Lawrence on being Katniss

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Lawrence on being Katniss

19 Mar – Kentucky-born Jennifer Lawrence has always been doubtful about her roles in Hollywood movies but this time the young actress has the utmost confidence in her portrayal of Katniss in Gary Ross's adaptation of Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games", according to Chicago Sun-Times.

The 22-year-old star admits that she was initially worried about Ross's decision to cast her as the main actress in the movie based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins.

"My first thought was great, here's another book that Hollywood will screw up," said Lawrence.

However, as a fan of the book, Lawrence is determined to bring out Katniss's equally tough and determined persona in the books along with the other cast.

"Everyone involved in this film were fans of the books. We vowed not to make a watered-down version of a great story. I couldn't have been more wrong about Hollywood screwing this one up because we didn't."

The Oscar-nominated star described Katniss as someone that served as a reminder for young women to realize that they are often better than they think they are.

"Katniss is stronger than she knows," explained Lawrence. "She starts out in the film thinking she's a bit cold, but she's actually a lot nicer and warmer than she thinks, too. She thinks of herself as a hunter and never focused on trying to get people to like her."

Lawrence did not expect that her role in "The Hunger Games" would change her career in any way. Instead, she hoped that Katniss's experience in the movie can inspire young girls out there.

"I don't want to think about me, I'd rather think about how this movie will affect young girls. Maybe it will make them feel more powerful, which is the goal."

Watch Lawrence in "The Hunger Games", which will be released in cinemas this 22 March in Malaysia and Singapore.