Jennifer Lawrence only did Hunger Games 'cause her mother made her

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Dec 17, 2012

After a career born on the indie film circuit, Jennifer Lawrence popped onto the mainstream radar with her memorable role as Raven in X-Men: First Class. Of course, that was before she became a bona fide star in The Hunger Games. But did you know she almost turned down the role of Katniss Everdeen?

In an interview with USA Today, Lawrence talked about the casting process, and said she was leery of doing a big-budget studio film like The Hunger Games, especially coming so quickly off of First Class, despite the fact that she actually did like the role.

Luckily, her mom was there to talk some sense into her:

"She was like, 'You're being a hypocrite, because you always say you don't care about the size of the movies.' Because when I was doing indies, everybody was always like, 'Why don't you ever do a studio?' I'd say, 'Because I don't care about the size of the movie. I care about the story. And my mom was like, 'Now you have a story you like, and you're not going to do it because of the size.' The truth was, in the bottom of my heart, I wanted to do it. I wanted to play this character. I was scared of the aftermath, but you can't say no to things because you're scared. You just have to go for it."

As we all know, she did, and now she's one of the biggest up-and-comers in Hollywood—not to mention one of the richest young ladies out there.

Despite her change in status, Lawrence said she doesn't want to lose sight of making good movies. Unless, she jokes, it will get her a private island paradise a little faster:

"You want everything in there, but you don't have enough room, and you're trying to decide what's going to get cut and what isn't. So it was a relief on the last one to know that we don't really have to cut anything. We have enough time, we have enough room to really tell this story to the fullest, and we don't need to cut anything. So that's my artistic answer. It's a very diplomatic answer. But what I'm really thinking is yacht, yacht. My own island."

What do you think? Did you like Lawrence's turn as Katniss, or do you wish they'd gone another direction?

(Via USA Today)