Jennifer Lawrence’s life changed after she landed the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, which skyrocketed her to fame, but amidst the excitement, the star was faced with a lot of pressure – especially surrounding her body image.
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As part of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, Lawrence spoke with The Woman King’s Viola Davis about being pressured to lose weight for The Hunger Games. In fact, Lawrence revealed a question that she was asked when she got the role was, “How much weight are you going to lose?”
“In Hunger Games, it was an awesome responsibility,” Lawrence said. “Those books were huge, and I knew that the audience was children. I remember the biggest conversation was ‘How much weight are you going to lose?’ Along with me being young and growing and not able to be on a diet, I don’t know if I want all of the girls who are going to dress up as Katniss to feel like they can’t because they’re not a certain weight. And I can’t let that seep into my brain either.”
Lawrence has been vocal about her stance on body positivity in her roles for quite some time now – especially when it came to the role of Katniss. Back in 2013, she addressed the pressure to lose weight for the dystopian series in an interview with Elle.
“I’m never going to starve myself for a part,” Lawrence said. “I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner.’ That’s something I was really conscious of during training… I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.”
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