Starring in the Hunger Games was the opportunity of a lifetime, but when the role of Katniss Everdeen was offered to her, Jennifer Lawrence hesitated.
“A yes-or-no question very rarely changes your entire life,” Lawrence tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. But in this case, she knew it would. The Twilight movies had just come out, catapulting its young actors into an extreme level of fame; Lawrence sensed that the Hunger Games series would do the same for her.
Lawrence worried that fame would affect her ability to go out in public or her future plans to start a family. She predicted her parents might have to move to a different, more private home (they eventually did). But then she thought about the character she would be playing in the films and she decided to go for it.
Lawrence’s latest film, Joy, is a comic drama about the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. “A lot of people have inventions or they have ideas and then they bring it to somebody else and they say, ‘I have this idea [but] I don’t know how to make it,'” Lawrence says. “But Joy grew up in a metal garage, so she was in complete control of all of her creations.”
Joy is Lawrence’s third film with director David O. Russell, who also worked with her in American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress.