Jennifer Lawrence warns: 'Hunger Games is not Twilight'

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Dec 15, 2012

While both book series are YA blockbusters and both center around the adventures of young heroines, the X-Men: First Class alum is quick to point out that there are very real differences.

The absence of sparkly vampires and shirt-challenged werewolves notwithstanding, Lawrence is also talking about the size of Hunger Games' rabid fanbase compared to the Twihards. As she told Vanity Fair:

"Hunger Games is not Twilight, and while I hear the comparisons, it's really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon. I'm so proud of the work we did on the film—Gary [Ross, director] and the entire cast and crew were amazing, and I can't wait for it to be brought to life because I think it's an important story. If it does become a crazy phenomenon, I'll soak up my freedom now!"

Lawrence also spilled a bit on what drew her to the character to begin with:

"Katniss is an incredible character: she's a hunter but not a killer, a 16-year-old who's being forced into the arena. These kids are killing one another only because if they don't they'll die. It's needless, pointless, unjustified violence. It's heartbreaking. When I auditioned, I told Gary, 'I understand if you don't hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone, her face cannot be badass.' So there's nothing cool about her. It's not like she looks around the arena and goes, Yeah, I got this. I think she looks around helplessly, and thinks, I made a promise to my sister that I would survive; now I have to kill in order to do so.'

So, to be clear, the only person that will sparkle is Lenny Kravitz.

(via Hollywood Reporter)