the book, MUST win them over or you die.  
    If nothing else definitely check out the first book and if you don’t dig it, I’ll eat my shoe:)

  • muzan-e

    I never read the interviews, because they’re either staged, dull, or insipid.

    But this one actually hooked me. How refreshing! *g*

  • muzan-e

    Please, please consider giving Hunger Games a try.

    I refused to read them myself, at first. From my friend’s description they sounded like an American take on the Japanese Battle Royale – a luminously gorgeous book which spawned a shockingly good film. Young teenagers born into a dystopic future – forced  by their uncaring elders to fight to the death, armed only with hormones and a good dose of angst!  But then my friend, she says: “Well, yeah but…  it’s actually more like the Aztecs, because – ”

    That was enough to prompt a peek at the first few pages.

    There is a hint of Aztec influence, although the obvious reference is the old bread-and-circuses thing. But there’s also a healthy dose of French Maquis, a horrifically flawed heroine, and to my shocked delight it echoes Battle Royale in one very good way: the author pulls no punches. People die, people are murdered, people enjoy murdering; sometimes innocents are brutalised willingly by our resistance, sometimes our resistance decides that No Mercy Ever is absolutely the most efficient route to liberty. and at every step the author is willing to really explore what this does to a person – 

    And did I mention that our heroine is horribly, monstrously flawed? 

    There is a moment in which a sad, regretful conversation between her and someone much like her explodes into a screaming, crying, bleeding all-out fistfight between the two – who know that it’ll resolve nothing, that they’re doing it because that’s what people like them do because they’re no good for anything else – 

    It’s a hell of a good trilogy. It’s got teeth

  • SeriousStyle

    I just started the first Hunger Games book on Sunday and am over half done.  I’m not a fast or often reader by any means but I”m sure I’ll have it finished by the end of the weekend.  It’s a fast read but a damn interesting one.  Nothing groundbreaking but well written and concise, unlike Twilight (I read all of those too…for shame).

    I’m excited to see the movies because I imagine it’s all going to be super visual and I like her as an actress.  Also Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz are in it =)

    So, TLo, if you read the books it won’t take long and I’m 29 and enjoying them, so you might too.

  • Raaid_22

    She is ok. I would have thought katness was ethinic. I know, get a blonde actress and tan her up and give her brown hair. Instant minority. Ps I saw winters bone, not great. A whole lot of indie acting which is to say; you mumble your lines and look distant.

  • Emily Smith

    her interview bits make me totally adore her.  she sounds like someone i’d have a good time hanging out with, unaffected and real.  and she’s hot as shit so maybe i wouldn’t want to hang out with her because i’d end up feeling like an slobby mess lol.

  • jilly_d

    “I was staring at the Snickers bar…..and I finally just ate it.”  Omigod girl, I love you so much.  I thought Winter’s Bone sucked, but she was fantastic.  Just unreal.  The Hunger Games books were like crack to me (coming from someone who never, EVER reads anything from the YA genre).  Can’t wait for the movie.  Love her, love Woody, love Josh, love the books.  Love love love.

  • TheOtherChristina

    She is preposterously lovely and the quotes are adorable, so I don’t know why these photos are leaving me so cold.

    • pokokpuding

       Yup, what you said.

  • sherrietee

    The first book was the best of the lot.  Not that the other two were *bad* mind you, just not great.  First book wasn’t *great* but it was certainly a decent read.  Mostly believable characters, and I think the reason why I didn’t like it more was probably because it had to be written with the audience in mind.  It *is* skewed to the young adult crowd.  

  • Natalie

    I LOVE her excerpt about the minibar— I’m exactly the same! 

  • MissJack

    I think the amount of fame and hype for The Hunger Games is going to be about on-par with Twilight, because the books are quite popular and everyone seems to be recommending them to everyone else So yes, we’re going to get overwhelmed with publicity and merchandise and what-have-you.

    I do think, however, that the fans will not be as defensively rabid as Twilight, because the books are incredibly different. The Hunger Games revolves around the nice little world (and by nice, I mean horrifically dystopic) that’s built for the characters: yes, there is the first-person narrator and teenage romance, but the romance is really more of a subplot arc beneath the major story of the Games and the messed-up world. On top of that, none of the characters are displayed as perfect and are downright unlikable at times (unlike Twilight, where the characters’ perfection is the main appeal), so I can’t see fans treating them with super-crazed worship.

    I don’t know much about the male leads, but based on Jennifer Lawrence alone I’m willing to guess that they’re shelling out much more acting talent and effort for these movies than Twilight ever did. I’m still very wary of the movies (and I think that most of the fans are, which bodes well for dampening the inevitable levels of cray-cray), but I’m cautiously optimistic about them.

    Plus, there are bound to be some crazy-ass costumes in the movie. The main characters live in seriously crappy villages, but the Capitol is basically LA turned up to 11. Plus, Lenny Kravitz as a subtly subversive stylist. I have no idea what the acting will be like, but at the very least the clothes should be interesting.

  • Amelia Logan

    She’s so down to earth. I haven’t been in a hotel that had a mini-bar since I was 12, but I’m sure I still wouldn’t touch it. 

  • AC

    The pictures are gorgeous and I loved every single one of her responses! I’m definitely a fan of hers now!

  • snarkykitten

    “Now I’m all grown-up. I can eat things from the minibar.”

    no, honey, now that you’re RICH you can eat shit out of the minibar

    • AthenaJ

      Seriously… this grownup freaked out when she accidentally opened an $8 bottle of water.

  • adnama79

    I don’t think the demographic that likes Hunger Games is the same as for Twilight.  For instance, my husband and I both read Hunger Games.  He wouldn’t consider Twilight and I put it down after 5 (insanely poorly written) sentences. 

    The thing about Hunger Games:  the books aren’t that great.  But they will make a GREAT MOVIE (or, 3 great movies).  They got passed around my (adult) circle thusly, “Here, read this.  It’s a dumb book but it’s a really good action movie.”

    I’m pissed that Haleigh Steinfeld isn’t Katniss.

    I don’t give a rat’s ass what you say about the stars. If you read the books and hate them, that’s okay, too. They take 2 – 3 hours each to read, tops, so you might consider it on your next flight.

  • RzYoung

    Wow! I’ve managed to not really know anything about the Hunger Games but reading this interview, this dame could sell me anything! She sounds awesome, just, so down to earth and normal. I’m sold.

  • SVLynn

    After seeing her in Winter’s Bone, I think she’s perfect for the role of Katniss. Are these books classic literature?, no, but they’ll make 3 great action movies and a TON of money the trailer when they come up in the arena, looks just how I pictured it while reading , and no, not that rabid Twilight fan base. I think alot more adults have read these and very little adults read the Twilight crap. Love the photos.

  • mike__tv

    Let the fawning BEGIN!!! 

  • Rachel Lee

    She sounds ADORABLE, and I cannot wait for the movie to come out. I will scowl at my computer if another ‘Hung Gamers’ thing comes up, but I won’t go crazy if you say something negative about the actors or actresses. 

  • Victoria Perry

    The Hunger Games books are way better than Twilight.  There is an actual plot.  I am hoping that they don’t screw up the movie.  As far as fangirl levels, I’d prepare for a 8 on a scale of 10.

  • sagecreek

    She does sound refreshing! And I had that exact same minibar epiphany, it was fun.

  • SapphoPoet

    “In some ways, it’s a hard life, but it’s a great professional life. I’m 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 can’t stand it when actors complain.”
    Hope she keeps that refreshing attitude. 

  • Allyson Wells

    Yes, prepare yourselves for Hunger Games mania! If either of you guys are interested in a fast-paced page turner, I think you’d really enjoy the series. The comparisons to Twilight are inevitable because they’re both hit YA novels, but the stories couldn’t be more different… and I’m expecting the Hunger Games movies to be MUCH better than the Twilight ones. IMO there’s no doubt Jennifer is a more talented actress than Kristin, PLUS we get Woody Harrelson as the comic relief and Lenny Kravitz as the fashionable stylist, Cinna! 

    • Amanda Gun

      LENNY KRAVITZ IS GOING TO BE CINNA? OH MY GOD I’m sorry for shouting but I think my brain just flipped itself upside down and died. I LAHVD Cinna and if the movies turn out half as awesome as the books they will be the most amazing thing about living on this planet.

  • Lilyana_F

    I love her features, I hope she goes places. I just read The Hunger Games, if they do it justice, it’s going to be an awesome movie.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    So, to sum up T and Lo:

    A healthy number of your faithful bitter kitten massive has both read and enjoyed The Hunger Games.

    I hope you will give the books and the movies a shot – as others have pointed it out much of the story concerns fashion and reality tv and, as if those two factors weren’t enough, perhaps telling you that one of the characters is a fantastic cat called Buttercup will do the trick!

    • Elizabeth Szubert

       Also, Stanley Tucci with hair.  Bright blue hair that is in a ponytail and looks like his real hair.

      Oh and there’s Donald Sutherland serving up his bad-assery that he clearly passed onto his son.  :)

  • DominoEstella

    The books are great!  I finished the first one in 2 days.  Read them TLO.  You will enjoy them.

  • JMB_edits

    Not the alcoholic, he’s a different issue, I think the bender mentioned is a different character who feels sick after

  • Nancy Robinson

    The fashion subtext in Hunger Games is really wonderful. And there could not be a better, bigger litter of Precious Unborn Fawns than those Capital citizens. From seeing some stills, I am a bit worried that the director’s vision is more Emerald City than overly self-aware high fashion, but, whatevs, still mad to see it.

  • leave_Blake_alone

    These are like my favorite interview excerpts ever. Wow.

  • rebecca

    I’ve never seen her act, but judging by her looks and the interview – I like.

  • adnama79

    Yes, a very relateable quote, the minibar.  I keep getting that feeling, too, formerlyAnon.

  • adnama79

    Going to the bookstore.  

  • adnama79

    Agreed re: sexuality.  I don’t think it’s at all like (what I’ve heard since I won’t read them) Twilight in that falsely pious way/screwed up relationship way.  Katniss is just not personally there–no problem with sexuality.  Isn’t she 14 when the books start, anyway?

  • adnama79

    Wow!  How long ago did you sign up to get “Amanda?”  Impressed.

  • adnama79

     Thanks for the links.

  • natalia h

    I want to wait and see how she portrays Katniss before making my mind up if I like her or not. I ADORE the books, they’re nothing like Twatlight, they’re actually well-written, entertaining, terrifying books. She wasn’t my choice for Katniss, so I was a bit bitter about her casting, but I did get my wish when they cast Josh as Peeta so yay. I’m excited. Only 3 more weeks!!

  • sashaychante

    The minibar…that is funny, and oh so true.

  • unbornfawn

    Yup, be prepared. Hunger Games is going to be a lot like Twilight. These are hugely popular books with the 12 -20 something set. A pretty good read actually. Rather dark story. These fans may trend a little older than the Twilight set, so they may not be as silly in their fangurlness………. But I wouldn’t bet on it.

  • warontara

    I can’t quite get past the weird “just casually pushing my boobs together” pose on the cover…

  • R. L.

    I loved Jennifer Lawrence3 in Winter’s Bone and have read anything that comes out in the media about The Hunger Games since the first two books were so good.  She’s so much more cool than Kristen Stewart.  But, I think there will be a Gale vs Peeta battle just like the Team Edward and Team Jacob strife from the tweenies so buckle up for the ride.

  • marilyn

    Those clothes are WAY too old for her.  It looks a little like the start of a kiddie porn shoot.