Interpreter of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise, Jennifer Lawrence said that she was heavily pressured to lose weight before starting filming the first feature, released in 2012. “The question I was asked the most was: ‘How many kilos are you going to lose?’. Of course, that was the most frequent conversation because this was before #MeToo and I am a woman,” she vented.
“They said, ‘Well, it’s called The Hunger Games [The Hunger Games, ou Jogos da Fome, no original]then you don’t want to be [gorda]'” recalled the Oscar-winning actress in a conversation with Viola Davis promoted by Variety. The charge becomes even more surprising due to the fact that Jennifer was already nominated for the highest film award at the time, for her work in Winter of the Soul (2010).
The actress refused to make her weight a concern. “I was young, growing up and unable to go on a diet because… Who wants to go on a diet (laughs)? But I also didn’t want all the girls who maybe dressed up as Katniss to feel like they couldn’t do that because they don’t have a certain weight. It didn’t enter my head,” she continued.
Jennifer Lawrence has admitted that The Hunger Games was a turning point in her career and that the role of Katniss brought a lot of pressure on her. “But it was an incredible responsibility. The books were a hit and I knew the audience was mostly children. There were so many different opinions about who this young woman should be, what she should look like.”
In addition to starring in four films in the Hunger Games franchise, Jennifer Lawrence also played Mystique in four X-Men features, won the Oscar for best actress for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and was nominated three other times for the award – the most recent of them in 2016, for the biopic Joy: O Nome do Sucesso (2015).