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Kim Kardashian has been called a lot of things, but Jennifer Lawrence may be the first person to compare her to the heroine of The Hunger Games. Lawrence, who plays Katniss in the upcoming film, says she saw parallels to the sci-fi nightmare of The Hunger Games in the media coverage of Kardashian's divorce.
"I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone. But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it," Lawrence tells Parade. "The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain."
She's got a point! Though of course, being Katniss is a lot tougher than being Kim Kardashian, who has never been forced to fight to the death on a twisted reality show. (That we're aware of, anyway. Just to be on the safe side, nobody propose that idea to Kris Jenner!)
To prepare for her role as the wily Hunger Games huntress, Lawrence did weeks of intense physical training ("there was running training, stunt training, combat training, archery"), followed by a grueling shooting schedule.
"It was all really fun but filming in North Carolina in 100-degree heat and 100-percent humidity in cargo pants and leather boots and a jacket was tricky," says the 21-year-old actress. "The whole crew bonded over the heat and the bugs. And I conquered my fear of spiders."
After shooting one of Katniss's key scenes -- when she sprints across an open field to grab a backpack, then fights her way to safety -- Lawrence recalls, "I felt like I was in a car accident the next day." But her pain only made her more appreciative of the character, whom she'll likely play in at least two more installments.
"I love Katniss. She doesn’t have a lot, but she’s happy, and she faces death out of love for her family," Jennifer gushes. "She doesn’t want to be a hero, but she becomes the symbol for a revolution, a kind of futuristic Joan of Arc."
And Lawrence, an Oscar nominee for 2010's Winter's Bone, is already feeling the love from the many fans of the Hunger Game trilogy -- even though the movie hasn't been released yet, which she says is "insane." Look out, Jennifer -- if this movie is as big as they say it's going to be, you and Kim Kardashian may soon be dodging the paparazzi together!