Jennifer Lawrence: "I Don't Diet"

The star of The Hunger Games admits to exercising, but claims she never diets because "you can't work when you're hungry"

Life is a banquet, and Jennifer Lawrence does not plan on going hungry! With the first installment of The Hunger Games coming to theaters this month, Lawrence, 21, is on the verge of Hollywood superstardom. But there are a few things about the L.A. scene that she just can't get behind -- like the zealous diet-and-exercise regimens of some other starlets.

"I hate saying, 'I like exercising.' I want to punch people who say that in the face," Lawrence tells Glamour magazine. "But it's nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It's like, 'Here's your trainer. This is what you can eat.'"

Aside from those studio-prescribed fitness programs, however, the actress swears that she doesn't diet.

"I don't diet. I do exercise! But I don't diet," she explains. "You can't work when you're hungry, you know?"

Lawrence, an Oscar nominee at age 20 for her performance in Winter's Bone, still isn't sure how she feels about the prospect of being the next Kristen Stewart.

"I feel like I got a ticket to go to another planet and I'm moving there and there's no turning back," she says of her imminent fame. "And I don't know if I'm going to like that other planet or have friends there."

Still, she tells Glamour, she would have been a fool to turn down the career-making role of Katniss.

"I wanted to make sure that when I said yes (to the role), I wouldn't regret it. And I don't regret it," she insists. "I would have said no because I was scared, and then I would have been that bitter actress telling my grandkids, 'I'm the one that turned it down.'"

And she doesn't want to give the impression that she's complaining about any of this.

"I'm doing what I love, and then I get months and months of rest. I have a lot of money for a 21-year-old. I can't stand it when actors complain," Lawrence declares.

The Hunger Games doesn't hit theaters until March 23, but its leading lady has already gotten a rave review from one very important critic: Suzanne Collins, author of the trilogy on which the film is based.

"And, my God, the actors," Collins writes on the film's Facebook page. "The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It's such a pleasure to see how they've embodied the characters and brought them to life."

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