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When Jennifer Lawrence first read the books in The Hunger Games series -- long before she was cast as leading lady Katniss Everdeen -- she was transfixed by the male leads. And like most girls, she vacillated between Team Gale and Team Peeta. So whose team is she on now that the first film is about to hit theaters?
"Neither. I'm just kidding! I'm so sick of them, you know," she jokes to iVillage about costars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. "I feel like I've already been in a 45-year relationship with both of them, we spend so much time together."
When iVillage caught up with the 21-year-old actress, she dished about the best part of fame, her disgust with Hollywood's image obsession and why she's feeling "strangely calm" about the movie's release on March 23. (Only eight days left!)
The movie's release date is coming up! How are feeling?
Strangely calm. It's kind of like I don’t know what to expect. There's nothing I can do, so there's just this kind of weird feeling of everyone telling me like, "Are you ready? Are you prepared?" And when I get too much anxiety and stress I sort of just shut down and go right back to square one of having absolutely this kind of numb, high way to float through life. I think that might be where I am right now. I got so stressed and anxious about it that now I'm just like, "Yup. Whatever." It's nice here. I feel like I'm on vacation.
You've mentioned that you're not looking forward to becoming a major celebrity like Kristen Stewart. Are there any perks of fame that you are excited about?
It's always odd when actors get scared or put off by the fame thing. You're an actor, you're in movies. At some point it's kind of inevitable that this was going to happen to you. So, yeah, getting photographed coming out of the drug store and and seeing pictures of you that you don't remember getting taken, that's not great. But there's also a lot of perks to it.
I have the ability to kind of help people or make somebody's day. Just like yesterday. I made somebody's day just by waving at them or smiling or signing my name. That's an incredible power to have, to know that you can make somebody's day just by saying "hi" or taking a picture with them. As much as I can complain about it, having that kind of power is a really great thing.
What scene were you most excited to film?
The Stanley Tucci stuff. The Caesar Flickerman -- [Katniss] getting interviewed before the Games. That was the one that was definitely my favorite. That was the scene where she's like freaking out, thinking "I don't know how to get people to like me. I don't know how to do this." And then she kind of realizes midway, "This is a game, and if I have a chance at winning I guess I have to play along."
Going into the movie, were you Team Peeta or Team Gale?
I did what everybody does. When I was reading it, I was Gale, Gale, Gale. Then Peeta, and then Gale, and then Peeta. You know, I went back and forth just like everybody else.
So where do you stand now?
Neither. I'm just kidding! I'm so sick of them, you know. Neither of them. I feel like I've already been in a 45-year relationship with both of them, we spend so much time together. I mean, ugh!
It can't be that bad!
It's amazing. I love them. I'm so jealous, [Josh and Liam] are doing all of their interviews together. I have to do them all alone. That sucks. No, it's hilarious. They're my boys. I love getting to spend any amount of time with them. They're idiots. I love them.
Are they pranksters?
Yeah, they're pranksters. I mean, we're all stupid. Like, you know when you have those friends that when you're together, your brain just melts out of your ears? Like laughing at the dumbest things? That's the three of us. Whenever we're together, our IQs just drop to zero, and it's nice and refreshing.
Are there any similarities between you and Katniss?
I did chuckle when she was going on a whole press tour and was wearing these dresses that she's not comfortable in. She doesn't feel like herself, and she has a camera in her face and all this and has to make everybody like her. I laughed to myself and said, "I know how that feels." But that was the only time, really.
Did that help prepare you at all?
No, because she handles it completely different. You can never compare your characters to yourself because then you're just being you, and that's boring. I would hate to watch myself in a movie.
You were nominated for an Oscar for Winter's Bone in 2010. How did that change your life?
My personal life didn't really change, to be honest. I was kind of at this really blissful place where I was recognized professionally, so I got really great scripts and I could meet with really amazing directors. But my personal life was unfazed completely. So that was a very blissful time that I'll always think back to fondly.
When we talked to your costar Elizabeth Banks, she said she loves that you're "not a precious vegan L.A. actress." What would you say to that?
Thank you! Neither is Elizabeth. Yeah, thank you very much. That is awesome.
You also talked recently about how you don't diet and or stress about your body. Do you think there's too much pressure on actresses to be skinny?
Of course. But that's everywhere. I remember being in middle school and everybody being on diets and babysitting and being at lunch while the girl I was babysitting for asked for salad dressing on the side. It's one of those disgusting things that everybody has to put up with. But the funny thing about it is everybody is told to lose weight -- and then the skinny people are told they're too skinny. They need to put on 10 pounds.
I think it's just an obsession with complaining about everyone in Hollywood. Like, the skinny girls get just as much flack as the "fat" girls, and Hollywood just always wants to change. It's just a matter of never being happy where you are, I think.