Jennifer Lawrence: Katniss is not a badass

November 3rd, 2011

Jennifer Lawrence doesn't want her 'Hunger Games' character to be a "badass".

The actress plays 16-year-old the role of Katniss Everdeen who volunteers to be the representative from her district to fight to the death in the games held by the government in order to save her younger sister from taking part and Jennifer was adamant her character would not enjoy the violence.

She said: "I had read the books before I even knew I would be auditioning for the movie, and was a huge fan of the material. 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 [director] Gary [Ross], '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."

While Jennifer loved working on the movie, she admitted the filming conditions were tough for her and co-stars including Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.

She added to Vanity Fair: "The fact that it didn't feel like filming a movie. When we were filming in the woods, it didn't have that Hollywood gloss-it was real snakes, real bears, and really scenes of running up and down a mountain for 13 hours."